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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 are open five days a week and offer delicious, five star meals at great value.

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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.

The Minories


The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also the Batte-Lay Tea Rooms (run by Tiptree) and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories. The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

Find out more about the latest events and exhibitions on The Minories website.

The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Entry is Free.

The Batte-Lay tea Rooms is open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm during the summer, and 9.30am – 4.00pm during the winter.

The Garden, and some areas of the main Minories building are available for private hire, for business meetings, conferences or training sessions. The Gardens and Building are also a wonderful setting for wedding receptions, private parties and other celebrations. Contact us for more information.




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