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CAFE Colchester and Friends Events

Find details of the CAFE Colchester and Friends Events here and discover what the project offers.


  • Where and when you can attend
  • What the project is about

What is a CAFE event?

CAFE (Colchester and Friends Events) is an initiative started by us and Livewell. Once a week, participating venues invite local people to come along to a weekly session, to enjoy free tea and coffee and a friendly chat. 

The free events help people to meet others and to share friendships within the community. People can attend knowing they are guaranteed a warm welcome in a friendly environment and will not stand out as being alone.

How did it begin?

Loneliness is a painful emotion, with one in 20 adults in the UK describing themselves as feeling lonely. We are taking steps to tackle this issue and launched a scheme to encourage people to come together and get talking.

The free event is aimed at people struggling with isolation and loneliness who would like to meet for refreshments and a friendly chat. The first ever CAFE event was held on 3 June 2019 at GO4 Café on Recreation Road. 

All kinds of venues are being encouraged to sign up to hold CAFE events, opening their doors for two hours once a week, to allow people to come in for refreshments and a friendly chat. 

Promoting your event

To help host your own event you will have access to the following:

  • Event poster
  • Event A5 leaflets
  • Twitter image
  • Facebook image
  • Instagram image
  • Press release

To get things started please contact or call 01206 505863

Upcoming events:

GO4 Cafe - Old Heath and The Hythe

Mondays 10am to 12noon

The Old Pavilion, Recreation Road, Colchester, CO1 2HE

Piccolo @ 42 North Hill - Town Centre

Tuesdays 9am to 11.30am

42 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PY

Age Concern Colchester - Town Centre

Mondays and Tuesdays 10am to 12noon

Age Concern Colchester, 63 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PX

Book Rest Cafe - Town Centre

Mondays 10am to 12noon

Colchester Library (2nd Floor), Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB

The Victoria Inn - Town Centre

Tuesdays 12pm to 2pm

10 North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1RB

We Walk The Line Cafe - Town Centre

Mondays 2pm to 4pm

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH

TLC360 - Talk, Laughter, Chat - Town Centre

Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm

One Colchester Hub, 81 Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF

Coffee & Chat (Supporting visually impaired people and their families/carers) - Town Centre

Tuesdays 10am to 12noon

Colchester Sight Centre, 40 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DB

Greenstead Social Club - Greenstead

Mondays 10am to 12noon

Blackthorn Avenue, Greenstead, Colchester CO4 3QD

5T's (Together on Thursdays for Tea at Two-Thirty) - Lexden, Braiswick, Stanway and West Bergholt

Thursdays 2.30pm to 4pm

St Mary's Church Hall, New Church Road, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3DU

Friendly Friday at St. Michael's Church - Mile End and Highwoods

Fridays 10.30am to 12noon

St Michael's Church, Myland, Colchester CO4 5DY

Thirsty Thursday at St. Michael's Church - Mile End and Highwoods

Thursdays 10.30am to 12noon

St Michael's Church, Myland, Colchester CO4 5DY

Wednesday Coffee Mornings - New Town and Christ Church 

Wednesdays 9am to 11.30am

Wimpole Road Methodist Church, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DL

Mount Bures Connections - North Colchester

Thursdays 10am to 12noon

Mount Bures Village Hall, Craigs Lane, Mount Bures CO8 5AW

Community Open 2 All - Berechurch

Thursdays 10am to 12noon

170 Berechurch Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 7QQ

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