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Events this Month

The Silhouettes , 20th April 2024, 19:45 to 22:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
The Silhouettes are unique amongst tribute bands in providing an authentic Shadows show which includes acoustic renditions of hits such as Guitar Tango and Nivram. The show includes all the group’s number one hits (Apache, Kon Tiki, Wonderful Land, Dance On and Foot Tapper) and 14 other top twenty hits.

Tickets £13 plus booking fee.


Ghosts , 24th April 2024 to 27th April 2024, 19:45 to 22:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
In Richard Eyre’s new adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterpiece, long held secrets are revealed, uncomfortable truths are faced, and a troubled family meets a cruel and unavoidable fate. Set on Helene Alving’s rural estate in 19th century Norway, “Ghosts” is hardhitting, emotionally gripping and full of moral questions. Contains some mild homophobic language.

Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm.

Tickets £15 plus booking fee.


Sherlock Holmes Strikes Back, 2nd May 2024, 19:30 to 21:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Award-winning actor Jonathan Goodwin returns as super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Be puzzled by the mysterious Red-Headed League, then join Holmes as he matches wits with the nefarious Professor Moriarty and Colonel Moran!

Tickets £14, £10 plus booking fee.


Headgate Unplugged , 3rd May 2024, 19:45 to 21:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Headgate Unplugged brings the best local artists to the forefront, in our intimate and personal performance stage, to celebrate and bring the Colchester acting and musical arts together. All Acoustic and no effects (other than reverb), this latest offering in the ‘unplugged’ series allows you to sit down, chill out and take in the music. (Please see Headgate What’s On web page for details of tonight’s show).

Tickets £ 9 plus booking fee


Richard Townend and the Mighty Bosscats , 4th May 2024, 19:30 to 22:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Guitarist Richard Townend has in the past played for such international superstars as Tony Christie and The Platters. Now, with a versatile guitar style and a musical vibe reminiscent of Dire Straits and JJ Cale, Richard creates a captivating blend of his music, from his 15 released albums, with his excellent band, The Mighty BossCats. The Bosscats are Richard and the excellent Matt Gillam on bass and superb Mark Hall on drums,

The Bosscats will be launching their new album and playing a selection of numbers from their back catalogue with two 45+ minutes sets separated by a 20 minute interval.

Tickets £10, £7.50 plus booking fee.


Educating Rita, 7th May 2024 to 11th May 2024, 19:45 to 21:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Follow the journey of Rita, a working-class hairdresser, as she enrols in an Open University course, challenging societal norms and questioning the true meaning of success and fulfilment. Willy Russell’s script is a witty and poignant exploration of self-discovery and the transformative power of education.

Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm.

Tickets £16, £14 plus booking fee.


Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir, 9th May 2024, 13:00 to 14:00 at St John’s College Divinity School, Cambridge, , Cambridge (22.1 miles)
Visiting from the USA, the Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir perform Beautiful classical, spiritual and sacred music for mixed voices by Parry, Stanford, Tallis, Vaughan-Williams and more. Director Katie Barton
FREE ENTRANCE


Headgate Theatre Studio Sessions - 5th August 1986, 12th May 2024, 20:00 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
The second in our occasional season of Studio sessions is '5th August 1986" a development performance of a new theatre piece by Ryan Curtis and his company.

The 1980’s was a decade of excess, colour and of course great music. The 5th of August 1986 was particularly important for two young people, as this was the day they met, fell in love and started their life together. A life that brought them two children, many challenges and now, in 2024 on the brink of divorce. Seemingly, the only thing that may save their marriage is the top ten chart from the day they met. So please, come join us on a journey to explore the music of that week as they explain what the songs that they loved back then really meant. Hint, its not what you may think!

The doors open at 19.30, when the lucky audience are treated to thirty minutes of fab 80’s hits. Then at 20.00, the story begins. Will their relationship be saved? Does Franky finally Relax, did we all Choose Life, and can Paul Hardcastle work out "what was going on"? Come join us and find out!

Drinks available at the bar. 80’s fancy dress optional and encouraged.

Tickets £8 plus booking fee.


