Things to do in Colchester with Kids

Looking for things to do in Colchester with kids?

Whatever your age or energy level, family attractions in Colchester have a great choice of things to do for kids to keep them amused from dawn to dusk!

Either in town or just outside you will find things to do on land or sea, whether it is raining or sunny, for the whole day or just an hour or two.

 Great Places to Visit for Kids

Children in Colchester Castle

Play & Learn in Colchester Museums

Girls Opening Cupboard Display in Hollytrees Museum

Colchester Museums are fun places to visit at any time with hands-on activities and lots of special events!

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum

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An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Colchester (0 miles, 0 km)

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

Beach Hut - Mersea Island Museum

Mersea Island Museum

Mersea Island (8 miles, 13 km)

Exhibits of Mersea's social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing industry, including a fisherman's cottage display. Special exhibitions and gift shop.

Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle Museum

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Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

Colchester Zoo

Animals at Colchester Zoo

A family trip to Colchester Zoo is an unforgettable day out, and is one of the finest zoos in Europe! Touch an elephant, feed a giraffe and see over 200 species in naturalised settings.

Colchester Outdoors & Wildlife

With coastal paths, woodland trails and Country Parks galore, exploring Colchester is a real adventure for all the family! Families of all ages can stretch their legs and their minds while discovering the area’s history, heritage and wildlife. 

Town to Sea Trail - Raven

Town to Sea Trail & Family Activity Sheet

Castle Park Bee Trail

Family Attractions in Colchester

For families with energy to burn, make sure you discover our fantastic indoor and outdoor activity centres!

Splash around in Leisure World, skate around Rollerworld's massive rollerskating rink, bounce around Jump Street, and much more!

Colchester Borough Council has a list of playgrounds around the town for all ages.

 

Great Family Attractions

Great for Kids Events

Free Kids Craft Event

Free Kids Craft Event

Colchester Library

Thu 8 Dec 2016

KIDS! Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and enjoy free recycled craft activities! A range of activities will be available to try while you make new friends. Wear old clothes in case you get messy!

Crackers In The Square

Crackers In The Square

Culver Square

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Culver Square are going crackers this Christmas and giving away lots of prizes! Pull a cracker in the Square on Saturdays in December, for your chance to win a special gift or toy. Prizes range from small toys to £100 gift vouchers.

Christmas at Colchester Zoo

Magic of Christmas

Colchester Zoo

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Add a magical sparkle to your festivities this Christmas at Colchester Zoo!

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Kentwell's Magical Christmas is a day of activities for the whole family. Adults enjoy our insights into Victorian Life. Parents (and grandparents) find it a stimulating place to take children at Christmas-time to enjoy the festive spirit.

Castle Open Evenings

Christmas Open Evening

Colchester Castle Museum

Wed 14 Dec 2016

A seasonal treat as Colchester Castle opens its doors for FREE! Come and soak up the Christmas atmosphere with carols, mince pies, entertainment and an opportunity to meet Santa before his busy night.

High Woods

Family Forest Fun

High Woods Country Park

Fri 16 Dec 2016

A group for parents/carers and babies/children of all ages, to enjoy the woodland together and allow the children free play in nature.

Crackers In The Square

Crackers In The Square

Culver Square

Sat 17 Dec 2016

Culver Square are going crackers this Christmas and giving away lots of prizes! Pull a cracker in the Square on Saturdays in December, for your chance to win a special gift or toy. Prizes range from small toys to £100 gift vouchers.

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

Kentwell's Magical Christmas is a day of activities for the whole family. Adults enjoy our insights into Victorian Life. Parents (and grandparents) find it a stimulating place to take children at Christmas-time to enjoy the festive spirit.

Theatre Of Widdershins

Theatre Of Widdershins presents Rapunzel

Colchester Arts Centre

Mon 19 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights.

Charter Hall Bounce

Winter Bounce

Charter Hall

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Dec 2016

Charter Hall will be hosting its first indoor inflatable fun event. With bouncy castles, slides and much more! In addition to this fun session you can also book a time to visit Santa for £7 which includes a meet and greet and a present.

High Woods Country Park

Winter Woodland Crafts and Tree Dressing

High Woods Country Park

Thu 22 Dec 2016

Join us for an afternoon of fun making decorations from natural material.

Theatre Of Widdershins

Theatre Of Widdershins presents Rapunzel

Colchester Arts Centre

Tue 27 - Sat 31 Dec 2016

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights.

Craft Events

Crafts in the Park

Castle Park

Wed 28 Dec 2016

KIDS! Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and a picnic to Colchester Castle park and enjoy free recycled craft activities.

New Year’s Day Walk

New Year’s Day Walk

High Woods Country Park

Sun 1 Jan 2017

Our traditional 3 mile ranger-led walk through the Park, followed by a cup of mulled wine and mince pie.

Theatre Of Widdershins

Theatre Of Widdershins presents Rapunzel

Colchester Arts Centre

Mon 2 - Tue 3 Jan 2017

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights.