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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Forthcoming Event Highlights

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.

Colchester Zoo

Summer Holidays at Colchester Zoo

Sat 22 Jul - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Summer Fun at Colchester Zoo.

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 20 Aug 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

The Wivenhoe Crabbing Competion

The Wivenhoe Crabbing Competition

Sun 20 Aug 2017

Annual Wivenhoe Crabbing Competition, from 11am-1pm Sunday 20th August 2017

Round The Island Race

Round The Island Race

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Unique competitive sailing race around Mersea Island

Finishing with a picturesque putt

WFDF 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships

Wed 23 - Sat 26 Aug 2017

The World Flying Disc Federation 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships

Clacton Airshow

Clacton Airshow

Thu 24 - Fri 25 Aug 2017

Clacton-on-Sea's spectacular airshow continues into it's 26th year.

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Fri 25 Aug 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Cider & Wine Festival

6th Cider & Wine Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug 2017

Cider & Wine festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Mersea Regatta

West Mersea Town Regatta

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Sailing Festival on Mersea Island

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 3 Sep 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Day

Thu 7 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

The ever-popular Heritage Open Days return to Colchester

roman River '17

Roman River Music Festival '17

Sat 9 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Live performances from world-class artists in Colchester and the surrounding villages.

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 24 Sep 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 1 Oct 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Fri 13 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Colchester's Annual Comedy Festival returns for the 5th year.

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 15 Oct 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

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Plan your stay

Wakes Hall Lodges

AA 5 Star Self-catering £708-£1196 pupw sleeps 2-5, 01206 563222

 
 
The Cartlodge at Lee Wick Farm

£350-£1500 pupw sleeps 4-12, 01255 823281

 

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