Events

Upcoming events are listed below


Harwich benefits from great attractions and a range of events taking place throughout the year. Discover what’s happening and what captures your interest and then get involved. We hope you enjoy everything the town has to offer.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Margaret Beal – Fabric Fusions (3 day Course) @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

FUSING FABRIC 1

Getting to grips with using the fine tipped soldering iron to cut, fuse and make marks on fabric.  Armed with a fine tipped soldering iron, discover how to cut, fuse, seal, seam, score and make marks on single or multiple layers of synthetic fabric, creating finished pieces that are beautiful in their own right, or make unique surfaces for further stitching whether by hand or machine.  The techniques are easy to learn, straightforward and fun.

FUSING FABRIC 2

This dayschool is a continuation of the techniques covered in Part 1.  Techniques will include applique, reverse applique, layering, and cutwork.  A small amount of machine stitching is involved.

FUSING FABRIC 3

We shall be experimenting with a variety of fabrics, distorting surfaces and manipulating simple shapes to form three-dimensional surfaces. There will be a certain amount of trial and error involved as some of the techniques you will find easier than others.

Surrender & Sanctuary Weekend @ Harwich Town
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.

Surrender100 Event Train: Remembering the U Boat Surrender @ Manningtree Station
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get into the Great War spirit and travel in style to Harwich in a 1918 themed train carriage. Join from Manningtree and experience songs from the era and hear about the surrender of the German U Boats after the armistice of November 11th 1918. A perfect way to begin your day before the main events of talks and archive film show.

Surrender100 Talks Series @ Project Office
Nov 17 @ 11:30 am

Hear from four speakers about a range of topics exploring the centenary of the surrender of the German U-Boat fleet at Harwich in 1918 and what it means today, with a range of speakers and performances by Eastern Angles.

 

  • 11.30am Welcome
  • 11.40am Food and the Homefront in World War One, by Kathryn Fox from the National Archives
  • 12.10pm Oh What A Lovely (Food) War, by Eastern Angles Theatre Company
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 2pm Wrecks of the Peace, by Eastern Angles Theatre Company, imagined scenes from the surrender.
  • 2.30pm Talk – Living Underwater: The life of a Submariner Today, by Duncan Reed
  • Break
  • 3pm Talk (30min) The Archaeology of WW1 U-boat Losses and its Impact on the Historical Record, by Innes McCartney
  • 3.30pm Talk (30min) Deadly Trade: U Boats, by Iain Ballentyne (Books available to purchase on the day)
  • 4pm Discussion and Questions with the speakers: Surrender 100 – what does it mean in 2018?

Tickets £5 Adult, under 21 free (ID required). 

 

U Boat Archive Film Show @ Project Office
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Watch original archive filmed during World War One of U Boats in action, and their impact of the Homefront and food accompanied by a live pianist playing music from the era.

The films are taken from the Imperial War Museum film archive, and show a range of topics including War propaganda, and local Food policy including the Illford Boy’s Pig Club from 1918.

Duration: 75mins

Adults £5, under 21 free (ID required), local residents £2 with code CO12.  Tickets through Eastern Angles Box Office online and Harwich Festival outlet at Harwich Library.

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Margaret Beal – Fabric Fusions (3 day Course) @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

FUSING FABRIC 1

Getting to grips with using the fine tipped soldering iron to cut, fuse and make marks on fabric.  Armed with a fine tipped soldering iron, discover how to cut, fuse, seal, seam, score and make marks on single or multiple layers of synthetic fabric, creating finished pieces that are beautiful in their own right, or make unique surfaces for further stitching whether by hand or machine.  The techniques are easy to learn, straightforward and fun.

FUSING FABRIC 2

This dayschool is a continuation of the techniques covered in Part 1.  Techniques will include applique, reverse applique, layering, and cutwork.  A small amount of machine stitching is involved.

FUSING FABRIC 3

We shall be experimenting with a variety of fabrics, distorting surfaces and manipulating simple shapes to form three-dimensional surfaces. There will be a certain amount of trial and error involved as some of the techniques you will find easier than others.

U Boat Heritage Walk @ HMS Ganges
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Find out about the extraordinary surrender of over 160 German U Boats in 1918 and see a new perspective from the other side of the water. Join us for a short or longer lead walk and discover more about HMS Ganges, the Submariners Memorial, what happened to the men crews, and why this stretch of water was chosen for the surrender.

Comfort break with hot drinks and biscuits available at the church.

Walk duration: 1 hour short route, 2 hours 30min longer route

Walk distance: 0.5 miles or 5.4 miles

Surrender100 Commemoration @ Harwich sailing club
Nov 18 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

A community event remembering the 168 German U Boats that surrendered off the Harwich coast. Watch the community parade of flags representing each boat lead towards a large atmospheric willow U Boat on the beach, with atmospheric spoken commemoration in the setting sun, right next to the water where it happened 100 years ago.

Continue the afternoon with themed food and music from Harwich Brass Band in the Harwich Sailing Club, with artefacts and photographs of the surrender on display.

Did you design a flag? Why not join the parade, or find out more about your U Boat on the day?

