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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.
Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Studio groups, individual artists and craftspeople in Colchester and the surrounding areas open their doors to allow the public a chance to visit their studios.
Sat 1 - Sun 16 Oct 2016
It’s official… Colchester Comedy Festival will be back for 16 glorious days of laughter in October.