Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town, with a rich history dating back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with great visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.

 

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Big Events this Summer

Food & Drink Fest

Colchester Food & Drink Festival & Rose Show

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

Food and Drink festival with demonstration kitchen with live music. In Castle Park

Wivenhoe Regatta

Wivenhoe Regatta

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Sailing Festival on the waterfront at Wivenhoe

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Wed 28 Jun - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Theatrical adaptation of the classic children's book, at the Mercury Theatre

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid: Warp and Weft

Sat 1 Jul - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Art Exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize Nominee, Lubaina Himid, at Firstsite

Sounds Of Essex

Sounds of Essex

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Live music, world music workshops, hands on experiences and a world record attempt. All in Castle Park

Big Sunday

Big Sunday

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Music, Comedy, Food and more in Colchester's Cultural Quarter

Summer Screen

Summer Screen

Mon 3 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

A Big Screen in Castle Park, showing Wimbledon and great Feature Films.

Military Show

Colchester Garrison Show

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Free Military Show on Abbey Fields

Colchester United

2017 Colchester United Open Day

Sun 16 Jul 2017

Annual Open Day at Weston Homes Stadium

Beer Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 27 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

Round The Island Race

Round The Island Race

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Unique competitive sailing race around Mersea Island

Mersea Regatta

West Mersea Town Regatta

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Sailing Festival on Mersea Island

More events around town

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Plan your stay

Mersea Island Holiday Park

VisitEngland 4 Star Holiday Park £244-£1395 pupw sleeps 6-8, 01442 508850

 
 
GREYFRIARS

VisitEngland  Hotel , 01206 575913

 

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