What's on in Colchester

 August 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

Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge Adventurers

Tue 22 Aug 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

Children's Creative Net

Children's Creative Net: Introduction to Animation

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Create your own short animation from beginning to end.

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

CAT Timetable

Mini Excavation

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Meet a real archaeologist at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

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

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Fri 28 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017

When Peter Pan returns to the Darling’s home to retrieve his shadow, he’s not expecting to meet Wendy, or that she’ll join him for the adventure of a lifetime.

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?

Marks Hall Sculpture

Sculpture at Marks Hall

Sat 29 Jul - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Outdoor Sculpture exhibition in Marks Hall Gardens

Street Photography

Street Photography Exhibition

Sat 19 Aug - Thu 28 Sep 2017

Photographic exhibition by Colchester's Homeless community - on display in the Old Bus Depot

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

Summer Show

Summer Show

Sat 8 Jul - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Art exhibition at the Sentinel gallery

The Corn Maze

The Corn Maze

Thu 3 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Traditional corn maze, running at Foxes Farm Produce all summer

Layer Marney

Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower

Mon 21 - Thu 24 Aug 2017

Tractor Rides in July and August Monday to Thursday 2.00

Wartime At The Castle

Wartime At The Castle

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Family activity day at Colchester Castle Museum

Watching the World

Watching The World

Thu 17 Aug - Sat 23 Sep 2017

A SNUBLiC Art Show at The Minories Colchester. India ink drawings about big issues as well as local scenes of Colchester.

Beth Chatto

Wildlife Fair 2017

Tue 22 - Wed 23 Aug 2017

Come and join us at The Beth Chatto Gardens for our ever popular annual Wildlife Fair. A host of wildlife experts and societies gather in the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens over two days for a fun filled summer day out for the family.

CAT Timetable

Archaeological Finds Washing

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Meet a real archaeologist at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Events Calendar and Mailing List

Events Calendar

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