Below is the latest information on who is attending the Festival and the various activities and entertainment.
You can also click here to download a digital copy of the Eco Festival 2021 Program (published 25th August 2021)
Last updated: 3-Sept-2021
- Festival Site Plan
- Interactive Events, Entertainment & Bands
- Eco Living Stalls
- Arts & Crafts Stalls
- Transportation Stalls
- Utilities & Renewable Energy Stalls
- Vegan & Vegetarian Food & Drink Stalls
- Reuse, Repair & Recycling Stalls
- Health & Wellbeing Stalls
- Conservation Stalls
- Campaign Group & Activists Stalls
- Healing Tent & Stalls
- Education Stalls
- Political & Local Government Stalls
- Outdoor Activities Stalls
Click here to download a digital copy of the Festival Program
Click here to download the Festival Site Plan
List of Stallholders
|Table 1||Ink Bin|
|Table 2||Colchester Litter Pickers|
|2||Anglian Water (via En-form)|
|3||Perrywood Garden Centre & Together We Grow|
|4||Cortissa (Malex Int)|
|5||Food without Fuss|
|6||Eco Hug Store|
|7||Mad Patch Creations|
|8 plus||Roy Tolley|
|Car Show||EV Car Owners & Colchester Electric Vehicle Society|
|9||E- Bikes, E-Cargo Bikes & others + CBC E-cargo Library|
|10 b||Green Pulse Energy|
|Speakers Tent||Colchester Clothing Clinic|
|Health Gazebo 1||Manor Health & Wellness 1|
|Healing Tent||Manor Health & Wellness|
|Healing Tent||Lotus Love Yoga|
|Healing Tent||Fiona Wallis Health Coach|
|Healing Tent||Beautiful Boho|
|Healing Tent||Shes Medicine|
|Healing Tent||Sarah Pinckney|
|Healing Gazebo 2||Manor Health & Wellness 2|
|12||Falun Dafa Colchester|
|14||Cycle Colchester & Cycling UK|
|17||Cycling Projects Wheels 4 All|
|18||Reserved 4 CBC|
|19||Reserved 4 CBC|
|21||Essex Wildlife Trust|
|22||Clean Air Colchester|
|24||Waggy Tales Bookshop|
|Children Tent||Tent Area|
|Special area||Woods O Wisdom Bushcraft|
|26||The Refill Den|
|27||Clothing Swap Shop|
|29||Guilt Free Soapery|
|31||Colchester Woodland & Biodiversity Project|
|32||My Blue Heart Marine Conservation|
|33||Colchester Natural History Society|
|35||White Dragon Activity Centre|
|36||Abberton Rural Training|
|37||Cannock Mill Cohousing|
|39||Women’s Institute Climate Ambassadors|
|40||Buzz Power (Honey)|
|41||The Little Eco Shop|
|42||Eco Living Magazine|
|45||Olive & Ivy|
|50||Hair of The Dog|
|52||The Kind Lifestyle|
|55||Sandy Armitage Designs|
|56||Colchester Food Coop|
|57||Save Middlewick Ranges|
|Cater 1||Juicy Bar Vitality|
|Cater 2||Bake me Kind|
|Cater 3||Beekeeper Beer|
|Cater 4||Organic Alex|
|Cater 6||Samu Kitchen|
|Museum entrance||Colchester Bike Kitchen (Dr Bike)|
Interactive Events, Entertainment & Bands
A timetable of events at the Festival is shown below.
Click on each event for more details.
Enter our free prize draw!
Simply complete our short survey and be entered into our free prize draw to win a range of fabulous prizes.
You can enter the Free Prize Draw at the Cycle Colchester stand near the Bike Try out area (stall 14)
The current list of prizes to be won (more coming soon!)
Greater Anglia - Family one day rail pass
Greater Anglia – Family one day rail pass
Going by train is one of the best ways to travel if you care about the environment – and it’s fast and relaxing too. There’s so many places to explore on the Greater Anglia network – as well as fast links to London. We’re pleased to support the Colchester Eco Festival by offering a prize of a family rail pass for four (two adults and two children) for return travel anywhere on the Greater Anglia network.
Colchester Zoo - one day family visit
Colchester Zoo – one day family visit
Colchester Zoo continues to educate on all things from conservation and sustainable with our biomass boilers, palm oil policy and green zoo mission!
