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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 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016
A weekend of festive activities including craft workshop, walking tour, Tiptree jam tasting and stories by the Doll's House
Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016
The Market will be open on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle and will see independent traders bringing a host of delicious treats from around the world and unique gifts for family and friends.
Sat 26 Nov 2016 - Sun 8 Jan 2017
A MAGICAL PANTO ADVENTURE! Panto legends Dale Superville (Aunt Sponge, James and the Giant Peach, Wishee Washee, Aladdin) and Antony Stuart-Hicks (Widow Twanky, Aladdin) are back to tell the story of Dick Whittington.
Sat 12 Nov 2016 - Sun 19 Feb 2017
Firstsite will be home to the first ever full Gee Vaucher exhibition.