A HUGE weekend of food, drinks, live music and entertainment is coming back to Colchester as two popular events are confirmed to be returning.

The Ibiza Orchestra Experience and the Sausage and Cider Festival will be back in Castle Park next June.

Following a sell-out UK tour in 2023, the Ibiza Orchestra Experience will return to Colchester’s Lower Castle Park for its brand new Ibiza Sunsets Tour.

Along with several support acts, the Ibiza Orchestra will perform on a large outdoor stage to create the perfect festival environment.

This year customers can expect a bigger show, including a silent disco, stilt walkers, fire breathers, laser show, pyrotechnics, a huge festival market and more.

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Huge support acts, singers and MC’s are yet to be announced however the show has seen previous support acts such as Marvin Humes, Example, Phats & Small, Artful Dodger and more.

Ibiza Orchestra Experience marketing manager Tom Cullen said the team is “excited” to bring the show back to Colchester following a “great year” in 2023.

The event is 18+ and will run from 5.30pm to 10.30pm on Friday, June 12.

On the following day, The Sausage and Cider festival is also returning to Colchester’s Lower Castle Park.

The popular festival will be back with the huge outdoor stage for an array of live entertainment including tributes to The Killers, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Sam Fender and ABBA.

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Organisers say a “huge headliner” is yet to be announced.

Special guest Barry from Eastenders will also be on hand with Barrieoake.

Previous years have seen incredible headliners from Scouting for Girls, Toploader, Dodgy and many more.

There will also be a huge festival market, on-stage sausage eating contests and six-round chilli eating competitions and the fan-favourite silent disco.

Entertainment for the little ones include a children's disco, face painting, live entertainers and character dress-up.

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Lee Fudge, marketing manager for the Sausage and Cider Festival described it as a “feel-good event with great music, a huge variety of cider flavours and great independent food operators”.

“We are excited to be able to host our outside event in Colchester again in 2024”, he added.

The festival will run from 2pm to 10.30pm.

Tickets go live this Black Friday, November 24.

Visit ibizaorchestraexperience.co.uk/colchester or sausageandciderfest.co.uk/colchester.