Join us for a fantastic day out with 2 adult and 2 child tickets up for grabs! Enjoy a family visit within 6 months of the competition closure. T&Cs apply.
Leisure World - one month free family Leisure Pool pass.
Leisure World – one month free family Leisure Pool pass.
Cannock Mill cohousing - one day experience of cohousing life for two people
Cannock Mill cohousing – one day experience of cohousing life for two people
Beekeeper Brewery - Six packs of pilsner lager with packets of special bee friendly wild flower seeds
Six packs of pilsner lager with packets of special bee friendly wild flower seeds
Wombleknits - One Rainbow bottle sling, worth £23
One Rainbow bottle sling, worth £23
Family Woodland Animals Stamp Trail
Join the family fun with our Family Woodland Animals Stamp Trail. As you explore the Eco Festival find 10 hidden woodland animals. Ask for a stamp on your card, each time you spot one. Return your completed stamp trail to the Cycle Colchester stall near the bike/scooter try out area to claim a prize.
If you haven’t got a stamp trail, please ask for one at the Cycle Colchester stall.
Eco Living Stalls
en-form is a registered charity dedicated to helping make a difference one bit at a time. Whether you are trying to commit to recycling your plastic to reduce your carbon impact, or you want to know about making your home more energy efficient to reduce your fuel bills – we are here to help!
Our Aim: To encourage public involvement in safeguarding and improving the environment.
Our Objective: To contribute towards the establishment of a healthy and sustainable environment in which all communities can thrive.
We aim to fulfill the following functions:
- Provide comprehensive information on a wide range of environmental issues.
- Assist individuals and organisations to make better informed decisions on how they can help improve and sustain our environment.
- Act as a focal point for all local environmental groups.
- Help all the local groups to achieve their environmental projects by building partnerships with like minded groups, helping with funding advice and providing more general advice.
- Inform & educate the local population on environmental matters by offering a link between schools and other local groups and environmental education services
- Inspire other groups to start and achieve a range of environmental projects, acting as a catalyst and partner.
We are Eco Colchester – a non-profit & community led group, whose intention is to enable the local community to network, communicate, learn and take action on the climate crisis and global biodiversity loss at a local and grass roots level.
As the Colchester community arm of En-form, we act as a community voice for social responsibility and environmental preservation and improvement and want to help Colchester to grow and flourish into an ecological and environmentally sustainable place to live today and for our future generations.
We are an integral part of the Eco Festival
The Refill Den
Here at The Refill Den, we want to go back to basics. We’re passionate about our planet and we want you to be too. Our aim is to encourage people to reduce their plastic waste and be more eco conscious, especially when it comes to food shopping. By buying products free-of-packaging, you get to choose how much you want of a product, whilst also saving money and reducing waste, it’s a win-win!
Cannock Mill Cohousing
We are a mutually supportive cohousing group, sharing values and aims, building our own low energy and environmentally friendly homes with a shared ‘common house’, land and facilities at Cannock Mill, Colchester. Our website provides information on us, our project and on cohousing generally.
We are an independent, family-owned garden centre and nursery run by the Bourne Family in Essex. Our vision is to inspire people to get more plants in their lives. Our every day mission is to offer a memorable garden centre experience; delivering wow customer service and giving employees, customers, suppliers and our local community a reason to smile. This year, we are delighted to be supporting the community interest company, Together We Grow.
Together We Grow
We are a Not for profit Social Enterprise improving the lives of communities and individuals through encouraging engagement with nature and in particular with Food Growing. With our HQ at the beautiful Big Garden located in High Woods CP Colchester.
East of England Co-op
We’re proud to be the largest independent retailer operating in the East of England. We provide food stores and specialist services, such as funerals, security, travel agents and petrol filling stations to communities across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
With a significant property portfolio and other businesses, such as events and conference facilities and stonemasonry, we are a diverse and modern business.
As a co-operative business. we’re run differently to other big organisations, putting our members first. Our focus has always been, and always will be, the local communities in our region.
Buzz Power was born of two family passions: a love of beekeeping and running and cycling in the great outdoors.
Our founder and Apiarist-in-Chief, Tony, has been keeping bees for many years and his son Ed, a seasoned marathon runner and long-distance cyclist, suggested that a honey-based carbohydrate would be an excellent substitute for maltodextrin-based energy gels.
Like many competitive runners and cyclists, Ed found conventional maltodextrin-based energy gels an “unpleasant necessity”.
