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Highlights

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…

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…

Colchester's Roman Trivia Trail - Download Now

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

The Women's Tour Logo

The Women's Tour comes to Colchester and North East Essex

Fireworks Exploding over the Bandstand in Castle Park

A 50th anniversary Fireworks Spectacular presented by King Coels Kittens!

Colchester Orbital

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

2021 Visit Colchester Guide now available. request your copy from the Viistor Information Centre.

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

Essex Bigger Weekend

From August 18, residents from Essex, Kent and East Sussex can enter a ballot to be in with a…

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

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…

Colchester Castle

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

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…

An illustration of the Castle turning into a Roman soldier

Roman history exhibition at Colchester Castle Museum

Aladdin rides his magic carpet in the distance, behind a magic lamp

Pantomime returns to Colchester in 2021 with another spectacular production from the Mercury…

Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery

Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

Oysters

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

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

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

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

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

More Highlights

Roman River Festival : 16-26 Sept 2021

The well-loved festival of music returns to Colchester for 2021.

Simon Amstell - Spirit Hole poster

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Mercury Theatre

Battleswick Beer Festival

Huge selection of local ales served from the hay barn. LIVE MUSIC - BATTLE OF THE BUSKERS FOOD…

Colchester Sausage and Cider Festival

The Sausage & Cider Fest arrives for the first time in Colchester!

Starlight Safari Night - 25th September 2021, open until 9.30pm

Late Night Opening at Colchester Zoo

Ibiza Orchestra Live, Colchester, Lower Castle Park, Saturday 25th September

Club Classics played by the Ibiza Orchestra in Castle Park

Elsa James sits in a tunnel

The highly regarded showcase for emerging artists launches it's 2021 selections in Colchester.

The Hythe, Colchester

Colchester Sea Cadets celebrate 30 years of the TS Colne Light

"Pick your own pumpkins - pre booked tickets only" - an image of the pumpkin patch

Pick your own pumpkins, just in time for Halloween.

Jason Manford Like Me

‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit the road! Catch it at Colchester's Charter…

Firstsite celebrating 10 years

Firstsite celebrates it's 10th birthday with a party for the community!

Antigone Poster

British Premiere at the Mercury Theatre

Jo Whiley's Anthems 90s Anthems - 2020 Uk Tour. Friday 1st October - Colchester Charter Hall

Superstar DJ, Radio & TV presenter ‘Jo Whiley’ is coming to Charter Hall, Colchester

Colchester United Stadium

League Two Football at the Jobserve Community Stadium - home of Colchester United.

Trail of Terror - a lone figure on a foggy, tree-lined path

Colchester Zoo's Trail of Terror is not for the faint hearted!

John Bishop World Tour 2021/22
Right Here Right Now

Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to Colchester Charter Hall with his highly anticipated…

The Colchester Fringe organisers Cameron & Steve wearing raincoats standing against a brick wall, Shar Cooterie is leaning out of a window behind them

Colchester Fringe Festival is happening in Autumn 2021!

John Bishop

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

Sirens Poster

A Mercury Original, set on Mersea Island at Halloween

The World's Greatest Explorer - Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Living Dangerously. Fane.co.uk/fiennes

The world's greatest living explorer finally ticks Colchester off his bucket list.

The Three Musketeers

Raucous comedy adaptation of the Alexander Dumas classic, at the Mercury Theatre.

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

"Chambers Touring Proudly presents - Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler. 2021/2022 Tour" [Image of Sarah Millican]

Stand up comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

A 12 piece band on stage

A tribute to the classic album, and the songs of Mike Oldfield, on stage at the Mercury Theatre

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