 

Timetable for the afternoon (correct at time of print)

3.15pm Parade participants gather on Harwich Green.

3.30pm Parade leaves Harwich Green for the beach with flags.

4pm Commemoration around the illuminated Willow U Boat.

4.30pm Entertainment in the Harwich Sailing Club.

5pm Food served

Entertainment continues until 6pm. Public welcome to enjoy the evening, Sailing Club bar open.

U Boat Commemoration Flag Parade
Nov 18 @ 3:30 pm

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

Nov
19
Mon
2018
Imperial War Museum U Boat Art Exhibition @ The Pier Hotel
Nov 19 – Nov 23 all-day

See displayed for the first-time in 100 years the official watercolours of the German U Boat surrender painted by a war artist in November 1918, right here in Harwich. Discover more about this internationally significant event, and how these paintings link to a similar German watercolourist Carl Bösenroth. Why not stop for a bite to eat in the Pier Hotel afterwards and imagine looking out on U Boat avenue 100 years earlier.

Wartime Watercolour Exhibition @ The Pier Hotel
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm

From the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.

Kindertransport80 Poster Campaign @ Greater East Anglia Suffolk and Essex Train Stations
Nov 19 @ 3:40 pm

Look out for posters commemorating the Kindertransport on the trainlines this November and December. These posters have been designed especially by local children and young people to remember the journey the Kindertransport took 80 years ago, and to promote a special event on the 3rd December.

Nov
21
Wed
2018
Harwich and Parkeston Winter Ale Festival
Nov 21 – Nov 24 all-day

Our little beer festival started in 2002 with a bang – we were literally drunk dry on the Friday night and we even ran out of glasses. The festival continued in the same venue in Dovercourt Town Centre for a further twelve years and we like to think that in that time we built up a reputation as a small but perfectly formed Winter Ale Festival – with a really interesting selection of beers and a nice atmosphere in which to enjoy them.

Surrender100 Inspired Art Session @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come along and be inspired by the original watercolours of the U Boat surrender and begin to develop your own work with the guidance of a local artist. Stimulated by the exhibition and original archive material, we welcome artists and makers alike to come and create responses to the Imperial War Museum paintings and produce your own work to be displayed in the Old Bank Studios in May 2019. Materials supplied, but please feel free to bring your own art equipment or camera to take inspiration.

Nov
23
Fri
2018
Mayflower 400 Illuminate Festival
Nov 23 all-day

The streets of Harwich will be lit up once again on 23 November as Illuminate 2018 festival takes place, aimed at promoting the town’s strong links with the Mayflower ship.

Bev Caleno – Textile Art and Machine Embroidery 3, WATER SOLUBLES (4 session course) @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Explore water soluble fabrics and their uses in machine embroidery whilst completing four very different projects.

Each morning will be spent exploring the medium and creating your own unique fabrics; the afternoons are all about the machine embroidery and turning your ideas into a finished project.

What you will need to bring

Each day will have a £5.00 materials cost; payable on the day.

Your sewing machine and darning foot

Packed lunch

Nov
24
Sat
2018
Nov 24 all-day

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.

Kindertransport 80 Exhibition
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm

A brand-new exhibition focusing on the arrival of the Kindertransport into Harwich, and the experience of the children staying at the Dovercourt Holiday Camp in 1938-39.  Produced in partnership with the Wiener Library in London, discover more about the lives of the Kinder in Britain and their journeys to make a new life.

Hosted by Greater Anglia.

Lois Cordelia – Festive Paper-Cutting @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Welcome to the magical world of paper-cutting. We begin with a richly illustrated world tour of paper-cutting traditions, to set our workshop in context. Using a Swann-Morton scalpel, Lois Cordelia will then demonstrate the basic techniques of knife paper-cutting before introducing a range of templates on which to base a design, with an optional festive Christmas theme.

Lois Cordelia – Festive Paper-Cutting @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Welcome to the magical world of paper-cutting. We begin with a richly illustrated world tour of paper-cutting traditions, to set our workshop in context. Using a Swann-Morton scalpel, Lois Cordelia will then demonstrate the basic techniques of knife paper-cutting before introducing a range of templates on which to base a design, with an optional festive Christmas theme.

Nov
25
Sun
2018
Brin Edwards – Wild Birds, Colour and Light @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

With the highly talented Brin Edwards explore ways of depicting  birds and other wildlife in a vibrant lively manner, building up your picture with areas of bold flat colour, giving the impression of the subject without fussing over fine detail. Using Acrylics will enable you to overlap colours and work quickly, also ‘mistakes’ can be easily rectified, which will help to build your confidence!

Kings Head Street Christmas Market
Nov 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Nov
28
Wed
2018
Sanctuary 80 Textile Project Launch @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Take part in a new creative textile project remembering the Kindertransport journey taken by 10,000 children 80 years ago. Come and try your hand at a range of textile and decorative techniques with a local artist inspired by the memories of the children and contribute to a large quilt project to be exhibited in 2019. Any skill level is welcome to explore this fascinating history and to take part in the community piece. This project will continue with sessions through to Summer 2019 and displayed across the town.

