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Throughout the year the Headgate offers a range of community activities including Limber and Stretch and Headnotes to engage with our local community. Whether you enjoy singing or exercise, we’ve got something going on for you.

Limber And Stretch

If you are put off exercising then our brand new “Limber and Stretch class” is the one for you! Come and join us on a Friday morning with our fitness instructor Louise for some gentle limber and stretch exercises. The class will focus on flexibility, co-ordination, cardio and balance. You can do as much or as little as you wish! At the end of the class, there will be refreshments and the chance for a chat!


Do you love singing? Are you aged between 8 and 12? Then come along to our free to attend vocal group meeting every Saturday from 10:30am at the Headgate Theatre. No previous experience is necessary. We aim to help everyone improve their confidence and make new friends while doing something fun and exciting.

Other Activities

The Headgate actively promotes projects and opportunities which encourage people, young and old, to engage in theatre and their wellbeing. With ground floor rehearsal and meeting spaces and our first floor studio, we have a range of spaces and facilities available. If you have an idea or project that you want to discuss, then contact the Headgate Manager on 01206 366000.

KATS(Kids Acting and Theatre Skills)

This youth theatre company meet each Saturday morning and offer sessions for 6 to 18 year olds, focussing on performance skills, confidence building and social interaction with a strong emphasis on fun. Their performances take place at the theatre and the group offer ‘come and try’ sessions.
For further details, contact Sarah Young on 07939 401640 or email

Dynamite School of Dance

The school run sessions on Saturday afternoons. It offers freestyle dance classes for children aged 2 to 18 years of age, with fully qualified tuition in Disco, Acro, Street, Slow, Lyrical and Rock n Roll.
For further details, contact Sarah Harding on 07986 635117 or find them on Facebook

Ilaz Dance Company

A small Colchester based company offering various classes to children (ages 3+) and adults. They run regular Monday, Thursday (Adult Tap), Friday and Sunday classes at the Headgate. These include Adult Tap (all levels), Senior Tap (ages 8+), Junior and Senior Performing Groups. The Performing Groups are the core of the company and the classes are based on a Jazz/Modern Core, with students learning a variety of styles and dances which are then performed at every opportunity possible.
For further details contact Zoe Insull on 07508 203078 or find them on Facebook

Donovans Academy of Performing Arts

The Academy run classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday late afternoons and early evenings. The school is for children aged 3+ and young adults and offers a wide range of classes including Modern Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Street, Body Conditioning, Stretch and Musical Theatre. Plus there are accredited exams within Dance, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre, and competition classes.
For further details contact Sarah Dunn on 07904 714880 or visit their website:

Little Stars Theatre Workshops

Offering classes in singing, acting and dance to students every Thursday from 3.45 – 4.30pm for ages 3 to 6 and from 4.30 – 6pm for ages 6 to 16. They are also opening a new exam class, where students will work towards LAMDA exams. One of the main focuses the group has is on confidence building. They support students to be confident and get the most out of everything they do.
More information can be found at or call Vicki Condron, Principal, on 07743 650845.

Silver Swans Colchester

Silver Swans classes have been specifically designed for the over 55’s, but whatever your age, if you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active our ballet classes will put a spring in your step. Whether you have never danced before or want to get back into the swing of it, our classes have something for everyone. Contact for more details.

Wellbeing groups

Yoga Mind Colchester run sessions early on a Saturday – Find them on Facebook

Colchester and Maldon Yoga meet on a Tuesday morning –

Local performance groups

The Headgate Theatre is used as a venue for productions by several local performance groups

· Chameleon’s Web
· Colchester Operatic Society
· Colchester Theatre Group
· Platform Musicals

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