Food Without Fuss
Food Without Fuss was born out of 30 years of being a volunteer cook with Madras Cafe, a well known and loved charity cafe at Womad World Music Festival and working on market stalls and other events with Lalitas
The essence of Food Without Fuss is taste and simplicity. I can provide delicious food for events and meetings, celebrations or funerals. I cook plant based food that everyone can enjoy.
I love to use organic and unsprayed ingredients as much as possible from Bennisons Community Agricultural Scheme and Together We Grow CIC, and am a member of Colchester Food Coop where I order ethically sourced and fair trade ingredients from Suma Wholefoods.
Eco Living magazine
More than just another lifestyle magazine Eco Living is delivering a real message, helping its readers to make discerning choices when it comes to purchasing homes, holidays, food and goods that will, by their nature, help nurture and ultimately save our planet
Sandy Armitage Designs
Freelance Interior Architectural Designer
led by sustainability and biophilic principles
“Transforming your space without costing the earth.”
I bring to you a wealth of knowledge and over three decades of experience from transforming homes for the exclusive luxury domestic market.
I offer a tailored and personal design service to show you the possibilities of creating a timeless wow-factor in your home that has less to do with fashion and more to do with character and individuality and function that makes the most significant use of your space to meet your needs on every practical and emotional level.
I endorse products from sustainable manufacturers and companies that offer excellent pre-loved kitchens and I’ll show you how re-imagining your existing stuff can be as exciting as buying something new.
We sell a variety of dried foods, olive oils & cleaning products on a pay by weight basis. Bring your own containers for us to fill for you or come and have a browse!
Bringing the community together while creating beautiful blankets to give comfort to end of life patients and their families.
Arts & Crafts Stalls
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog was shortlisted for Essex Business of the year last year. We personally craft upcycled bandanas and peter pan collars. We offer dog bowls made from upcycled husk and we have refillable stations for people to purchase shampoo and conditioner.
Colourful, reusable, handmade alternatives to plastic such as cotton market bags, soap sacks and washcloths, wool nappy covers, bottle slings, reusable gift bags, personalised Christmas stockings and decorations. I also stock eco knitting patterns and knit kits for a range of my products.
We are The Coddiwomplers. We make lovely things from willow and wood and run willow weaving workshops for all ages. We are based in Norfolk.
Mad Patch Creations
Hand made items for everyone. From my organic eco range to luxury heirloom quilts.
Hand-crafted, up-cycled earrings and broaches embracing the wonderfully different designs of craft beer cans, bottle tops and ring pulls.
Cortissa® has a unique personality because of its vintage look and its eco-friendly, fun and colourful accessories. Everyone has a favourite colour that better defines who they are. After all, we believe that Cortissa®’s bright colours can change our clients’ moods. We choose things in general because we want to feel in a particular way.
We challenge you to let Cortissa® bring some fun and elegance to your life and want you to feel good. Those bright colours can be a reflection of your happiness and cheer you up. We want Cortissa®’s vibrant and lively colours to be combined with elegant and sustainable materials to help you raise your – and everyone around you – spirit.
MyFlair is very different from the current mainstream marketplaces.
Our mission is to enable ethical makers, small businesses and charities to unlock their potential.
We believe that taking care of our planet matters, so we value makers, businesses and charities that help people and the planet.
Purple Whiskers – Face Painting
Offering face painting services for children’s parties in Benfleet and surrounding areas.
Roy Tolley Motors
We are a family owned business that has been helping Colchester with their motoring requirements since 1960, we are the official Citroën, Peugeot and MG dealer for North Essex and are located in Gosbecks Road, Colchester. We will be bringing along a selection of Electric Vehicles.
GRIDSERVE is a tech-enabled sustainable energy business. We develop, build, own and operate dependable, low cost, clean energy solutions for critical power infrastructure.
To help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, we #deliver net zero carbon solutions for power and transport which are designed to be better and less expensive than legacy solutions.
The Electric Forecourt® is a revolutionary product that provides spectacular charging facilities at the same time as delivering an awesome customer experience.
Our first site in Braintree, Essex is now open and welcoming customers – come on down and check it out!
On the day at the festival we will have staff manning the stall to talk about our world first electric forecourt, information on vehicle leasing, who Gridserve are and our plans for the future and we will potentially have an electric vehicle to show off as well.
