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!

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.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

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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.

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.

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 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

Crafts in the Park

Craft in the Park

Castle Park

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Recycled craft activites in Castle Park

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Wycombe

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Tue 7 Feb 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Showstopper! The Musical

Showstopper! The Musical

Mercury Theatre

Thu 9 - Sat 11 Feb 2017

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest – direct from the West End and now heading to the Mercury Theatre!

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Barnet

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 11 Feb 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Showstopper! The Musical

Showstopper! The Musical

Mercury Theatre

Sat 11 Feb 2017

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest – direct from the West End and now heading to the Mercury Theatre!

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Crawley Town

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Tue 14 Feb 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The First Hippo On The Moon

The First Hippo On The Moon

Mercury Theatre

Tue 14 Feb 2017

From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?

The First Hippo On The Moon

The First Hippo On The Moon

Mercury Theatre

Wed 15 Feb 2017

From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?

Castle Archery

Castle Archery

Colchester Castle Museum

Thu 16 Feb 2017

Hit the bulls eye this half term at Colchester castle. Discover why English bowmen were so effective and test your sharp shooting skills.

Crafts in the Park

Craft in the Park

Castle Park

Thu 23 Feb 2017

Recycled craft activites in Castle Park

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Portsmouth

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 11 Mar 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Mansfield

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Tue 14 Mar 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Luton

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 25 Mar 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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/

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Yeovil

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 6 May 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Invasion Colchester

Invasion Colchester

Colchester Town Centre

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Charity Sci-Fi takeover in the Town Centre