St Martin's Church

Colchester Heritage Open Days

The popular Heritage Open Days Weekend returns to Colchester for 2017. Dozens of properties will be open to the public over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of September, giving you the opportunity to explore the town's heritage for free.

Many of the properties are not normally open to the public, and several are hosting special events, tours and talks that will give you a special insight into the town's unique history.

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Heritage Open Day Events for 2017

Trinity Street

Discovering the History of Trinity Street

Thu 7 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

On Heritage Open Day discover Trinity Street's remarkable residents including William Gilberd, Mary Kitson and John Wilbye.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Day

Thu 7 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

The ever-popular Heritage Open Days return to Colchester

Audley Chapel

Audley Chapel Open Weekend

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Discover this 16th Century Burial Chamber on Heritage Open Day

Mercury Theatre

Backstage Tours for Heritage Open Day

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Backstage tours for Heritage Open Day at the Mercury Theatre

Cuckoo Farm

Colchester and Tendring Open Studios 2017

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Cuckoo Farm Studio will be opening their doors for Heritage Open Days

Concrete Art

Concrete Legacy with Kath Wood

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Street Walk examining the concrete murals of Henry Collins and Joyce Pallot, with Kath Wood


Films on Local Heritage and History

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Historical Films at Firstsite for Heritage Open Day

Town to Sea

Heritage Open Day - Town To Sea Trail

Sat 9 Sep 2017

From the town centre to the historic port of the Hythe and back

Mersea Barrow

Heritage Open weekend

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Roman burial mound dated AD100-120. The finds from the barrow are on display at Mersea Museum

Peake's House

Heritage Open Weekend: Peake's House

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Timber framed house in the Dutch Quarter. Originally three cottage, the earliest dating from the 14th century.

Grey Friars

Heritage Weekend at Greyfriars Hotel

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

The former GreyFriars site opens up for Heritage open Day

John Constable

Open Art Weekend

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and paint the iconic Wivenhoe House as pert of Heritage Open Weekend

Roman Theatre

Roman Theatre: Heritage Open Weekend

Sat 9 - Sat 30 Sep 2017

Colchester's Roman Theater opens its doors for Heritage Open Day

St Helen's Chappel

St Helen's Chapel - Heritage Open Day

Sat 9 Sep 2017

St Helen's Medieval Chapel opens it's doors for Heritage Open Day

St John's Abbey gatehouse

St Johns Abbeygate - Heritage Open Weekend

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

St John's Abbey Gatehouse opens to the public for Heritage Open Day with a talk a 2pm.

St Martins Church

St Martins Church Heritage Open Day

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

St Martins Medieval Church opens for Heritage Weekend. Guided tours at 11am and 3pm.

Vintage Bus

Vintage Bus Service

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Vintage Bus service between Castle Park, Bourne Mill and the Hythe

Theme Tour

Costumed Civil War Town Tour

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Free Civil War tour for Heritage Open Day

Roman Tour

Costumed Tour of Roman Colchester

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Free Roman tour for Heritage Open Day


Heritage Open Day

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Heritage Open Day at Tymperleys - with free history leaflets.

Heritage Trains and Vintage Buses

Heritage Train
Vintage Bus
All aboard the heritage train! This service from Clacton, Walton and Thorpe-Le-Soken is a special children's story train packed with activities, storytellers and magicians.

Once you've reached Colchester hop on board the vintage bus service providing a hop on/hop off bus service around Colchester to visit participating heritage sites for free.

For more detail and train tickets visit ESSCRP.

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