Our current regular programme includes Village Green, our music and arts festival that attracts around 20,000 visitors each year, Village Green Next Generation, our festival exclusively for the school pupils of Southend, Time and Space Residencies, which invite artists of all disciplines to stay in residence at Chalkwell Hall, Metal Art School’s classes, courses and creative sessions, Net Park, the worlds first Digital Art Park, Net Park Wellbeing Project, short courses and sessions to encourage positive mental health and ongoing Culture LABs, our hot-house talent development weeks for artists of different disciplines.For information on all of our past projects including Estuary 2016, On The Line and Anthem, please click here for our archive.Metal renovated the previously unused Chalkwell Hall to become our base in Southend-on-Sea.The four storey, Grade II listed Georgian building sits within the grounds of the much loved Chalkwell Park in Southend on Sea.The Hall is now well-used, housing upwards of 20 international and UK artists-in-residence each year who live-in for short periods of time, as well as hosting a wide range of events, exhibitions, classes, development and educational activities with schools.A key part of our activities is encouraging conversations with the wider communities of Southend and South Essex, celebrating the arts, exploring new projects and discovering creative opportunities.
However, the passion and creative edge that comes across in their live shows derives from their collective love of the band they so closely emulate, Green Day.
Includes the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself, plus the new Bears of the Rising Sun exhibit for 2014.
The City of Cambridge is a fantastic place to visit, with such natural beauty, history and character.
For a bit of Roman history for your date, head for Colchester Castle Museum at the heart of Britain's oldest recorded town or travel west to Hedingham Castle, a stunning Norman Keep built in 1140 and visited by kings and queens.
Colchester Zoo is one of the finest zoos in Europe with over 250 species of animals set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes.