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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

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…

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…

Colchester Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Colchester Castle Park's popular bandstand concerts return for the summer in 2021

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.

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…

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,…

Colchester Castle

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

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

Colchester Orbital

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

The Women's Tour Logo

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

Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery

Firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

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…

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 - 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…

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

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

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

Oysters

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

More Highlights

An illustration of the Castle turning into a Roman soldier

Roman history exhibition at Colchester Castle Museum

The Packing shed - a brown hut on a small island.

Take a boat out to an open day at the old oyster packing shed in Mersea.

A tour guide in costume as 'the jailer's wife'

Guided Walk for families of gruesome Colchester history

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester Medieval Fayre

Colchester Medieval Fayre and Oyster Market returns to Castle Park

The Nearly Festival Logo

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

St Botolph's Gate in Colchester's Roman Wall

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica and uncover Colchester's…

Colchester United Stadium

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

Smoke & Firs Festivals - Colchester Castle Park 20 - 22 August 2021

BBQ festival in Colchester's Castle Park

Clacton airshow

Clacton Airshow presents the Clacton 150 Flypast - August 26 and 27 The Red Arrows will be…

West Mersea Town Regatta 2021 Logo - Mermaid illustration

West Mersea Town Regatta takes place on Mersea Island in Essex, and has been running since 1838

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

Colchester Castle is Under Siege - Calling all brave young knights, warrior princes, and princesses. 29 - 30 August 2021 [Photo of battling Knights]

Family fun at Colchester Castle

Eco Festival Colchester - 4th September

A celebration of sustainable living in Lower Castle Park

Invasion Colchester Logo

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

Classic Cars in Castle Park Colchester

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

Colchester Anti Loo Roll Festival

This will be Colchester Anti Loo Roll Brigades first big event . As a Community Interest Company we…

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…

Simon Amstell - Spirit Hole poster

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Mercury Theatre

Colchester Sausage and Cider Festival

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

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

Club Classics played by the Ibiza Orchestra in Castle Park

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