View our Virtual Jane's Walk Festival page...  

Covid-19 rudely interrupted plans for our 10th anniversary Jane's Walk festival in 2020, but this year we are navigating our way back to a new normal - an enhanced one for walking!



Please join us for these two special events  (free, but advance booking necessary):
Local artists Charles Debenham and Nicola Burrell take us virtual walks around Colchester, via the medium of their paintings and drawings. Their prolific work, which observes the ordinary, working life of Colchester's streets and buildings, resonates strongly with the kind of everyday detail Jane Jacobs also observed and commented upon.


1.   Saturday 1st May, A virtual walk and talk around town with artist Charles Debenham 

2.   Monday 3rd May,  A virtual walk and talk around town with artist Nicola Burrell


JANE'S WALK 2021 (summer) continued!!


We hope to return to a real outdoor festival a little later on (July or August), once we are able to walk in larger groups again, and feel more comfortable doing so. We will keep this page posted.

For those new to Jane's Walk...

An international weekend of local walks led by local people on local themes (‘citizen-led, walking conversations’), taking place in towns and cities around the world, honouring the legacy of the urbanist, writer and activist, Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), and marking the anniversary of her birth. 

Check out the Jane's Walk Colchester 2019 festival programme, which included 27 walks, 3 films and 1 street photography exhibition:
The festival programme 2019

See also:

About Jane Jacobs, the festival namesake

"You've got to get out and walk!" Jane Jacobs

About Jane's Walk Colchester

Jane's Walk was established in 2007 in Toronto, Jane Jacobs’s home for her last 40 years.  Jacobs was writing and speaking right up until her death aged 89 in 2006, and was a well-known and much-loved public figure.  Walking as a vehicle for understanding place, alongside discourse and civic engagement, were dominant lifelong themes in her work. Hence 'Jane’s Walk', the creation of Jacobs's many friends and colleagues: a weekend festival of walking established to commemorate her life.

By the time of Jacobs’s death however, her ideas and influence already extended worldwide, and Jane’s Walk too went rapidly global. In 2016, a decade after its inception in Toronto, over 1,000 Jane's Walks took place in 212 cities, in 36 countries, across 6 continents. 

Colchester held its first Jane’s Walk festival in 2011, and is proud to have been the UK’s first Jane’s Walk town. Over the years since, it has reached a further 13 UK towns and cities, including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Belfast.

Images from former Jane's Walk years in Colchester (click arrows left/right to scroll)

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because,
and only when, they are created by everybody" Jane Jacobs


Our Sponsors

Walk Colchester is grateful to the following for their support of Jane’s Walk Colchester 2019: 


To Colchester Arts Centre and Active Essex for their sponsorship
To Firstsite GalleryThe Minories (Colchester Institute) and CODA Jazz Bar for their in-kind support. Jane's Walk is also a Livewell partner.

To Marc De’ath, Caroline Rhys Lewis, the East of England Co-opGood Souls Bakes, Unique Bakes, Flavour Room and Food Without Fuss for their support of our fundraising supper 2019; and  to our team of volunteers and walk leaders who give their time, knowledge and skills freely in support of this fantastic event. 

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CODA Jazz Bar

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