What's on in Colchester

 July 2017>
Family in Cudmore Grove Country Park. Photo: Visit Essex

Summer Holidays

22nd July - 3rd September 2017

Browse our events listings to see everything that's happening in Colchester during the Summer Holidays, and don't forget to check out our #ColchesterForFree tag on twitter to find inspiration for activities that won't cost a penny.

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Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walking Tours
Colchester Town Centre
Every Wednesday & Saturday.

Meet at the Visitor Information Centre and join our qualified Blue Badge guides for an enjoyable and entertaining trip through 2000 years of history. We can also book private tours for parties of ten or more.

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Forthcoming Highlights

After Life Poppy

After Life

Sat 6 May - Sun 19 Nov 2017

This exhibition in Hollytrees Museum looks at death and the period following it

Love Machines

Alex Pearl: Love Machines

Sat 17 Jun - Sun 27 Aug 2017

Art Exhibition at The Minories Gallery

Ed Gold

Ed Gold: Other Worlds

Sat 17 Jun - Sun 17 Sep 2017

Art Exhibition by Essex-based photographer at Firstsite Gallery

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid: Warp and Weft

Sat 1 Jul - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Art Exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize Nominee, Lubaina Himid, at Firstsite

Mark Goldworthy

Mark Goldsworthy - Sculpture & Paintings

Sat 15 Jul - Sun 13 Aug 2017

Art Exhibition at Chappel Galleries

Munnings & The River

Munnings and the River

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Art Exhibition by Sir Alfred Munnings at the Munnings Museum, Dedham

Beth Chatto

Rainbow Fliers Summer Trail

Sat 22 Jul - Sun 3 Sep 2017

All about the beautiful and amazing winged creatures of the garden. What do they look like? What can they do? How many real 'things with wings' will you see on your summer visit to the stunning Beth Chatto Gardens?

Colchester Zoo

Summer Holidays at Colchester Zoo

Sat 22 Jul - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Summer Fun at Colchester Zoo.

Summer School

Summer School

Sat 22 Jul - Fri 1 Sep 2017

Making, Moving and Exploring at Firstsite this Summer

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

Tunde Jegede

Tunde Jegede & The Art Ensemble of Lagos

Mon 24 Jul 2017

Nigerian Supergroup at Colchester Arts Centre.

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


And If In A Thousand Years - Patrick Hough

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Film Screening and Artist Talk at Firstsite.

Archaeology Detectives

Archaeology Detectives

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Family Activities at the Natural History Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Castle Gardens

Garden Tour

Wed 26 Jul 2017

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

Beer Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 27 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

Events Calendar and Mailing List

Events Calendar

You can download your own Events Calendar here. 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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