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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

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

The Sound of  Colchester

The Sound of Colchester Festival

Sun 28 May 2017

Festival celebrating local music, in Castle Park.

Hospital Radio Fun Day

Hospital Radio Colchester Family Fun Day

Mon 29 May 2017

Hospital Radio Fun Day in Lower Castle Park

32nd Real Ale Festival

32nd Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Tue 30 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Colchester CAMRA's Real Ale Festival at Colchester Arts Centre

Medieval Festival

The Colchester Medieval Festival & Oyster Fayre

Sat 3 Jun 2017

An Authentic Medieval Fayre & Market in Castle Park

Ermine Street Guard

Ermine Street Guard

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

THE ROMANS ARE COMING! The famous Roman Ermine Street Guard comes to Colchester.

Olly Murs

Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Stadium sized pop-anthems from local hero Olly Murs, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The Nearly Festival

The Nearly Festival

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

Castle Park hosts a family friendly live music event showcasing the UK’s best live tributes to the world’s favorite bands & artistes.

Young People's Festival

Young Children's Festival

Sat 17 Jun 2017

All together now! Come and join in with the workshops and activities for all the family.

Pipes In The Park

Pipes in the Park

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Scottish pipe bands and Highland dancing in Castle Park

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

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

More events around town

 May 2017>

Plan your stay

Knowles Barn

VisitEngland 4 Star Bed & Breakfast £55 pppnb, 01206 271110

Greenlands Barn

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering £350-£400 pupw sleeps 2, 01787 224895


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