Octopus Electric Vehicles
We have a unique position, where we are not tied to a manufacturer or partner, and are able to offer completely impartial advice about your switch to electric driving through our trained EV experts. Whether you are looking for a personal, business or salary sacrifice lease, charging or electric vehicle energy solution we can help you save up to 40% off the lease of your vehicle.
Spin is transforming cities and communities by offering accessible, affordable and sustainable forms of personal mobility. We’re reimagining the way people and cities flow. Backed by the Ford Motor Company, Spin is a mobility solutions provider for cities, campuses and businesses around the globe.
Wheels for All
The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity providing fun and stimulating cycling across the UK.
By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.
All the centres are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling. The centres welcome individuals, groups and families to be involved.
Colchester Electric Vehicle Society
We are a friendly community of local EV drivers.
We are aiming to have approximately 10 Electric Vehicles at the Festival covering lots of different makes, models, ages and price points. There will be information available about the cost of ownership, cost of charging and various different charging options. You will be able to look around the vehicles and talk to directly with EV owners.
Colchester Bike Kitchen
We’re a friendly DIY community bike workshop in Colchester town centre run completely by volunteers.
For a suggested minimum donation of just £5 you can make use of our fully stocked workshop to work on your own bike, either on your own or under the supervision of one of our mechanics. No need to book, just drop in whenever we’re open.
We’re here to keep you up to date with what’s happening locally to promote and support cycling. Whether you’re a beginner, looking to cycle more, a club rider, or just about getting from a to b, our objective is to encourage more people to cycle more often.
Walk Colchester was set up in 2010 with the following objectives: To promote and facilitate safe and enjoyable walking. To provide information about and facilitate walking access. To promote an inclusive approach to mapping. To aid protection of our green open spaces
We want people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be able to cycle safely, easily and enjoyably.
Cycling UK has championed the cause of cycling for more than 140 years. We promote all forms of cycling, protect the interests of existing and would-be cyclists, and inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling.
As an independent, democratic and expert organisation, our activities reflect the commitment of our members, volunteers and partners to make cycling mainstream, making a lasting difference to the lives of individuals and communities.
Colchester Borough Council’s eCargo bikes
An electric cargo bike, often called an eCargo bike, is an electric bike with purpose-built storage. The bikes come in different shapes and sizes to suit whatever is being transported, whether that be shopping, equipment, flowers, parcels, heavy goods or kids!
They offer a sustainable, low cost and environmentally friendly way for businesses to deliver goods and services and for residents to carry larger and heavier loads .
Come and try out a range of Colchester Borough Council’s eCargo bikes and find out about current and future plans to make them available for businesses and residents to borrow.
QGO UK Ltd
We are QGO, our vision is simple: To reduce the number of vehicles on our road! We plan on doing this by minimising journeys, and we also try to use the most appropriate vehicle for the delivery.
By working with us, your business will also contribute to reducing emissions and improving customer experience
Utilities & Renewable Energy Stalls
We cover the largest geographical area in England and Wales. We employ 5,000 people and supply water and water recycling services to more than six million customers in the east of England and Hartlepool. Our Purpose commits us to seeking environmental and social prosperity in our region, the East of England. Our plan focuses on five main areas: carbon reduction, growth, skills and jobs, climate change and nature recovery, outlining our commitments and sharing some of the work we’ve done in these areas to date.
Green Pulse Energy
The Renewable Energy Specialists – Striving to bring the biggest energy bill savings to all our customers. Green Pulse Energy is the cornerstone of renewable energy system providers – designing, installing, and maintaining a multitude of systems that are designed to save customers money on their energy bills.
Community Energy Colchester
Our energy, Our choice. Helping Colchester to move toward Net Zero
All your home services in one
Save time and money by getting all your home services in one, simple, monthly bill.
Vegan & Vegetarian Food & Drink Stalls
We offer beautiful vibrant seasonal food that is plant-based.
Taste and flavour are what we do best. We love the foods of the middle-east with its fragrant spices, Asia for its vibrancy as well as our own food heritage.
But most of all we love to delight people with food that is fun, delicious and healthy. We supply food for festivals and music events as well as weddings, supper clubs, fitness and wellness retreats, private events and business lunches.
At Samu, food provenance is very important as well as reducing food miles, food waste and creating more sustainable ways of growing, cooking and eating. Nutrition is a core part of Samu’s aim and honouring the powerful effect of food on the body and mind.
