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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

  1. Live Music in Castle Park
    Find out what's on in Colchester
  2. Heritage Open Day goes Digital.  To claim a 25%  discount off entry to Colchester Castle please show a screenshot of this voucher or quote HODS20 when visiting the Castle.
    Click here for an exclusive discount ticket offer at Colchester Castle.

Highlights

Ancient Colchester App

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

Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

World renowned gardens planted by the late Beth Chatto to the mantra of 'right plant in the right…

Colchester Zoo

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

A tortoise and a pumpkin

Join in with fang-tastic themed displays and activities taking place between the 24th October – 1st…

Colchester Orbital

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

Colchester Castle

*BACK OPEN FROM 23rd JULY* Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe and houses the…

Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery

*BACK OPEN FROM 24th JULY* Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

Popcorn Movies. 29th - 31st October. Nightmare on Popcorn Street Halloween Drive-In. Food & Drink Available / Socila Distancing / Toilets

A new drive-in cinema experience set in an idyllic countryside location just off the A12 at…

Castle Park

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

Heritage Open Days logo

Heritage Open Days return to Colchester and Wivenhoe for 2020

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

Oysters

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

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

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

More Highlights

Cornelia Park, Neither From nor Towards, 1992. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London (c) the artist

Exhibition of works from the Arts Council Collection at Firstsite

Essex County Hospital, the site of a recent archaeological dig

Exhibition of recent archaeological finds, at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

A young girl standing on a tree stump

Wildlife Trail at Marks Hall Estate

Heritage Open Days: Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre goes online for Heritage Open Days

The Handlebards: Romeo and Juliet
Logo & two crying actors

Outdoor Theatre at Layer Marney Tower

Colchester Zoo Stampede

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

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

The Trail of Terror’ begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked…

Days Out With Thomas

Celebrate Thomas' 75th Birthday year at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Colchester Farmers Market

Monthly Farmers Market at Colchester Arts Centre *This venue is currently closed until further…

Stalls | Food | Gifts | Live Entertainment | Arts & Crafts
Christmas Market
5 & 6 December 2020 | 10am - 5pm | Colchester Town Hall

Come join us at The Colchester Town Hall Christmas Market.

Guided Tour: Victorian Colchester at Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly! The Victorians invented many of the Christmas traditions we love and…

10cc posed with drumkit

70s Legends at Colchester's Charter Hall

Martin Kemp’s Back to the 80’s Party

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

Invasion Colchester

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

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…

Jo Whiley's 90s Anthems

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

John Bishop

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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

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