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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 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.

Moscow State Circus

Moscow State Circus

Wed 12 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

The world-famous Moscow State Circus is coming to Abbey Fields in Colchester.

Military Show

Colchester Garrison Show

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Free Military Show on Abbey Fields

John Ball Day

John Ball Day

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Day commemorating an important figure from Colchester's past.

Colchester United

2017 Colchester United Open Day

Sun 16 Jul 2017

Annual Open Day at Weston Homes Stadium

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v West Ham XI

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Pre-Season Friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Colchester Zoo

Summer Holidays at Colchester Zoo

Sat 22 Jul - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Summer Fun at Colchester Zoo.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Ipswich Town

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Pre-Season Friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Beer Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 27 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Fri 28 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017

When Peter Pan returns to the Darling’s home to retrieve his shadow, he’s not expecting to meet Wendy, or that she’ll join him for the adventure of a lifetime.

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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