My mission from the start was to celebrate exciting life-giving food that would be good for the body as well as creating a community driving towards food security, health and to help everyone access healthy food.
I started my vegan catering business in 2015 and now have hundreds of my own recipes at my fingertips. I enjoy changing things up, experimenting with new recipes and inventing new dishes, so please come back regularly and check out my daily and weekly specials. Some new dishes are made in small batches, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
We make cold-pressed juices and smoothies from fresh fruit and vegetables – some of which we have grown ourselves.
We are plant-based and vegan. At our base which is on Culver Square, Colchester we also make healthy foods, gym shakes, juice Packs and herbal tonics. We deliver these on our ecargo bike and can be found on our website – www.juicybarvitality.co.uk.
All our packaging, including our cups and straws, are made from plants and are compostable.
Friends of Castle Park
Friends of Castle Park volunteers will be offering Fairtrade teas and coffees from the Pavilion in the Bike/scooter try out area.
Our is an important voice for all matters relating to the park. We have a close working relationship with Colchester Borough Council who manage the park and members are involved in diverse aspects of park life, from policy making, promotional work and educational activities to everyday care: planting, dead heading roses and litter picking.
We are Beekeeper – brewing a great tasting, 4.6% Pilsner Lager with an excellent taste. But much more than just a great tasting beer, we at Beekeeper are on a mission. We help save bees by providing indigenous British wildflower seeds directly to consumers so that you may do your part in growing an environment where bees and other pollinators can thrive. 97% of wildflower habitats have been lost since the 1930s, and we are here to change that!
Reuse, Repair & Recycling Stalls
Clothing Clinic – Mending & Swap Shop
Bring along your clothes to the mend or swap at the Clothing Clinic
ByKatyMac and her team of Festival volunteers will be operating from stall number 27 for clothing swaps and stall number 28 for clothes mending.
At the clothes swap stall no. (27) you can either just donate clothing or swap the clothing you bring for other clothing donated either prior to the Festival through the Festival Shop in Colchester’s town Centre or brought to the festival by visitors on the day. At the end of the Festival, any remaining clothes are stored for future events or disposed of thoughtfully either to fabric recycling through the council or to charity shops.
At the mending stall no. 28 there is a mending table where you can bring your clothing that needs mending and KatyMac and her team will show you how. This can include but not be limited to the shortening or lengthening of school uniforms, the patching of trousers, the altering of clothes to make them fit better or just the sewing on of replacement buttons.
The objective of these stalls and their activities is to help prevent waste and increase the longevity of peoples’ clothing. It is not exactly a workshop more of a participation event.
Eco home essentials. Clothes and Accessories. Custom Upcycling. Kids Party Tableware Hire.
Colchester Litter Pickers
This group is for all litter pickers to post their contributions on how they are keeping our beautiful Colchester and surrounding areas clean. Also to raise awareness on how bad littering has become and to encourage more like minded people to join in.
The Ink Bin
The Ink Bin was established in 2019 as a fresh and new way to tackle plastic pollution.
We focus on creating Community Collection Points for the wide-scale recycling of all home-use cartridges.
The Ink Bin is focused on returning ink cartridges back into the Circular Economy in a closed LOOP system and work tirelessly to support our customers as well as the environment.
Colchester Clothing Clinic
The dress is COMPLETE! We will be exhibiting it at Eco Festival 2021.
We are overjoyed to share the finished piece with you!
What started as wanting to learn how to weave willow has become a small hobby, making recycled magazines and newspapers into really useful items and products.
I originally wanted to learn how to do willow weaving, and so began experimenting using paper from my recycling bin. Over time I have used magazines, newspapers, books, maps and sheet music in various ways, and try to sort the resulting weaving straws into colours so I end up with bins of largely one colour as best I can. I’ve also tried VHS tape, plastics bags and cat food sachets (!), with less successful results.
ICCM International Conservation and Clean up Management
We transform Malawi’s waste into opportunity. By tackling the issue of waste, we are creating jobs, cleaning up the environment and protecting peoples’ health
ICCM Malawi are a trusted partner of governments, businesses and NGOs around the world to create opportunity from waste, promote best practice for waste management, protect peoples’ health and promote a clean environment in Malawi.
