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From Castle Park’s spectacular firework display to WW1 centenary events, new exhibitions opening and dare we say it Christmas, the Visit Colchester team has plenty to pack out your diary in the next couple of months!

To keep up to date please ensure you are following us on social media and checking out for the latest news and listings to ensure you don’t miss out!

Disney Firework Extravaganza – 5 November

This year’s spectacular fireworks display in Castle Park will take place on the 5 November. The Disney themed display will commence with compere Michael J Fitch warming up the crowd when the doors open at 6.30pm and the true magic happens when the firework display commences shortly after. Tickets available from the Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum or online.

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World War I Memorial Events – various dates

As a Garrison town Colchester is proud of its close association with the military and has a plethora of events happening during the year to mark the centenary of WW1.

One of our top picks has to be the Colchester in the First World War exhibition which is currently on display at Colchester Castle. Colchester played a vital role in the war effort, being so close to the frontline with many locals heading overseas to fight. This exhibition examines the lives of those that left to fight and the efforts that took place within the town to help.

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Christmas In Colchester – Our top picks

Town Centre Light Switch On – Saturday 25 November at 4.30pm

Meet Santa at his magical Castle Grotto – various dates in December

Jack and the Beanstalk – Mercury Theatre

NEW exhibitions at Firstsite – Culture and Conflict

Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease – running until 20 January

Not Yet At Ease explores the history of psychological disorders resulting from conflict and the stigmas attached to them. Using poetry and performance, this immersive artwork is inspired by letters written by soldiers during wartime

The internationally renowned, Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective have based this new work on their theory that the symptoms of ‘shell shock’ were first observed by military censors, who noticed a tendency among some Indian soldiers to break out spontaneously into ‘poetry’ in the letters they wrote from battlefields, barracks and hospitals.

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Legacy: Two Works On Hope and Memory – running until 6 January

This exhibition by the Crafts Council touring exhibition will be showcasing ceramic installations to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, featuring work by ceramic artists Julian Stair and Clare Twomey.

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