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

Colchester (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

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

Colchester (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

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.

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

 

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

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival: Colchester Place Weekend

Colchester Town Centre

Fri 3 - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Essex Book Festival returns with a weekend of literary events around the town.

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Sat 4 - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Snowdrop Walks around Kentwell Hall Gardens

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

Snowdrop Walks around Kentwell Hall Gardens

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Stevenage

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 8 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Doncaster

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Fri 14 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Plymouth

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 22 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. For full details please visit http://www.cu-fc.com/

Sudbury Open Gardens 2017

Sudbury Open Gardens 2017

Sudbury

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

2017 sees the return of the popular Sudbury Open Gardens event. In aid of St Nicholas Hospice, this annual celebration of local flora has grown from a small event to more than 20 gardens this year.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Yeovil

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 6 May 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

St Peter's Church

Sun 11 Jun 2017

Food & Drink festival in St Peter's Church.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

Invasion Colchester

Invasion Colchester

Colchester Town Centre

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Charity Sci-Fi takeover in the Town Centre

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 4 Nov 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

The Minories Galleries

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.