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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.
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.
Sat 28 May 2016
One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour.
Sat 28 May 2016
Local Boy Done Good…discover the great landscape artist John Constable's many connections with Colchester.
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.
Sat 4 - Sun 5 Jun 2016
An Authentic Medieval Fayre & Market with period entertainment including falconry, armed combat, archery, puppetry, music & dance.
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Jun 2016
Over 100 different stalls with local and international food and drink in Colchester’s beautiful 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!
Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jul 2016
A two-day music and fun party for everyone in our beautiful Castle Park.
Thu 8 - Sun 11 Sep 2016
Join us to experience local history, architecture and culture in Colchester.
Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.