Countdown is on to celebrate RSPCA’s 200th birthday event in Essex

Animal lovers and four-legged friends can join the celebrations on 15th June 2024

The RSPCA will be holding a birthday party like no other to celebrate its 200th anniversary with a host of events across England and Wales including in Essex

And animal lovers and families from Colchester, Lexden and Maldon are invited to join in the celebrations as part of the RSPCA’s One Fun Day which will be held simultaneously at various locations across the country.

RSPCA Essex Mid & North Branch will be hosting three events to help celebrate 200 Years of the RSPCA. The Colchester Clinic Fun Day is at 116 Harwich Road, Colchester CO4 3BZ from 11am until 3pm. Here, you’ll have a chance to meet the veterinary team and see the Operating and X-Ray facilities which help around 2000 pets every year.

Derrick Yapp, Income Generation Manager said “We are extremely proud of these facilities and honoured to be included as one of Mayor Lesley Scott – Boutell’s five Mayoral Charities of the Year. Mayor Scott-Boutell will be formally opening the event at around 1.30pm

In the grounds outside of the clinic there will be a range of stalls, games and refreshments. Access is available via the Compton Road entrance with some parking available at St Anne’s Church nearby.

Meanwhile, the RSPCA Prettygate Shop (54 Prettygate Road, Lexden) will be hosting their own fun day with games, tombola and refreshments. The fun begins at 11am. Parking is available in the car park behind Prettygate Library.

Also starting at 11am, down the road in the RSPCA Maldon Shop (76 High Street), there’s a cake sale and tombola. Parking is available behind the shop in Friary Fields car park.

There are more than 70 events, which are being held up and down the country at RSPCA animal centres, shops and other surprising locations!

No two One Fun Day events are ever the same, and you can find out what is happening near you by looking at this interactive map which highlights all the events happening on Saturday June 15.

One Fun Day is an annual event on the RSPCA calendar – but this year it is extra special because the charity is celebrating its 200th anniversary – with the actual birthday day being on Sunday 16 June.

So by taking part in One Fun Day – and celebrating on our birthday – you can ensure you will have a weekend to remember!

It also gives people and communities the chance to come together to support their local RSPCA branches and centres and help improve the lives of every animal as part of a million strong movement to change the lives of animals for the better.

RSPCA staff volunteers and supporters are pulling out all the stops this year to make sure the events in Essex Mid & North Branch are memorable.

So save the date and join us and be part of the RSPCA’s 200th anniversary celebrations and our movement to improve animals’ lives by attending your local One Fun Day.

Derrick Yapp, Income Generation Manager said: “It’s incredible to think that our charity has been helping animals for 200 years – making us the oldest animal welfare charity in the world.

This is such an amazing feat and one that we can’t wait to celebrate with our supporters old and new at our one fun day events in Colchester, Prettygate or Maldon

“We know the day will be one to remember and we can’t wait for people to join us in our celebrations.

“Events like these are vital fundraising events for our Branch and help to raise money which will be used directly to help animals in Essex.

We’ve been changing industries, laws, minds, and animals’ lives for 200 years. Together, there are actions, big and small, we can take to create a better world for every animal.

It’s amazing really how far the charity has come since 1824 – when founding members of the charity met in a coffee shop in London determined to change animals’ lives, creating the then SPCA and sparking an animal welfare movement that spread around the world.”

For more information about One Fun Day you can visit

All events run from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 15th June 2024 and are free to enter