Spring Talks at Jaywick Martello Tower
Join us at Martello Tower for our Spring Talks - just £2 payable on arrival at the event
Join us every Friday morning at 11am - 12noon for our Spring Talks. It's just £2 to come along, and you can pay this on the door when you arrive for the event.
Friday 28 February – Hot Air Ballooning
Join Bill Smith for this talk where he will be talking about his exciting adventures in hot air ballooning! Crossing countries and continents hot air ballooning has taken Bill to the USA, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and more! Join us for this exciting talk recounting amazing memories and fun stories of a life up in the air.
Friday 6 March - Homefront Recalled
David Bye presents Home Front Recalled a talk about the Second World War at home. It includes a display of artefacts and articles in general use at that time. Rationing and kitchen memorabilia, toys and a dolly tub demonstration. There will be a time for questions and a chance to handle the artefacts at the end of the talk.
Friday 13 March - Barns in Essex and Elsewhere
Ken Bonham will be here talking about the great barn at St. Osyth Priory, timber framed barns in Essex, Medieval aisled barns including Coggeshall and Cressing Temple barns. Medieval craftsman builders. Regional barn types and the geology that dictates them. Cruck barns and raised-cruck barns.
Friday 20 March – Life of a Wildlife Warden: Butterflies
"Butterflies are sometimes noticeable and beautiful; some though are small and mostly unnoticed. When I started to observe the less flamboyant ones, I gradually sought out new species. By means of holidays, and organized excursions I came close to seeing all of the 58 species that breed regularly in Britain. In 2019, I finally tracked down the last three, completing my quest. I took photographs but promise I won’t show all of them!"
Friday 27 March - Strangers on the shore: prehistoric finds on Clacton and Holland's new beaches.
John Ratford discusses how local beaches have recently been built up with material from the North Sea. Soon after, people started finding woolly mammoth teeth and bones, flint tools and other ancient objects. Who made the stone tools? Were they hunting the mammoths and other Ice Age animals? This is the ongoing story of how beachcombers and archaeologists are working together to try to understand the people and creatures that existed in a lost land now under the waves.
Friday 3 April - A life on the line-SOE radio operators in WW2
Geoff Axford joins us to talk about the SOE. The special operations executive (SOE) was a tough British secret service dirty tricks department which was set up 1940 by Winston Churchill to support and stimulate resistance in occupied countries. This illustrated talk tells the story of the SOE, the agents, training, radio equipment and transportation behind enemy lines
Need to know
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Our annual Explore Essex Pass will give you and your family the freedom to explore some of the incredible places and green spaces that Essex has to offer, as many times as you like throughout the year, with free parking at seven country parks, 2 or 1 on Sky Ropes, priority booking on specific events, and 10% discounts at many cafes and visitor centres.