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!

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.

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 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

British Heart Foundation Sponsored Walk

British Heart Foundation Sponsored Walk

High Woods Country Park

Sun 25 Sep 2016

Help to raise money for the BHF on our annual 10 mile walk through the Park and into surrounding countryside.

Tudor Michaelmas

Tudor Michaelmas

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Sep 2016

The Feast of St Michael and All Angels (St Michael's Mass = 'Michaelmas') falls in September. Because if occurs near the equinox in England, it marked the ending and the beginning of the husbandman's year.

Craft Events

Crafts in the Park

Castle Park

Wed 28 Sep 2016

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

Children's World

Children's World

Lower Castle Park

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Oct 2016

A great range of fun rides for children aged 2-10 years.

Paycocke's from the garden

Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Paycocke's House & Gardens

Fri 7 - Sun 9 Oct 2016

Castle Park

Tree Tour

Castle Park

Sun 9 Oct 2016

Christopher Howard's facinating guided walk is a great opportunity to find out about the wide range of trees to be enjoyed in this award winning landscape. Booking essential.

Free Kids Craft Event

Free Kids Craft Event

Colchester Library

Thu 13 Oct 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!

High Woods

Family Forest Fun

High Woods Country Park

Fri 21 Oct 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.

Craft Events

Crafts in the Park

Castle Park

Wed 26 Oct 2016

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

High Woods Country Park

Tree-mendous trees

High Woods Country Park

Wed 26 Oct 2016

Autumn is the perfect time to take a closer look at trees. See how many different tree seeds and leaves you can find on our tree trail and create a beautiful leaf mosaic.

Thomas

Spooky Day Out With Thomas

East Anglian Railway Museum

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

Things get a little spooky with Thomas and his friends this Halloween, so come and join in with some ghoulish fun!

King Coel's Kittens Fireworks

King Coel's Kittens Fireworks Spectacular

Lower Castle Park

Sat 5 Nov 2016

This will be our 46th Annual Fireworks Spectacular. Entertainment, the parade of the guy and bonfire lighting take place prior to an aerial display of Fireworks.

Free Kids Craft Event

Free Kids Craft Event

Colchester Library

Thu 10 Nov 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!

Fungi Forage

Fungi Forage

High Woods Country Park

Sun 13 Nov 2016

Join fungi expert Sarah Manning on this stroll around High Woods Country Park discovering the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow here.

High Woods

Family Forest Fun

High Woods Country Park

Fri 18 Nov 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.

Craft Events

Crafts in the Park

Castle Park

Wed 23 Nov 2016

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.