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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.
Mon 27 Jun - Sun 10 Jul 2016
Summer Screen is back for 2016! Bring along a picnic & relax in front of the big screen!
Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016
Find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is on a guided walking tour.
Sat 16 Jul 2016
Colchester Carnival will again be returning to Colchester town centre This year's theme is "Fairy tales, myths and legends"
Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jul 2016
A two-day music and fun party for everyone in our beautiful Castle Park.
Sat 6 Aug 2016
Follow in the footsteps of Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica on this historic guided walking tour.
Thu 8 - Sun 11 Sep 2016
Join us to experience local history, architecture and culture in Colchester.
Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.