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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

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…

an image of a food truck in a park, a wooden sign reads 'Eating Street', text in the sky reads 'Open Air Street Food Market'

Street Food Market in Colchester's Castle Park. COVID-19 Safe.

Colchester Outdoor Film & Food Festival featuring Kids Club, OutdoorClassics, Late Night Horrors, Sunflix and Chill.

Large Screen LED Screen for Day

Outdoor film screenings in Colchester's Castle Park. COVID-19 Safe.

Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery

Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

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,…

The Women's Tour Logo

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

Olly Murs Summer Tour 2021
29 August 2021 - Colchester Castle Park
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Tickets on Sale - 9am Friday 09 October

Local lad Olly Murs rounds off his 25 date UK tour with the final show in Colchester's Castle Park…

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

Walton Bridges by JMW Turner

Walton Bridges, painted by J.M.W. Turner goes on display in Colchester Castle.

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

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…

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 Colchester Pride Logo - a rainbow silhouette of the town's iconic landmarks

Colchester Pride returns for 2021 with a day of celebration, education and entertainment.

Colchester Orbital

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

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…

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

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

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

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

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

More Highlights

Nightflix Drive-In Cinema logo

Catch some movies from your car at a drive-in cinema

Roman re-enactors in front of a modern day mosaic

Free guided tours around the gardens at the Roman Circus

Essex book festival

Essex Book Festival takes place in over 40 venues across Essex. This year it is moving from March…

Michael Landy's Welcome to Essex sign on country road. Ink on paper drawing

Colchester's contemporary art gallery, Firstsite hosts a major exhibition of brand new works by…

The Colchester Food & Drink Festival

The annual Food and Drink Festival returns to Castle Park

Colchester Sausage and Cider Festival

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

Photographs of a darkened stage with a seated orchestra lit by lasers, text reads ' Ibiza Orchestra Live, Colchester, Ibiza Classics 2021, Colchester,

Club Classics played by the Ibiza Orchestra in Castle Park

The Nearly Festival Logo

The ever popular festival dedicated to the finest tribute bands around returns to Colchester's Old…

Colchester Medieval Fayre

Colchester Medieval Fayre and Oyster Market returns to 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

Grayson Perry

Let Grayson take you through an enlightening and eye-watering evening

Invasion Colchester Logo

*Back in 2021* Invasion Colchester returns to town for its tenth year

Headway Essex Presents 'Essex Classic Vehicle Show' in blue text on a pale pink background

The Essex Classic Vehicle Show returns to Colchester Castle Park for 2021

The Roman River Festival logo imposed on a picture of the sun breaking through the trees in a woodland full of bluebells. 16 - 26 September 2021.

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

Jason Donovan - Even More Good Reasons

Jason can’t wait to play his first music concert tour in four years with his ‘Even More Good…

Ben Fogle

Thrilling tales from a modern day explorer. From crossing Antarctica to conquering Everest, Ben…

Jason Manford Like Me

‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit the road!

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 Zoo Stampede

A unique chance to run the Colchester Stampede Half Marathon at Colchester Zoo

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

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.

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

Stand up comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

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