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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.
Fri 1 Jul - Wed 31 Aug 2016
Find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is on a guided walking tour.
Thu 8 - Sun 11 Sep 2016
Join us to experience local history, architecture and culture in Colchester. With many free activities and entry into historic buildings on Heritage Open Days, 8th-11th September 2016
Sat 10 Sep 2016
Free Family Fun Festival is back for 2016. Castle Park will come alive with live music, children s entertainment and food and FREE entry
Fri 16 Sep - Sun 2 Oct 2016
Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.