WW1 Event with Culver Square

To mark the 100th anniversary of WW1 we have combined forces with Culver Square to offer a series of activities and events.

On Saturday 7 July, we are combining forces with Culver Square shopping centre to commemorate World War One (WW1) in its 100th anniversary year. With a series of events planned for the day, we hope to remind people what life was like during the war and offer activities based on experiences of wartime at home and on the front.

We will host a food ration workshop where families can learn what food was available during the war and what kind of meals people ate. A storyteller will charm children and adults alike with a series of folk tales and fables typical to the era and a juggler will add some fun to the events, entertaining the crowds whilst chatting about the times. Children can also enjoy a free craft event where they can make their own medals and airplanes to take home with them.

Over in Culver Square more exciting events will be available for children and these include a series of army recruitment activities themed; how to become fit to serve in the King’s Army, sign up to serve in the King’s Army and train in serve the King’s army.

Families will also be able to discover what life in the trenches was like with a real trench offering a fascinating insight into life on the Western Front during WWI. Finally, a poppy making activity will explore the history behind the remembrance emblem and shoppers will be able to take away an image of the poppy and the reason behind its use.

Our Centre Manager, Peter Scopes said: “Colchester has a strong military association and as a garrison town we felt it was important that we marked the centenary of WW1. We hope the planned activities will not only provide some fun for shoppers in Colchester but will also help them to understand what wartime was like, be that on the home front or the battleground.”

Dave Robertson, Centre Manager at Culver Square shopping centre added “We are really looking forward to hosting this commemorative event, that will not only be fun for the whole family but educational at same time.”