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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.


Discover Colchester

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Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

Sat 26 Nov 2016 - Sun 8 Jan 2017

A MAGICAL PANTO ADVENTURE! Panto legends Dale Superville (Aunt Sponge, James and the Giant Peach, Wishee Washee, Aladdin) and Antony Stuart-Hicks (Widow Twanky, Aladdin) are back to tell the story of Dick Whittington.

Oh America

Gee Vaucher - An Introspective

Sat 12 Nov 2016 - Sun 19 Feb 2017

Firstsite will be home to the first ever full Gee Vaucher exhibition.

Castle Christmas Fair

Christmas Market

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

The Market will be open on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle and will see independent traders bringing a host of delicious treats from around the world and unique gifts for family and friends.

Visit Santa!

Meet Santa at his Colchester Castle Grotto!

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Colchester Museums are offering a unique opportunity this festive season. Families will be able to meet Santa, in the historic setting of Colchester Castle.

Hollytrees at Christmas

Christmas at Hollytrees Weekend

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

A weekend of festive activities including craft workshop, walking tour, Tiptree jam tasting and stories by the Doll's House

 December 2016>

Plan your stay

The Victory at Mersea

VisitEngland 4 Star Inn £45-£120 prpnb, 01206 382907

The Courtyard Rooms

£49-£79 prpnb, 01206 30 66 11


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