What's on in Colchester

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Christmas in the Park

Christmas In Colchester

December 2016.

Embrace the festive season with a visit to Colchester where you will find something on offer for all the family. Our events guide will have everything you need to keep you entertained this Christmas.

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Colchester Christmas Market

Colchester Christmas Market
Castle Park
9th to 11th December 2016

Colchester Castle will capture the festive spirit when a Christmas Market takes place on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle.

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What's On This Week

Tymperleys

Christmas Tour & Afternoon Tea

Colchester

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Take a Christmas Tour of Colchester followed by Christmas Afternoon Tea at Tymperleys on the 8th December.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

Colchester

Sat 26 Nov 2016 - Sun 8 Jan 2017

A MAGICAL PANTO ADVENTURE! Panto legends Dale Superville (Aunt Sponge, James and the Giant Peach, Wishee Washee, Aladdin) and Antony Stuart-Hicks (Widow Twanky, Aladdin) are back to tell the story of Dick Whittington.

Father Christmas' Grotto

Father Christmas' Grotto

Colchester

Sat 26 Nov - Sat 24 Dec 2016

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto in Children’s World on the lower ground floor every weekend from Saturday 26 November until Christmas Eve.

Free Kids Craft Event

Free Kids Craft Event

Colchester

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!

Oh America

Gee Vaucher - An Introspective

Colchester

Sat 12 Nov 2016 - Sun 19 Feb 2017

Firstsite will be home to the first ever full Gee Vaucher exhibition.

Art Exchange

James Cauty's ADP Riot Tour

Colchester

Mon 5 - Mon 12 Dec 2016

ADP is James Cauty's 40ft shipping container housing a vast post-apocalyptic landscape in miniature populated only by the police and media crews.

Chappel

Katherine Hamilton - Landscape Journeys

Colchester

Sat 12 Nov - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Chappel Galleries is showing works by Katherine Hamilton from 12 November – 11 December 2016 Exhibition Hours – Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Blue Tits by Carl Borges

Landscape Impressed – prints by 12PM

Sudbury

Sat 5 Nov 2016 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

12PM can’t promise you a Constable-like view of the Stour Valley, but they will be exhibiting an original view of nature, with trees and water as a dominant theme.

art gallery

Movement of the People [pt3]

Colchester

Thu 1 - Sat 10 Dec 2016

A chance to reflect on the UK, a seafaring island’s attitude to migration through Sarah Wood’s remarkable film, Boat People, which turns to history to investigate our ongoing relationship to those who make it to our shores.

Santa's Post Box, Red Lion Yard

Santa's Post Office

Colchester

Sun 20 Nov - Sun 18 Dec 2016

Visit Santa's Post Office in Red Lion Yard and write a letter to the big man himself! Make sure you include your address so Santa can reply to you. PLUS Meet Santa's cheeky elves.

Stocking Fillers

Stocking Filler Fayre

Colchester

Wed 7 - Thu 8 Dec 2016

Stocking Filler Fayre at Tymperleys Wednesday 7th December 10am-6pm and Thursday 8th December 10am-5pm.

Allocated Orange

Allocated Orange

Colchester

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Group Show and Christmas Event presented by 3rd year Colchester School of Art Students fundraising towards graduate show 2017 - art for sale, raffle and prizes

Castle Christmas Fair

Christmas Market

Colchester

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

The Market will be open on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle and will see independent traders bringing a host of delicious treats from around the world and unique gifts for family and friends.

Visit Santa!

Meet Santa at his Colchester Castle Grotto!

Colchester

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Colchester Museums are offering a unique opportunity this festive season. Families will be able to meet Santa, in the historic setting of Colchester Castle.

Funfair

Vintage Funfair

Colchester

Fri 9 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

Traditional Christmas fun at Castle Park with a vintage funfair attractions including gallopers, vintage rides and side stalls.

Allocated Orange

Allocated Orange

Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Group Show and Christmas Event presented by 3rd year Colchester School of Art Students fundraising towards graduate show 2017 - art for sale, raffle and prizes

Hollytrees at Christmas

Christmas at Hollytrees Weekend

Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

A weekend of festive activities including craft workshop, walking tour, Tiptree jam tasting and stories by the Doll's House

Crackers In The Square

Crackers In The Square

Colchester

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Culver Square are going crackers this Christmas and giving away lots of prizes! Pull a cracker in the Square on Saturdays in December, for your chance to win a special gift or toy. Prizes range from small toys to £100 gift vouchers.

The Amzing Addrian

Edwardian Entertainment at Christmas

Colchester

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Professor Addrian’s entertainments are from a bygone age of elegance. Watch Madam Fifi the flea leap into a pool of water, next see the kaleidoscopic effects produced by the magic lantern. Learn of the Jabberwocky.

Brightlingsea Late Night Shopping

Festival Gala Concert

Brightlingsea

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Brightlingsea Festival Gala Concert

Beeswax Candles

Free Christmas Craft Workshop

Colchester

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Christmas Crafts with artist Val Osment – make a festive beeswax candle or organic tree decoration to take home or give as a gift

Christmas at Colchester Zoo

Magic of Christmas

Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Add a magical sparkle to your festivities this Christmas at Colchester Zoo!

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Sudbury

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.

Allocated Orange

Allocated Orange

Colchester

Mon 12 Dec 2016

Group Show and Christmas Event presented by 3rd year Colchester School of Art Students fundraising towards graduate show 2017 - art for sale, raffle and prizes

Things to do and see

Events Calendar and Mailing List

You can download your own Events Calendar here, or pick up a paper copy from the Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum. For a full up-to-date list of events happening in and around Colchester, you can Browse All Events on our website.

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