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Your guide to what's on during the Winter Break!

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We’re staying with you this Winter and we’ve made some big plans.

From care packages to free Christmas lunches and online adventures, your SU is here to bring you a Winter Break to remember.

UPDATE: Following the government's announcement that Colchester will now be placed under Tier 4 measures from Boxing Day, we unfortunately have no choice but  to postpone the giant inflatables event on December 28th.  We will make a decision regarding our other upcoming events as we get closer to them, in line with government guidance. 

All of our online events will continue as planned.

For the latest information on all of our Winter Break events, and to book tickets,  head to our What’s On page

Here's an overview of everything we have planned for the Winter Break...

 

FREE CHRISTMAS ROAST DINNER!

MONDAY 21st DECEMBER, 11-3PM, SQUARE 3

Don your best Christmas jumper and join us for a free traditional roast Christmas dinner on Monday 21st December!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that came to collect a free meal - in total we served over 350 students a full Christmas Roast Dinner in the space of just 4 hours!  

 

SUrprise GIFT BOX GIVEAWAY!

TUESDAY 22ND DECEMBER, 11-4PM, SU BAR

Our SU Winter Angels have been busy building care packages to support you over the next few weeks… to help keep your mind and stomach content! The free boxes will be made available to students that registered in advance.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that came to collect a gift box - it was great to see you and talk about your plans for Christmas.  We are looking at doing a further drop of boxes as soon as government guidance allows  

 

GIANT WACKY INFLATABLE GAMES! (POSTPONED)

POSTPONED AS A RESULT OF COLCHESTER'S MOVE TO TIER 4 FROM 26TH DECEMBER 

 

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES VIRTUAL MURDER MYSTERY!

WEDNESDAY 30th DECEMBER, 7.30PM, ONLINE

In this fully immersive virtual mystery, the date is 1921 and you are an 18 year old Sherlock Holmes embarking on your first investigation - the murder of Lord Harrington in Chapelgate Manor.  Booking essential - sign up as a team and solve the murder here!

 

THE BIG ESSEX NEW YEARS EVE QUIZ 2020!

THURSDAY 31st DECEMBER, 6PM, ONLINE

Join us in teams on New Years Eve for the biggest, most random quiz of the year!  With some amazing prizes up for grabs exclusively for Essex students this is your chance to end the nightmare year of 2020 by being crowned The Big Essex Quiz champions!  Sign up for free here

 

CRAZY GOLF ON CAMPUS!

TUESDAY 5TH JANUARY, 11-4PM, NORTH TOWERS

We're bringing a nine hole Mini Golf course to campus for you to enjoy - there's no need to book, simply turn up and we'll arm you with a club, ball and scorecard so that you can take on our course and maybe even get a hole in one? Find out more here

 

MI5 ROGUE: ONLINE ESCAPE ROOM!

WEDNESDAY 6th JANUARY, 7.30PM, ONLINE

An immersive, online escape room, to be played in teams… As the newest recruits to the MI5: your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to capture an Agent who has gone Rogue. Sign up as a team for free here to obtain evidence and capture him before he makes his escape…

 

AXE-THROWING!

TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY, 12PM-8PM, BETWEEN SILBERRAD CENTRE AND WIVENHOE HOUSE

Yes, you read it right... by popular student demand, Axe Throwing is coming to campus for the very first time!  This Winter Break we're giving you the chance to awaken your inner viking spirit by throwing axes at targets, all under the safe supervision of our Axe Throwing experts.  Our Axe Throwing event is completely FREE to take part in (this is an experience that usually costs a lot!) but booking in advance is strongly advised as we're expecting a high demand - find out more and book your free ticket here 

 

AWARD-WINNING ONLINE MAGIC AND MIND CONTROL SHOW!

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY, 7.30PM, ONLINE

This has to be seen to be believed – a contemporary, award winning duo presents virtual magic like no one else. Exploring mind control and psychological manipulation through humour and illusion.  Secure your space for free here

 

JOIN US FOR AN SU WANDER!

THROUGHOUT THE WINTER BREAK, ON CAMPUS

If you want to get out of your room and go for a walk then we're here for you!  Take an SU Wander with a member of the SU team during the winter break - we can discuss anything you like, or we can walk quietly together, breathing in clean air. If you fancy a wander, book your slot here. It would be great to see you.

 

And that’s not all…

Not only are there more events to be announced, our team of SU Winter Angels will also be out and about on campus throughout the Winter Break, armed with free hot drinks and pickmeups, so keep an eye out for anyone wearing angel wings!

Make sure you don’t miss out on everything the SU is running over Winter Break by following us:

 

To book your free tickets for any of the events featured above head to our What’s On page now!

 

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