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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe and houses the town's main museum

A family stand in a tunnel of lights

A spectacular light trail is coming to Colchester Castle Park this Christmas.

Hidden Colchester

Take a walk through the backstreets, lanes and alleys of Colchester to discover its secrets and…

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary art gallery and winner of the Artfund Museum of the Year,…

Wooden house in the woods

Introducing Wyvernwood, an Enchanted Lost Kingdom that has existed for many centuries in a peaceful…

Screenshot of St Botolph's Priory from teh Ancient Colchester App

The Ancient Colchester App developed by Colchester & Ipswich Museums allows you to wander around…

2022 Visitor Guide - Request Your Copy Now!

The official Visitor Guide to Colchester, packed with lots of information on places to visit,…

Caley's Domino Crackers Poster

Art Exhibition at the Munnings Museum

Colchester's Roman Trivia Trail - Download Now

Take a walk through Colchester Town Centre and discover fascinating facts about the Roman history…

Slaves of Fashion: The Singh Twins

Spring exhibition at Firstsite Art Gallery

Colchester - A Walking Tour of the Roman and Medieval Gates

'Walking the walls' is a great way to explore Colchester's history. This circular walk takes you…

Silhouette of a family watching a sealion

Colchester Zoo is home to 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! Listed as the 11th…

The Wivenhoe trail runs beside the Colne (to the left in this image) snaking between Colchester and Wivenhoe.

TeXt reads "New! Downloadable Walking T

Follow our downloadable map along the The Wivenhoe Trail from Colchester town centre to the…

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

A highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company,…

Colchester Garden Festival Logo

Come along and enjoy impressive installations, workshops, and activities in this month long event…

The Siege of Colchester - An Historic walk around Colchester reliving the English Civil War Siege

Take a walk through history, exploring key sites from the Siege of Colchester in 1648 and the scars…

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

The jewel in Colchester’s crown - an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour boasting a…

Beth Chatto Gardens

World renowned gardens showcasing sustainable planting and 'the right plant for the right place'.…

Colchester Orbital

The Colchester Orbital  is a 15 mile picturesque walk and cycle route, which follows existing…

Caught in a Tudor Web Text

A trail exploring the Colchester Martyrs, persecuted during the Tudor period.

Essex Classic Vehicle Show

The Essex Classic Vehicle Show will return to the beautiful historic setting of Colchester Castle…

Walking Tours - Book Now Graphic

Our regular walking tour, covering 2000 years of Colchester's history. Runs every Saturday and Bank…

Invasion Colchester 10th Anniversary

Invasion Colchester returns to town for a tenth time

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

Oysters

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

Le Talbooth Restaurant on the River Stour near Dedham

Le Talbooth Restaurant on the River Stour near Dedham

Enjoy a meal at this scenic location

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

More Highlights

Smoke & Fire Festival

BBQ festival in Colchester's Castle Park

A steam train

Unlimited Steam Train Rides at this special event day.

Portrait of a re-enactor who looks like Henry VIII. Text over the top with the name of the event.

Tudor celebrations commemorating the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's visit.

Two women in traditional Indian costume stand next to each other giving a somewhat symmetrical appearance. Illuminated artworks can be seen in the bac

Artist Talk at Firstsite

The Wind in the Willows

Outdoor Theatre in Colchester's Castle park

Life size Thomas  at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Join Thomas and friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum for a perfect family day out

The Packing shed - a brown hut on a small island.

Take a boat out to an open day at the old oyster packing shed in Mersea.

Colchester DVLC - Mersea Island 
"It's Better By Scooter"

One of the most old-school, fun and friendly rallies on the scootering calendar.

Mersea Open Studios Map

15 artists living and working on Mersea Island are opening their studios to the public.

Colchester Farmers Market

Colchester's Farmers Market takes place in the public square outside the Mercury Theatre on the…

Stylised ilustrations of a chef's hat, saw, painbrush and moustache, in pink on a yellow background. Text with the event details.

Essex's largest Monthly Craft and Makers Marke

Audience on camping chairs watching a bandstand concert

Colchester Castle Park's popular bandstand concerts return for the summer in 2022

Heritage Open Days logo

Heritage Open Days return to Colchester for 2022

Colchester Anti Loo Roll Festival

The Colchester Anti Loo Roll Festival returns to Castle Park for 2022.

Colchester Castle

Free entry to Colchester Castle as part of Heritage Open Days 2022.

A colourful rickshaw/tricycle stands in front of firstsite - a large golden curved building.

The Rice and Spice Festival offers an afternoon of good food, fun and entertainment.

Fresh Air Festival

Fresh Air Festival launches in Brightlingsea - bringing free outdoor performances and seaside fun…

A classical orchestra and conductor under disco lights

Club Classics played by the Ibiza Orchestra in Castle Park

Jumbo Water Tower

Heritage Open Days 2022 present a rare opportunity for the public to climb "Jumbo", the largest…

Colchester Arts Centre

St Mary's at the Walls opens for Heritage Open Days

Colchester Free Family Fun Festival

A completely FREE day of fun for all the family.

Classic Cars in Castle Park Colchester

The Essex Classic Vehicle Show returns to Colchester Castle Park for 2022

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