Health & Wellbeing Stalls
The Kind Lifestyle Co
Purveyors of natural, ethically sourced, handmade skin care & aromatherapy products. We are KIND to humans, animals & the environment. All of our products are suitable for vegans and are cruelty free. We are plastic free, wherever possible, and low waste. Once you have finished your product, simply post it back to us to be refilled at a reduced cost. We will also happily accept back any packaging that we can reuse.
Olive & Ivy
Artisan soy candles & home fragrances, lovingly hand poured in our candle studio in Essex
We are Louise and Tara, owners of EcoBaba. We are mums of young families who in an attempt to reduce our environmental impact decided to use cloth nappies on our little ones.
When we started using cloth there was no support available in our local areas, so once we’d gained experience we set up our own nappy libraries to try and help others who wanted to give it a go.
I’ve always been passionate about the planet and a huge fan of Sir David Attenborough, so I decided my passion for soap making could help encourage people to swap from the mass produced bars containing harmful chemicals and reduce waste at the same time. My aim was to make the swap zero waste and plastic free, without compromising.
Better for the skin, better for the planet!
The Guilt Free Soapery
Plant based, organic, handmade cold processed soaps with ethics at heart. With a focus on sustainability and fairtrade ingredients. Low waste, no palm oil, home compostable packaging.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice that millions around the world have made a part of their lives. Rooted in Buddhist tradition, it consists of two main components: self-improvement through the study of teachings, and gentle exercises and meditation.
We’re now the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.
The Woodland Trust
We are the Woodland Trust. We want to see a UK rich in woods and trees. Here’s how we’re making that a reality.
Colchester Natural History Society
Wildlife isn’t just something to watch on screen. We are surrounded by amazing biodiversity whether we live in the town or the country and by joining CNHS you can discover the natural world, right on your doorstep. Active members also help to shape the future of wildlife in the county by recording everything from tiny beetles and rare butterflies to huge flocks of wading birds and resident populations of otters.
My Blue Heart Marine Conservation
My Blue Heart Marine Conservation is a small, UK-based non-profit organisation, with six projects in place to help protect marine life. We plan events such as: beach cleans, river cleans, recycling projects and data collection. My Blue Heart is developing vital partnerships with schools and colleges to educate young people and encourage them to engage in marine-positive activities from an early age.
Using a range of social media platforms, we also create educational art which teaches the importance of recycling and the consequences of littering
Colchester Woodland and Biodiversity Project
We launched in 2019 and with the help of many of you we have made a great start with this great initiative. As the project grows, we want to share with you what is at the very heart of the project.
The Colchester Woodland and Biodiversity Project:
- strives to make our borough greener.
- is committed to planting trees and helping biodiversity to flourish
- will plant and manage our spaces without harming existing habitats
- will enhance environments to create more space for nature to grow and thrive
- will encourage our community to love and care for our environment, from wildflowers and meadows, to our woods and parks, old or new
- will take the time to discover, nurture and enable the work led by communities
We want to work alongside our community to get to know, love and use our woods and parks, and we want everyone to benefit from the environmental, health and wellbeing, and societal benefits they bring.
Campaign Group & Activists Stalls
The Extinction Rebellion (XR)
Life on Earth is in crisis. Science (and our own eyes) can see that we are entering a period of abrupt climate breakdown, a self made mass extinction. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement uses peaceful civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.
Save Middlewick Ranges
The Save the Middlewick campaign group was set up in 2016 in response to Colchester Borough Council’s decision to include the site within the Local Plan.
This important Local Wildlife site and much loved green space is a safe haven for our depleting wildlife and a green lung for residents in our otherwise heavily congested air.
Women’s Institute Climate Ambassadors
In 1915 the WI set out to give women a voice and to be a force for good in the community. Since then, our membership and our ambitions alike have grown tremendously. Today, it’s the largest women’s organisation in the UK and prides itself on being a trusted place for women of all generations to share experience and learn from each other and together to influence local, national and international affairs.
At the outset, the WI was mainly led by women who were involved in the suffrage movement, so campaigning is part of its DNA. During World War II, it played a vital role in growing and preserving food and looking after evacuees. It has played a significant part in founding national and international groups such as Keep Britain Tidy (1960) and the Fair Trade Foundation (1992). The WI also has a proud history of taking action to protect the environment and the Climate Ambassador role was created in 2017 to provide further support for WI members who want to take local community action on environmental matters.
