Big screen programme for Colchester’s Castle Park revealed

(left to right) Claire Taylor, Visit Colchester Information Centre, Cllr Tim Young, Cllr Annie Felth

(left to right) Claire Taylor, Visit Colchester Information Centre, Cllr Tim Young, Cllr Annie Feltham and Steve Dorrington, from Colchester Film Festival, plus Shaun the Sheep from WolyBuly in Brightlingsea. - Credit: Archant

World-class tennis and films for all the family are coming to Colchester’s Castle Park this summer.

Colchester Borough Council has unveiled the programme for the big screen set to be installed in the town centre venue.

Much of the live action from Wimbledon will be shown free with screenings at various times on most days between June 29 until July 12, in a bid to turn the park into Essex’s very own Murrary Mound.

People can bring their own strawberries and picnic, while the Cafe in the Park will also be running a licenced bar alongside its usual menu meaning people can also sip Pimms which watching the serves and rallies.

There is also a selection of films for people to watch as part of Pictures in the Park.

A world film classic kicks-off the programme as French-language Amelie (15) is screened at 6pm on July 3, while Mamma Mia (PG), the film musical using the works of ABBA, will be shown at the same time the following day.

Family fun rounds off the programme with Shaun the Sheep: The Movie (U) on July 5 at 1pm, and the film will be followed by a children’s activity day in the park open to all.

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Annie Feltham, borough councillor for communities and leisure said: “This is a great community event for tennis and movie-lovers alike, bringing people together in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Park.

“I’m particularly expecting Mamma Mia to attract plenty of people for a sing-along with their friends and family.”

Tim Young, councillor for culture, added: “This big screen is a first for Colchester and we are delighted to have the support of Colchester Film Festival and Colchester School of Art.

“We hope that everyone will enjoy watching live Wimbledon matches on Colchester’s very own Murray Mound and join us for three film events.”

Cinema tickets cost £2 per person, with under-threes going free, and must be bought in advance.

They are available online from 10am today.