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

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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.

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.

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

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.

Bird Feeding Bonanza

Bird Feeding Bonanza

High Woods Country Park

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Children's activities at Highwoods Country Park

Spring Sowing

Spring Sowing

High Woods Country Park

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Come and help the Community Gardeners sow and water at High Woods Country Park.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Stevenage

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 8 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Beth Chatto

Spring Fingers

Beth Chatto Gardens

Tue 11 Apr 2017

For all you mini gardeners out there! Lots of green activities including potting, wild potions and cloch making!

Highwoods Country Park

Easter Egg Rolling Egg-Travaganser

High Woods Country Park

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Children's activities at Highwoods Country Park

Spring Sowing

Spring Sowing

High Woods Country Park

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Come and help the Community Gardeners sow and water at High Woods Country Park.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Doncaster

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Fri 14 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Easter Trail

Easter self-guided Fun Trail

High Woods Country Park

Sat 15 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

Children's activities at Highwoods Country Park

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.

Abberton Reservoir

Birding day - Can we beat 65 species in a day?

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Sat 29 Apr 2017

How many birds can be identified in one day? The record is 65. At Abberton Reservoir..

Bushcraft for Beginners

Bushcraft for Beginners

High Woods Country Park

Sat 29 Apr 2017

An introduction to basic bushcraft skills including fire lighting, knife skills, wild food, foraging and shelter building. Children under 16 must be accompanied.

Tudor May Day Celebrations

Tudor May Day Celebrations

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

May Day was the most popular holiday in Tudor times with lots of merrymaking. It is also one of our most popular events of the year, expect processions, plays and pageantry with lots of music and dancing.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Yeovil

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Sat 6 May 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Abberton Reservoir

Birding day - Can we beat 65 species in a day?

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Sat 27 May 2017

How many birds can be identified in one day? The record is 65. At Abberton Reservoir..

Freshwater Friends

Freshwater Friends

High Woods Country Park

Wed 31 May 2017

Join the Ranger for an opportunity to pond dip, afterwards make your own freshwater friends to take home. Suitable for 5+

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.

Fishing for Beginners

Fishing for Beginners

High Woods Country Park

Sun 11 Jun 2017

Fishing course at Highwoods Country Park

Nayland Open Gardens

Nayland Open Gardens

Nayland Village Hall

Sun 11 Jun 2017

Nayland Open Gardens Free parking at the Village Hall Teas in the Village Hall

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.

Abberton Reservoir

Birding day - Can we beat 65 species in a day?

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Sat 24 Jun 2017

How many birds can be identified in one day? The record is 65. At Abberton Reservoir..

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.

Amazing Animals

Amazing animals

High Woods Country Park

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Help the Ranger find signs of animal life on a discovery trail and check the live small mammal traps. Afterwards get creative and make your own sock animal to take home. suitable for 5+