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Dovercourt Christmas lights event @ Dovercourt High Street
Nov 30 all-day

You know it’s nearly Christmas when the light switch on event happens! This annual celebration takes place on Dovercourt High Street with all the usual festivities such as mulled wine and carol singing.

Harwich Society Talk @ Navigator Hall
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

Talk – ‘Leonard Cheshire Homes’ by Elizabeth Barrenger.

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Jo Hammond- Christmas Wreath and Willow Decorations @ Old Bank Studios
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

With Jo’s expert guidance, join us for an introduction to willow working. In the morning create a Christmas wreath from English willow, decorated with a mixture of natural materials such as rose hips, cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, fresh evergreen foliage and natural cones.

Sanctuary 80 Event Train: Remembering the Kindertransport
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am

Get into the 1930s spirit and travel in style to Harwich in a themed train carriage commemorating the arrival of the Kindertransport. Join from Manningtree and experience songs from the era and hear about the extraordinary journey taken by 10,000 children before the outbreak of World War Two. A perfect way to begin your day before the main events of talks and walks.

Surrender & Sanctuary Weekend @ Harwich Town
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.

Sanctuary80 Talk Series @ Mayflower Visitors Centre
Dec 1 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Hear from four speakers about a range of topics exploring the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport refugees at Harwich in 1938 and what it means today. Includes an interactive theatre event, Stage 3, by Peoples Palace and Safe Passage’s National Campaign.

11.30am Welcome

11.40am Britain and the Kindertransport 1938-1940, by Barbara Warnock, from The Wiener Library.

12.10pm ‘From Hitler to Hi-de-Hi’, the role of the Dovercourt Holiday Camp in the first months of the Kindertransport, by Mike Levy, Fellow, Holocaust Centre Imperial War Museum.

12.40pm 100 Images of Migration exhibition, presented by the Migration Museum, London.

1.00 Lunch

2.00pm Stage 3, drama and discussion by Peoples Palace and Safe Passage’s National Campaign.

2.30pm Time to explore the Harwich Station Museum

3.00pm Migration in Historical Context and the 21st Century, by Martin Simmonds from The Suffolk Refugee Support

3.30pm Memory of the Kindertransports in national and transnational perspectives, by Amy Williams, Nottingham Trent University.

4.00pm Discussion and questions with the speakers.

St Nicholas Visits Harwich @ Harwich Quay
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sanctuary80 Film Show – Into the Arms of Strangers, and Harwich Memories @ Mayflower Visitors Centre
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm

Join us in the atmospheric Mayflower Centre just a few feet from the train tracks where the Kindertransport arrived, for a screening of Into The Arms of Strangers. This Academy Award-winning feature film documents the remarkable journey of over 10,000 children. These children, or Kinder in German, were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. The majority of them never saw their families again. Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, produced by Deborah Oppenheimer, narrated by Judi Dench, and made with the cooperation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it utilized rare and extensive footage, photographs, and artifacts, and is told in the words of the child survivors, rescuers, parents, and foster parents.

The film will be followed by a short collection of Kindertransport memories specifically related to their arrival in Harwich, and their experience in the Warner Holiday Camp in Dovercourt where many stayed over winter 1938.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Jo Hammond- Christmas Wreath and Willow Decorations @ Old Bank Studios
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

With Jo’s expert guidance, join us for an introduction to willow working. In the morning create a Christmas wreath from English willow, decorated with a mixture of natural materials such as rose hips, cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, fresh evergreen foliage and natural cones.

Lightbox Town Trail @ Around Harwich Town and Dovercourt
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

See Harwich and Dovercourt come alight with over 20 lightboxes located around the towns showing a range of enlarged photographs from the war years. Follow the trail and discover stories of the past. Do you recognise any locations, or have similar memories?

Trails available online, from the Harwich Library and other local organisations.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Kindertransport Remembered: A Recreation @ Train Stations in Essex, Suffolk and London
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Witness scenes of the Kindertransport on Suffolk and Essex stations and catch the stories of separation, fearfulness, and excitement on your travels. Platforms will come alive with actors creating the stories of the children and their companions, and the people who helped them to flee from harm. London Liverpool Street Station concourse will also be alive with music and performance, so catch these unique performances while you can.

Harwich Society Quiz Night @ Royal Oak PH
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

Team up to 8 – £2.00 per person & raffle.

Dec
14
Fri
2018
O’Hooley and Tidow @ St. Nicholas' Church
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

Join ‘one of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO), O’Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their latest album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.

Nominated this year for the fourth time in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and described by the Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an
honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.

Dec
20
Thu
2018
Harwich Society Charity Carol Singing @ Meet @ New Bell Inn
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dec
31
Mon
2018
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display
Dec 31 all-day
Jul
27
Sat
2019
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This two day workshop is most suitable for those with oil painting experience. The day will begin in the studio, but you will be working mostly outside and will only move back into the studio in the event of persistent or heavy rain – Haidee-Jo is not averse to working in the wind or cold!

Jul
28
Sun
2019
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This two day workshop is most suitable for those with oil painting experience. The day will begin in the studio, but you will be working mostly outside and will only move back into the studio in the event of persistent or heavy rain – Haidee-Jo is not averse to working in the wind or cold!