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Culver Square in Colchester

6th December


Event information

Join us at our Firewalk event on 6th December 2023 at Culver Square in Colchester. Feel the heat as you conquer a walk on hot coals, igniting your inner courage and mind over matter! By participating, you're supporting St Helena Hospice, while becoming part of a fearless community of thrill seekers. Don't miss this unforgettable experience – sign up and turn your steps into change.

Our Firewalk event will light up Culver Square as we welcome dance groups and performers, food and drink will be available on the night and our community team will also be hosting some festive fun with merchandise, a tombola and much more at their Christmas stalls. Keep your eyes peeled for updates and ensure you bring the whole family we have something for everyone! 

The event will run from 6:30-9.15pm.

•    6.30-7.00pm arrival for participants
•    7pm Training
•    8pm Firewalk

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Firewalk FAQ's

What is a Firewalk?
The participants will undergo training of around one hour. When the fire has burned to red-hot embers it is raked level and prepared for the walk. Participants go to the fire – remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk the coals.
When is the Firewalk?
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Where is it?
Culver Square, Colchester City Centre, Essex, CO1 1JQ.
What time does it start?
This year's Firewalk will take place from 6:30pm-9:15pm.

•    6.30-7.00pm arrival for participants
•    7pm Training
•    8pm Firewalk
How much is it to register?
We have an early bird offering until Sunday 5th November with registration just £15.00. After this date it will be £25.00 to register. You can sign up online at
Are there toilets on site?
Yes, toilets are available close to Culver Square.
How much sponsorship money do I have to raise?
Minimum sponsorship for each participant is £150.00. We will send you tips after you sign up to help you with your fundraising.
How old do you have to be to take part?
The minimum age to complete the Firewalk is 11 years old.  We will need to contact any participants under the age of 17 years old to gain consent from a parent or guardian before they can take part.
How should I prepare?
There is no preparation to undertake. No treatment of the feet or mental exercise, just the training provided at the seminar. You should abstain from the consumption of alcohol or drugs prior to the event. Any person who is in the opinion of the trainer unfit to participate will NOT be permitted to take part.  Feet should be clean and free from any massage or pedicure oils.
Is it safe?
There is an inherent risk in any activity involving fire. It is important that participants pay attention to all the training and heed the advice and instruction of the trainer, firewatchers and spotters. 
Is the fire real?
The fire is very real. The embers will be glowing red-hot – we can often measure the temperature at around 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Is there anything else going on during the event?
Yes, we have lots going on with stalls, dance performers, fire eaters, merchandise for sale and are looking to celebrate those taking on the Firewalk challenge with us.
What should I wear to complete the Firewalk?
There is no special clothing required. Casual comfortable clothes are best. Please remember fires can be quite dirty and clothes may become ash stained. Footwear needs to be easy to remove and will need to be replaced before going back indoors so a hand towel might be a good idea. Flip flops are a good idea, especially if the ground is cold. Nail varnish and toe rings are fine.
Will it hurt?
The sensation is described by some as walking on eggshells, others as walking on hot sand. Each walker has his or her own experience. UK Firewalk have not known walkers to experience pain, indeed when the opportunity arises many will walk across the coals more than once.
Finally, all walkers should adhere to the following:
•    Walkers must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
•    All walkers should be well hydrated (drink plenty of water). 
•    Please ensure your feet are clean and free from massage and pedicure oils. 
•    No one is forced to walk on fire and we will not allow peer pressure.
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