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Discover the City of Colchester

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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…

Hidden Colchester

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

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…

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…

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…

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

Christmas Carol Festive Trail

Discover this exciting Christmas themed trail around Colchester City Centre.

Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art In Exile

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

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…

Colchester Castle

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

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

Denis Wirth-Miller: Landscapes and Beasts

Artists Denis Wirth-Miller and Francis Bacon were friends for more than fifty years. However, while…

Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.

A new exhibition telling the stories of those accused of witchcraft during the Essex Witch Trials.

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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

A family stand in a tunnel of lights

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

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…

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

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

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 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

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

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

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

More Highlights

A silhouette of Beauty and the Beast dancing in front of a stained glass window featuring a prominent rose image.

The Mercury Theatre's popular and acclaimed Panto returns for 2022, with a new production of Beauty…

Christmas Lights in Red Lion Yard

Late night shopping returns to Colchester Town Centre for Christmas 2022

Firstsite at night

Firstsite is 11 – and open until 11pm on four specially curated nights …

The Snowman and boy flying in the snowy sky

Essex Youth Orchestra will perform against the backdrop of the popular animated film based on…

An image of Santa in front of a snow covered Colchester Castle

Santa comes to Colchester Castle!

Christmas Market and Open Weekend

Festive stalls and free entry at Marks Hall Estate

Christmas Market flyer

Locally Made Christmas Gifts & Goodies

Market stalls outside Jumbo water tower

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

A christmassy coasting of snow and snowfall superimposed on an image of Colchester Casle

FREE Open Evening at Colchester Castle!

ABF The Soldiers' Charity Essex Christmas Concert 2022

THE ESSEX COMMITTEE FOR ABF THE SOLDIERS' CHARITY PRESENT THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH A…

Poster for Brewery Open Days with event information on.

Free Brewery Open Days at Colchester Brewery this December.

Colchester High Street Christmas Market

The Colchester Christmas Market is back featuring a pedestrianised High Street, live music, street…

East 17

The now legendary East17 embark on their first ever National theatre Tour which promises to be the…

The Concert at Christmas

A plant-led vegetarian café

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

A family Christmas show at Colchester Arts Centre

Two children in elf costumes sit at Santa's feet.

Settle down at Hollytrees Museum with family and friends to enjoy a festive storytelling session…

Father Christmas in front of a Christmas Tree

Join Father Christmas and his elves for a fun packed evening of craft, games and Christmas magic!

Still of Alec Guinness in the classic movie

Colchester Arts Centre Director Anthony Roberts’ traditional rendition of the Dickens classic, with…

Terrifically Terrifying Tales

Two ghost stories are set to scare audiences this Christmas & New Year in the eerie surroundings of…

A woman, wearing white, plays electric guitar

Colchester's finest local bands see in 2023.

Ea Sustain 14- 15 January

An exciting new festival about Environment, Culture and Entrepreneurship is set to launch this…

Martin Kemp

Dig out those 80`s clothes, grab your dancing shoes, and prepare to enjoy a night of pure ‘Gold’…

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!

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