Music in May , 17th May 2024 to 18th May 2024, 19:30 to 21:30 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Platform Musicals celebrates it's 30th anniversary with a special show featuring highlights from a range of their past productions including "Sweeney Todd", "Call Me Madam, "Promises, Promises" & "Trial By Jury" among many others! Featuring a company of 30 local musical theatre performers, this is birthday party that's not to be missed!

Tickets £15 plus booking fee.

Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm


Local Clubs

Chelmsford Chess Club meet at North Springfield Community Association, Forsythia Close, Chelmsford (8.6 miles)
Chelmsford Chess Club is an established and sucessful chess club with over 30 full-time members, whose standards range from beginner through to county level. Affiliated to the British Chess Federation, the club competes in the North Essex Chess League (NECL) where, this year, it's highly successful 'A' team were crowned League Champions for the 3rd successive season. In all, the club fields 4 teams in the league, providing all members with the opportunity to experience competitive chess. It also hosts an annual Club Championship as well as a time-handicapped 'Summer Tournament'.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website


Chelmsford Gym Club meet at Chelmsford, Rodney Way, Chelmsford (9.7 miles)
The club started about 30 years ago and has always been based at Dovedale Sports Centre, Vicarage Road, Chelmsford. Julie Belemore, the current Head Coach, took over the club in 1992. When Julie took over the club had 20 girls, training on two badminton courts on a Saturday. We now have over 300 gymnasts training throughout the week at our purpose built centre which opened in April 2012.
We currently have 3 Essex champions: 2 silver medalists and a regional finalist and the British 2011 Veterans Champion
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01245 290990, email the club or visit thier website


Chelmsford Ice Dance Club meet at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford (9.2 miles)
Riverside Ice Dance Club is based at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford and meet on Tuesday evenings 6.45 - 8 p.m. New members and visiting skaters are welcomed.
If you'd like more information, you can visit thier website


Chelmsford Riverside Ice Skating Club meet at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford (9.1 miles)
Affiliated to NISA (National Ice Skating Association of UK) based at the Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. Our skaters meet at "Club Nights" each Friday where they get an hour of on-ice activity with 2 Professionals organising games, discos, stroking etc.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website


Dunmow air cadets meet at Drill Hall, High Street (0.2 miles)
We are recruiting now!
if youy are free on monday and thursday nights and aged between 13 and 18 then come to the drill hall on the high street
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website


Futuristics Baton Twirlers meet at Broomfield Methodist Church (Hall), Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford (7.9 miles)
Open to girls and boys aged from 2 1/2 years to have FUN and make new friends and learn how to twirl a baton, use pom poms, have the chance to take part in competitions, carnivals and displays.
We meet Thursdays with different sessions based on age: Tiny Tots 'A' group - 2 1/2 years - 3 1/2 years - 4-4.30pm
Tiny Tots 'B' group - 3 1/2 years - 5 years - 4.30-5pm
Juvenile Beginners - 6-9 years - 5-6pm
Junior Beginners - 10-12 years - 5-7pm
Seniors - 13+ years - 5-7pm
Come along and have a try for FREE (Subject to availability).
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01245 444059 or visit thier website


Grove Tennis Club meet at Grove Lawn Tennis Club, Moulsham Drive, Chelmsford (9.8 miles)
Grove Tennis Club welcome upcoming tennis stars of all ages
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website


Ohio CMC meet at Newport Village Hall, Elephant Green, Newport, Saffron Walden (8.7 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone John on 01799 501662


Recoil Trampoline Club meet at Parsonage Downs, Parsonage Downs (0.7 miles)
Our club offers coaching to all who wish to enjoy the sport, including children and adults of all ages, abilities and needs. We have dedicated and integrated sessions for those members with special needs, members who bounce at a recreational level for fun and exercise, and for those who train at an advanced level to compete at regional, national and international competitions.
As a growing club, we have a good number of National grade competitors and in 2012 had a record number successfully qualify for the National Finals in Birmingham in July. We are a dedicated club with dedicated coaches giving their time for the benefit of a dynamic and challenging sport to enable every one of our members to participate to the best of their ability.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01277 500282, email the club or visit thier website


The Stortford Scribblers meet at Apton Rd Day Centre, Apton Road, Bishop's Stortford (7.6 miles)
Brand new Writers Group. We meet every other Thursday for constructive encouragement for writers. All abilities and all genres welcome
If you'd like more information, you can email Lesley Mace


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