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Discover the City of Colchester

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    Colchester celebrates becoming a city with a programme of celebratory events.
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Highlights

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…

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Art Exhibition at Firstsite

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Take a guided walking tour around Colchester to discover its history and heritage with an expert…

Colchester Castle

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

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

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

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…

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

Pompeii Murmillo Gladiator helmet © The Trustees of the British Museum

Join us this summer for our spectacular new exhibition, Gladiators, A Day at the Roman Games!…

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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

Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art In Exile

Firstsite presents a special year-long exhibition by Iranian rug maker, Mehdi Jalalaghdamian…

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…

Hidden Colchester

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

Colchester Orbital

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

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

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

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…

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

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

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

Oysters

More Highlights

Market stalls outside Jumbo water tower

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

painting of naked lady eating cake and drinking tea

Join us for a special evening event to celebrate the opening of our hotly anticipated new…

The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight

A chamber orchestra breathing beautifully dark energy into legendary Rock & Metal tracks, in…

A silhouette of two children with toy swords in front of Colchester Castle

Sleep over in Colchester Castle!

Jason Fox

Ex-soldier Jason Fox brings the remarkable story to Colchester's Charter Hall

A small green Waggon und Maschinenbau Railbus E79963 sits by the platform

Unlimited Diesel Rides at the East Anglian Railway Museum

London Mozart Players

SOLD OUT! Orlando Jopling conducts, at the Mercury Theatre

Chappel Winter Beer Festival 2023

The popular beer festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum returns for its winter edition.

Henning Wehn

Watch the self-styled German Comedy Ambassador at Colchester's Charter Hall.

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay

A ferociously funny political farce, at the Mercury Theatre

Sap

A contemporary thriller with ancient roots, at the Mercury Theatre.

Paul T Davies: Bury Me In Colchester Mud

Revived and performed as part of the cultural celebrations of Colchester being granted City status,…

Steam Train

Steam Trains at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Life size Thomas  at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Join Thomas & Friends for family fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Sara Pascoe

Comedy at Charter Hall

John Kearns - The Varnishing Days

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Around the World in 80 Days

Join this raggle-taggle band of travelling circus performers as they embark on their most daring…

Stewart Lee – Basic Lee

One man, one microphone and one microphone in the wings in case the one on stage breaks

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ best-loved novel is brought to life on stage at the Mercury Theatre.

Vintage cars at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Steam Engines & Classic Cars at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Colchester Medieval Fayre

Colchester Medieval Fayre and Oyster Market returns to Castle Park

G4 Live

The UK’s No.1 vocal quartet extend their exhilarating ‘G4 LIVE’ tour with more dates into 2023!

The Doctor Will See You Now

Join Alan Fletcher (AKA Karl Kennedy) Ramsay Street’s most famous doctor, as he looks back and…

Dara Ó Briain: So… Where Were We?

Dara Ó Briain performs at Colchester's Charter Hall with a brand new show!

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