Things to do in Colchester with Kids

Colchester is packed full of child-friendly venues, and has a fantastic selection of childrens' events running throughout the year. From pre-schoolers to teenagers there's always something to keep the children entertained (and plenty that adults can secretly enjoy as well).

Read on to discover Family events in Colchester, some great child friendly venues, and plenty of things to do with children in Colchester.

A Family Day Out in Colchester

Summer Holidays 2017

Summer in Colchester

Whether you're visiting Colchester or a resident looking for inspiration, we've got your Summer Holidays all planned out for you.

  • Browse our comprehensive event listings to see a complete picture of everything happening in the borough this Summer.
  • Check out our Fun For Free page for ideas that won't break the bank
  • Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date announcements, or join in the conversation with your own suggestions and ideas.
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Great For Kids Events

Join in with the fun with children’s events in Colchester. There are regular arts & craft events, film screenings, museum activities and wildlife workshops, as well as exciting festivals and shows happening during half term and school holidays.

If you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch with us at the Visitor Information Centre as there are many community activity groups in Colchester hosting regular sessions, especially for children and young people that we can help put you in touch with. 

Be sure to check out our What's On page for special events listings focussing on the school holidays, and follow us on Twitter for regular and up-to-date information.

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Music In The Park

Bandstand Concert - 'Sweeting Swing Band'

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Party in the Park

PARTY IN THE PARK

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Family Fun Day in Sudbury.

Layer Marney

Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower

Mon 24 - Thu 27 Jul 2017

Tractor Rides in July and August Monday to Thursday 2.00

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Family activity day at Colchester Castle Museum

Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge Adventurers

Tue 25 Jul 2017

A day of fun on the reserve for all the family. A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Ipswich Town

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Pre-Season Friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Amazing Animals

Amazing animals

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Animal tracking and craft at High Woods Country Park

Archaeology Detectives

Archaeology Detectives

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Family Activities at the Natural History Museum

Castle Gardens

Garden Tour

Wed 26 Jul 2017

An insight into the gardeners of Castle Park, what they do and why they do it.

Mosaic

Mosaic Magic

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Family Activities at Hollytrees Museum

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Outdoor Theatre at Flatford Mill. Bring a picnic to enjoy Shakespeare's best loved romantic comedy.

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Fri 28 Jul 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Music In The Park

Bandstand - Abbeygate Concert Band

Sun 30 Jul 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 30 Jul 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Layer Marney

Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower

Mon 31 Jul - Thu 3 Aug 2017

Tractor Rides in July and August Monday to Thursday 2.00

Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge Adventurers

Tue 1 Aug 2017

A day of fun on the reserve for all the family. A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Crime & Punishment

Crime & Punishment

Tue 1 Aug 2017

Family activity day at Colchester Castle Museum

CAT Timetable

Mini Excavation

Tue 1 Aug 2017

Meet a real archaeologist at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

CAT Timetable

Archaeological Finds Washing

Wed 2 Aug 2017

Meet a real archaeologist at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Creatures of the Deep

Creatures of the Deep

Wed 2 Aug 2017

Pond Dipping and Craft at High Woods Country Park

Our Child-Friendly picks.

Colchester Museums

Hollytrees Educational Visit
Take your pick from Colchester Natural History Museum, Hollytrees Museum or Colchester Castle Museum - all are fun places to visit at any time of the year.

You'll discover plenty of hands-on activities from the cases of toys in Hollytrees to the opportunity to ride a Roman Chariot in Colchester Castle. Be sure to check for any special events that are happening too.

Colchester Zoo

Leopard at Colchester Zoo. Photo: Scott Davey
As if a day wandering around the expansive zoo grounds wasn't enough, Colchester Zoo offers a world of fantastic experiences. Touch an elephant, feed a giraffe, or stroke a snake. Take a seat for wildlife shows as some of the zoo's residents get their daily exercise, and enjoy the interactive displays.

If you need a break from the animals the zoo also offers a fantastic outdoor adventure playground, and indoor soft play area.

Colcheter United

Colchester United
Colchester United were the English Football League's family club of the year in 2015, and continue to offer great value and memorable experience for all ages.

Children under 11 are able to attend games for free, and sit in the family-friendly East Stand. The club are also happy to welcome first-timers with messages in the programme and on the big screen, as well as offering packages for Birthdays and opportunities to be a club mascot.


Colchester Outdoors and Wildlife

Exploring Colchester can be a real adventure for all the family. Stretch your legs and mind whilst discovering the area's history, heritage and wildlife.

Discover nature reserves, woodland, playgrounds, parks, gardens and sandy beaches. Embark on one of our recommended walks, or explore for yourself.

At weekends and school holidays you can find great activities for the children, or just let them run wild. Having great fun doesn't have to cost the earth.

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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