News & Events

Bosworth's & The Barns Tea Room - Friday 10th November

Please note due to a large bookings the The Barns and Bosworth's Tea Room will have limited seating between 12pm and 2pm on Friday 10th November. We are sorry for any inconvenienve this may cause.  


The Barns Tea Room

The Barns tea room will have limited seating available on Friday 10th November 2017 from 12pm - 3pm due to large group booking. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Bank Holiday Opening Hours at the Tiptree Tea Rooms

This August Bank Holiday the 'Tiptree' Tea Rooms will be operating at their normal opening hours. 

For more information please click here.

 Parking at The View River Cafe - August Bank Holiday

Due to a festival taking place at The Osea Leisure Park on August Bank Holiday weekend we would like to warn our visitors that there may be a limited amount of car parking spaces available.

The Cafe will be open as usual and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

The Batte-Lay Tea Room

The Batte-Lay Tea Room & Minories are gallery will be closed on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October due to the Colchester Institute Graduation Ceremony. The tea room and  jam shop will be open as usual on the following Monday 9th October. 

The Little Scarlet Music Festival, Saturday 22nd July 1-7pm

After a successful Little Scarlet Festival last year, it was decided to run the event again in 2017.  Saturday saw the second Little Scarlet Festival held in the Jubilee Orchard, at Wilkin & Sons Ltd., Tiptree.

The main stage was the focal point, constructed from two green Tiptree lorries, with 6 local bands performing to a crowd of 1000 enthusiastic fans.  The line- up of bands was a diverse range of sounds; Wax Colour, Vince Petchey, The LBC Collective, The Witch Kids, The Lucky Strikes & The Landed.

busk stop” presented budding musicians with the opportunity to show off their talent, by signing up on the day to sing along, accompanied by local band Sound Mirrors.

The musical event received financial support from Colchester Borough Council, as it is a local community festival. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the chosen charity Colchester Hospitals Charity, to raise money for their Cancer Centre.

Gunpowder Gertie entertained the younger visitors in her brightly coloured and fun children’s area, while adults could enjoy a Fruit Gin Spritzer or two from the bar.

Meelyhoops entertained the crowds and encouraged all ages to try hoola-hooping, whilst youngsters played in the strawberry maze.

The main stage was opened by our competition winner local 16 year old singer-songwriter Tom Child.

The heavens opened briefly during the afternoon, but the crowd took it in very good spirits and carried on as necessary with British Summertime weather!

Joint Managing Director Chris Newenham thanked everyone who attended on the day and those who helped to organise the event raising valuable funds for Colchester Hospitals Charity “Despite the rain, it was a wonderful day, and we are delighted that so manyfrom the local community came to enjoy themselves.” 


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