Our Businesses – Services open to the public

Colchester Institute offer a wide range of services and activities that are open to the general public. The fully functioning hair and beauty salons offer great services at exceptional prices. Fancy a new hair colour, or perhaps a full body wrap? Whatever you’re after, the student-run salons at the College are sure to offer it. Celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes is patron of our two fantastic restaurants, The Colne Bistro and Balkerne Restaurant, which are open five days a week and offer delicious, five star meals at great value.

CI Salons at Colchester Institute offer fantastic Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy services at very competitive prices and all services are carried out by students under the full guidance and supervision of experienced hairdressing lecturers. The wide range of services includes hair cutting and styling, colouring and various body and facial treatments.

Visit CI Salons.

Located in our Colchester campus, CH&FS (The Centre for Hospitality and Food Studies) offers guests the opportunity to dine in either of our two restaurants – the Balkerne Restaurant and the Colne Bistro. Every customer that walks through our doors is directly contributing towards the success of the next generation of hospitality staff – both chefs and front of house.

Visit our Restaurants.

Creative Arts Live at Colchester Institute promote and produce a yearly series of top quality events, live music and live performances featuring both professional and student events, from classical to contemporary music and theatre to rock ‘n’ roll. This season, we have an exciting mix of live events and performances for all ages and tastes with some unmissable touring shows.

Click here to visit Creative Arts Live.

The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. Home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region,  the Minories has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. There is also an onsite ‘Tiptree’ Tea Room, and a wonderful walled garden looked after by The Friends of The Minories.

Click here to visit The Minories.

Whether you want to host an event or take advantage of our many specialist facilities, our venue locations will provide you with everything you are looking for and more. Our venue is easily accessible by road or public transport and can be hired on an individual basis or as part of a tailor-made package at a competitive rate.

Click here to view our facilities and venues for hire.

Colchester Institute Counselling Service is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within the BACP Ethical Framework which provides a foundation for good practice. Running since 1990, we have links with Community Mental Health Teams, GP Practices and many Voluntary Organisations.

Click here to visit CICS.