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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

Coming up...

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol


Sat 19 Mar - Sun 12 Jun 2016

This exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most notable drawings, silkscreen paintings, photographs, films, posters, prints and installations.

In the Footsteps of Constable

In the Footsteps of Constable

Visit Colchester Information Centre

Sat 28 May 2016

Local Boy Done Good…discover the great landscape artist John Constable's many connections with Colchester.

Stone Tools

Tea and Talk: Surviving Stone

Colchester Castle Museum

Sat 28 May 2016

Join us for a special lecture presentation on local Stone Age material.

King John Returns!

King John Returns!

Colchester Castle Museum

Mon 30 May 2016

A day of Medieval activities to mark 800 years ago King John laid siege to Colchester Castle after he turned his back on the Magna Carta.

Medieval Oyster Festival

Colchester Medieval Festival & Oyster Fayre

Lower Castle Park

Sat 4 - Sun 5 Jun 2016

An Authentic Medieval Fayre & Market with period entertainment including falconry, armed combat, archery, puppetry, music & dance.

Historic Wivenhoe

Historic Wivenhoe

St Mary the Virgin C of E Wivenhoe

Sat 11 Jun 2016

Meet at St Mary's churchyard for a tour of this historic riverside town, much of which is now a designated conservation area.

Colchester Food and Drink Festival

Colchester Food and Drink Festival and Rose Show

Lower Castle Park

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Jun 2016

Now in its 13th successful year set in Colchester’s beautiful Castle Park. There will be lots of old favourites and this year we have some new and exciting stalls and products to tempt you.

Summer Screen

Summer Screen

Castle Park

Mon 27 Jun - Sun 10 Jul 2016

Summer Screen is back for 2016! Bring along a picnic & relax in front of the big screen!

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Plan your stay

The Nook

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering £320-£400 pupw sleeps 2, 01206 503677

Knowles Barn

VisitEngland 4 Star Bed & Breakfast £55 pppnb, 01206 271110


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