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 entertained 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 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.

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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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 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