Jane’s Walk weekend is returning to Colchester between 4th – 7th May with the biggest schedule yet in the eight year history of the event.
An amazing 28 walks, bicycle rides and film screenings will take place around the town over the Bank Holiday weekend. The event has grown to become something of a Sunny Colch walking festival.
Canadian Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) is the inspiration behind the international event. The urbanist and activist believed in exploring your home patch.
It’s a principle very close to the Chronic’s own personal outlook.
Why bother flying flying halfway around the world when you can poke your nose around the edges of a disused Victorian water tower, a derelict dock and concrete BRUTALISM?
Are we selling this idea to you yet?
Colchester has plenty to be proud of. We were the first UK location to get our arse in gear and organise Jane’s Walk weekend.
I say we – much of the credit needs to go to Rowena and others involved in the voluntary Walk Colchester organisation.
It hasn’t been a stroll in the park putting together the event for 2018 either.
Funding was a little tight, despite some generous help from CBC, the Arts Centre, The Minories and Firstsite.
Marc De’ath helped to stage the successful fundraiser at Firstsite last weekend. The combination of decent local food and a talk by Jules Pretty shows that there is an appetite for Jane’s Walk in our town.
In previous years The Chronic has detailed EVERY event taking place over the weekend. But the event has become so popular that it is exhaustive.
Hurrah for handy pdfs.
All events are FREE.
Plus it’s never too early to start planning for 2018.
The Chronic is considering organising a walk mapping the changing political map of Sunny Colch.
We’ll get back to you on the morning of 4th May, Comrades.
But for now, here are a few personal highlights:
Thursday 3rd May
EVENT (FORUM & ORBITAL LAUNCH)
Colchester’s 1st Forum on Walking (networking event) and launch of The Colchester Orbital. Venue: The Minories Café, 74 High St. 7-9pm
Friday 4th May
WALK: Photographing Campus (University of Essex)
A look at the varied architecture of the University and discussion on photographing buildings. With Peter Brothers.
Meet: 1pm, centre of Square 2 (1hr)
EVENT (FILM & FESTIVAL LAUNCH)
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)
Documentary about festival namesake, Jane Jacobs. After party with DJ Sam Leppard.
Venue: Firstsite, 7-11pm
Saturday 5th May
CYCLE: A Jane’s Cycle (The Colchester Orbital) with Nick Oakley.
Meet: 10.30am, High Woods Visitor Centre (approx. 14m; 2.5 hrs)
WALK: The Hythe & its 3 Quays
Stories, history and regeneration. Visit the Colne Lightship & other POI. Share memories & views. With Belinda Baker.
Meet: 10am, Hythe Community Centre (2.5hrs)
WALK: Concrete Legacy:
The murals of Henry Collins & Joyce Pallot. A restoration update. With Kath Wood & Ann Turner.
Meet: 1.30pm, Town centre Sainsburys, Priory Walk (1.5hrs)
WALK: Birds of the lower Colne
An early evening walk along the river, from Jumbo to Wivenhoe (with peregrine observation post at the 6th Form College). With Michael Padmore.
Meet: 5pm at Jumbo (3hrs)
WALK: Haunted Colchester: East to West With Rob Brown.
Meet: 8pm, The historic (& haunted) Town Hall (1.5hrs)
Sunday 7th May
WALK: Greener Living in Colchester
You are invited to travel sustainably to this walk. With Mark Goacher & Pam Nelson.
Meet: 10.30am at The Minories (2hrs)
WALK: Street photography: capturing Colchester’s
shopping streets. With Jonathan Doyle.
Meet: 11.30am, Space Studios, 37 Queen St (2hrs)
WALK: Colchester’s Music Scene
Local venues, past & present, which have hosted the likes of AC/DC, The Stones, Radiohead. With Ben (Benedetti & Howard) & Carl Allen.
Meet: 2pm, The George Hotel (2 hrs)