The national environmental campaigns which WIs in Essex have chosen to support include the following:
Climate Change – As a founding member of The Climate Coalition, we work to protect what we love from climate change, and lobby politicians to prioritise tackling the issue.
End Plastic Soup – Our campaign explores the scale of microplastic fibre pollution and calls on the government and industry to develop solutions to the problem. It also tackles Fixing Fast Fashion.
Food Matters – This campaign to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty encourages members and supermarkets to cut food waste and work more widely to address the issue of increasing food poverty.
SOS For Honeybees – Since 2009 we have been campaigning to raise awareness of the plight of bees and how we can take action to decelerate the decline of our UK honeybee population
Healing Tent & Stalls
The Manor Health and Wellness Centre
Our Beautiful Yoga studio and Therapy Rooms here in the heart of Colchester Essex offer a wide range of natural holistic healthcare, therapies, classes and workshops.
Sarah Pinckney & Fiona Wallis created The Manor fulfilling their dream of being able to offer a whole combination of natural healthcare under one roof in Colchester Essex
“Our team of professional passionate therapists and teachers all have the same mission to provide the best natural healthcare to help and support you to live a happier, healthier life”
The Manor boasts warm and welcoming modern spacious therapy rooms and a fully equipped Yoga studio which are all available to hire.
Beautiful Boho is the creation of Laura, a jewellery maker who is a uses the subtle power of crystals and other holistic remedies to help heal others in a truly unique way. Laura is passionate about her craft, she gently cleanses her crystals & gemstones prior to making her pieces, she works her magic on every piece. She raises the vibrations of the crystals with pure love intention, then sends her unique pieces out into the world with a message of Peace & Love. She knows first-hand how powerful this type of healing can be after falling ill herself and exhausting conventional avenues of medication. She turned to holistic pain relief and healing and not only did she cure herself she discovered hidden within herself her healing power. Her calling is to extend this gift to as many others as she can through Beautiful Boho Jewellery.
Sarah Pinckney – Life Coaching and Menopause Health Colchester
Sarah has been working as a health and wellness practitioner for many years and co-owns the beautiful Manor Health and Wellness Centre in the heart of Colchester Essex. She is a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Peri to Post Menopause Coach working online and in person. Sarah has experience working with many different health conditions and often combines Massage Therapy, Energy Healing and Coaching working on a physical, emotional and energetic level. Sarah works with women of all ages and is passionate about supporting women through challenging times bringing about a sense of balance in all areas of their lives.
Sarah works with many women through midlife supporting them through the menopausal years covering nutrition, stress management, exercise and sleep issues empowering women to take control of their lives and feel the best they have ever done physically and emotionally. Her work takes an all-round holistic approach to health and wellness and her drive and passion to support women inspires and motivates all who she works with.
Sarah also runs her own Tropic Skincare and Makeup business
Tropic is a company whose infinite purpose is to help create a Healthier, Greener more empowered world. Tropic is a certified carbon neutral company with all carbon emissions double offset. They heavily invest in conservation projects across the world and many of their products come with refillable packaging and recycling schemes. They are certified vegan and cruelty-free 100% naturally derived products.
Fiona Wallis – Health Coach
My aim is to help you to thrive, notsurvive! Through Primal/ Paleo Health Coaching, Emotional Freedom Technique and Massage I could help you to be free from pain both physically and mentally, lose weight,fight auto-immune issues and help you to feel amazing every day! I work from a beautiful clinic in Colchester town centre but can also offer Primal Health Coaching and EFT online.
Lotus Love Yoga
Namaste! I share authentic, creatively inspired Vinyasa Flow, Dharma Yoga and Yin Yoga in Colchester, Essex.
I believe and embody that authentic yoga sadhana naturally cultivates sacred space, transcendence and transformation; culturing a way of life that elevates the yogi beyond perceived limitations to fulfil their own heart’s calling.
My expression of yoga inspires elevation and freedom of being; creates connection and community; awakens an intuitive knowing that love is the highest. This expresses as universal compassion and values and virtues that bring the best of life. There is gratitude for the beauty of nature and the nature of all beings. My heart intention is to share the way, elevating hearts and souls to know their own true nature and potential beyond the wildest imagination.
Shesmedicine – Sacred Circles
Sacred Circles is a global circle of women called to embody their true nature, activate their light and step into service. Birthing a New Earth, we are forging the return to Love through sacred tools, alchemical practices and heart led community.
