Colchester is home to a wide-range of outdoor and indoor activities to suit all ages and tastes. Whether you’re looking to relax, or burn off some energy, get competitive, or simply have some fun, Colchester has it all covered.
There’s so many activities to keep you entertained in Colchester it can be hard to keep up. You can contact us at the Visitor Information Centre to get more advice or learn about any one-off events. Might you want to coincide your trip with the Colchester Half-Marathon? Or ensure you don’t miss out on the competitive sailing at Mersea Island’s Round-the-Island Race? Whatever your taste you’ll never be short of things to do in Colchester.
Activities for a Family Day Out
Walking and Cycling
Walkers can enjoy many short local routes, such as our Heritage Trail around the town centre or the Town to Sea Trail along the River Colne to Wivenhoe. For the more adventurous, you can join the Essex Way and embark on a lengthy hike around the county.
Similarly, cyclists will find a great cycle network around town with several marked cycle routes. The more ambitious may want to join Nation Cycle Route 1 as it passes through Colchester on its way up to Scotland, or perhaps even join the North Sea cycle route that will take to you to the Netherlands and beyond.
When it comes to fun, Colchester has everything you’d expect as well as several things you wouldn’t. As well as more traditional sports and swimming available at Leisure World, a familiar bowling alley at Tenpin, and several golf courses close to the town, you could try the 18-hole Frisbee Golf course at the University of Essex, or on a similar theme, the FootGolf course at Waldegraves on Mersea Island.
If the weather’s bad and you want to burn off some energy indoors, then take a trip to Rollerworld, Europe’s finest roller-rink. In the same building you’ll find Quasar laser-tag where you can enjoy shooting your friends (or strangers). Alternatively, to really work up a sweat you can bounce off some energy in Jump Street Trampoline Park, or for those that want a real challenge you can tackle the assault course at Ultimate Ninja UK.
Leisure World Colchester is one of East Anglia's largest sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment venues and offers year round fun for all the family. The leisure pool includes outside river rapids ride, water cannons and flumes.
Tenpin Bowling Alley with licensed, late night bar, games machines and Beach Road Café. Cosmic bowling from 8pm Wed-Sun.
A pretty nine hole golf course. Quite short but challenging. Visitors will receive a friendly welcome at the clubhouse.
Rollerworld - internationally recognised as the finest roller-skating rink in Europe. Rollerworld has got the lot! 25m x 50m maple floor, spectacular sound and light show.
Looking for dogs of all shapes and sizes to come along and support the event.
Colchester's first sole-purpose trampoline park. Over 100 interconnecting trampolines create a 20,000 square foot bounce space which includes free-bounce areas, basketball nets, a foam pit and two dodgeball courts.
Activities For Kids
Colchester also offers a wealth of things to do for Children, and activities for toddlers. With many inside and outside options available, as well as plenty of free activities, a trip to Colchester means you’re never stuck for things to do on a rainy day.
Investigate some of our great play-parks including Colchester’s centrepiece park in the award-winning grounds of the castle, or try the free woodland adventure playground at Highwoods Country Park.Maybe you could brave the flumes, rapids, and interactive water features at Leisure World? Or on a sunny day head for the real thing on Mersea Island Beach.
There’s no shortage of soft-play areas either, with Go Bananas and Adventure Island being popular options. And if you’re taking a trip to Colchester Zoo, be sure to put some time aside to enjoy the fantastic play facilities on offer there.