Things to do in Colchester with Kids

Great for Kids - Colchester Leisure World

Whatever your age or energy level, family attractions in Colchester have a great choice of things to do for kids to keep them amused from dawn to dusk and into the night! Either in town or just outside you will find things to do on land or sea, whether it is raining or sunny, for the whole day or just an hour or two.

For those who like to live life at a fast pace, go along to Rollerworld's massive rollerskating rink (the best in Europe!) ideal for novices and the experienced. Children activities in Colchester can also include ten pin bowling if you prefer, in which case you might like to spend a few hours day or night at Tenpin! Colchester Castle (Colchester Castle is currenty closed for refurbishment and is due to re-open in March 2014), Hollytrees and Natural History Museums are fun places to visit at anytime and have hands-on activities and lots of special events.

Being one of Europe's finest, the award-winning Colchester Zoo is essential for a fun-packed full day out. Touch an elephant, feed a giraffe and see over 200 species in naturalised settings. Tour the Zoo on the land train then let your own little monkies loose on the adventure playground!

Train enthusiasts young and old will delight in the golden age of steam at the East Anglian Railway Museum. On special days, catch a ride on one of the trains to relive the sights, sounds and smells of days past. There are so many things to do in Colchester for kids.

Families of all ages can stretch their legs and their minds on The Town to Sea Trail which takes you on a short, two and a half mile, journey from Colchester's town centre through to the historic part of Hythe. Complete the Family Activity Sheet, and discover the areas history, heritage and wildlife through the fourteen unique, hand forged artworks located along the route.

For families with energy to burn and adventure in mind, why not explore Colchester and its surrounding area on two wheels: Outdoor Hire Centre, offers a range of adult and child bikes (as well as trailers, tagalongs and child seats) for hire at affordable rates.

Daily, weekend and weekly hires are delivered to your hotel, guesthouse, campsite or holiday cottage and collected again when you're finished with them. With coastal paths, woodland trails and Country Parks galore exploring Colchester and its surrounding area by bike can be a real adventure for all the family!

For shorter adventures, Outdoor Hire Centre also operate a number of 'pop up hire centres' in Dedham, Mersea, Colchester and Marks Tey offering hourly bike hire.

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