Clean Air Colchester
To support air quality improvements in the borough, we have been awarded funding to manage a two-year Clean Air for Colchester project. This community-led project aims to cut pollution from cars, buses and vans.
The project, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), focuses on changing habits and encouraging people to walk and cycle for short journeys.
We know from research that small changes to driving habits, such as switching the engine off whilst stationary, can cut pollution by up to 20-30%.
Essex Wildlife Trust
We are the county’s leading conservation charity, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. Our climate is in crisis and our species face extinction. The natural world needs our help. Together we can protect the future. Join us.
The Ink Bin
The Ink Bin was established in 2019 as a fresh and new way to tackle plastic pollution. We focus on creating Community Collection Points for the wide-scale recycling of all home-use cartridges. The Ink Bin is focused on returning ink cartridges back into the Circular Economy in a closed LOOP system and work tirelessly to support our customers as well as the environment.
Abberton Rural Training
A National Award winning charity providing education and training in a range of Land Based Studies including Horticulture, Woodlands, Land Management, Conservation, Countryside & Environment, Construction and Rural Crafts.
We work with a range of groups including disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated people, with specialist groups for young people, people with Special Education Needs, Wounded and Injured Service Personnel, victims of Domestic Violence and many others, as well as being for the general community who just want to learn conservation or gardening skills etc.
With sites right across Essex and South Suffolk we are sure to have a course close to you, however, if you cannot come in yourself due to isolation or other factors, then why not have a look at our online courses to help you get started.
Waggy Tales Bookshop
We will be at the festival selling an assortment of books for adults and children on Eco living and sustainability
Peace of Me
Peace of Me offers a fun and unique style of teaching meditation and mindfulness to young people, creating meditations as unique as each child. Classes are available online or in-person and will empower your child to work with their feelings and emotions, cope with life’s challenges and improve their mental wellbeing.
Political & Local Government Stalls
Colchester Borough Council
On 17 July 2019, Colchester Borough Council declared a climate emergency, acknowledging that urgent action is required to limit the environmental impacts produced by the climate crisis.
The Council is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and improving on the 40% reduction in carbon footprint it has made since 2008.
Colchester Green Party
Colchester Green Party has been campaigning on a range of issues. We led the campaign to get Colchester Council to stop spraying glyphosate herbicides on our roads and pavements. We also monitored air pollution in central Colchester and published the results. Colchester Young Greens ran a campaign for equal recycling facilities for those residents living in flats.
Outdoor Activities Stalls
Woods O Wisdom
We offer a range of experiences in the Colchester, Essex area to help you shake off the stresses of modern-day life & give you the opportunity to reconnect with nature whilst enjoying the tranquillity of our campfire.
Have fun whilst learning new skills from an older age. Awaken your primaeval instincts by learning the art of creating fire & immerse yourself in the natural surroundings, learning more about our remarkable native flora & fauna. Taking Colchester bushcraft courses to a new level!
We hold our courses in 40 acres of beautiful deciduous woodlands offering family-friendly fun bushcraft skills to full-on bushcraft skills and woodland crafts reconnecting you back to nature and an older age when you had to thrive in the natural environment in a safe environment taught by a very experienced and qualified bushcraft instructor.
We also run group and family archery fun sessions on our woodland range all taught by qualified Archery GB instructors.
We can also bring our bushcraft & archery fun to you with our 10m bushcraft shelter and mobile archery range making it perfect for school groups, private gatherings, festivals and fayres alike.
We will be running fire demos and cordage making workshops along with the archery range and arts n crafts for children from natural renewable resources
White Dragon Activity Centre
Hidden away in the North Essex countryside, White Dragon Activity Centre offers visitors a chance to break away from the everyday, learn new skills and have exciting experiences you’ll remember forever.
We offer archery experiences for individuals and groups, beginners’ longbow archery courses, bushcraft experiences, corporate team-building days, Nerf (TM) and archery birthday parties, fletching (arrow-making) courses and historical talks. All our experiences are suitable for both adults and children.
Surrounded by meadows and fields, our facilities include a castle-themed indoor range and party hall, outdoor and ‘clout’ archery ranges with a shelter, a woodland field archery course, a forest bushcraft camp and exploration zone, workshops and more.
We also provide a complete have-a-go archery attraction for events and you may spot us at shows and festivals around the country! And we’re home to the Bures Dragons Archery Club too.