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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

  1. Live Music in Castle Park
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Highlights

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

Walking Tours - Book Now Graphic

Our regular walking tour, covering 2000 years of Colchester's history. Runs every Saturday and Bank…

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…

Hidden Colchester

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

Simply Red

The world-conquering pop/soul group play a concert in Colchester's historic Castle Park.

Caley's Domino Crackers Poster

Art Exhibition at the Munnings Museum

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…

2022 Visitor Guide - Request Your Copy Now!

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

A family stand in a tunnel of lights

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

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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

Colchester Castle

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

Slaves of Fashion: The Singh Twins

Spring exhibition at Firstsite Art Gallery

The replica crown jewels on display

Discover the replica Crown Jewels display, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Lion…

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 Orbital

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

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…

Invasion Colchester Logo

Invasion Colchester returns to town for a tenth time

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

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…

The Comedy Of Errors

Shakespeare’s classic screwball comedy, at the Mercury Theatre

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

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

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

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

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

THE BOADICEA OF BRITANNIA STREET

Outdoor Theatre in Colchester's Castle park

The Comedy Store Logo

The Best in Stand Up Comedy from around the globe.

Rubber Ducks

The Hospital Radio Fun day in Colchester's Lower Castle Park return for 2022

Transport Extravaganza at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Classic cars, vintage motorbikes and modern head-turners, alongside the museum exhibits and FREE…

King Coels' Curtains

Outdoor Theatre in Colchester's Castle park

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.

JULIUS CAESAR

Outdoor Theatre in Colchester's Castle park

A comically dressed pirate  brushed the teeth of an oversized friendly dragon with a customised hobby horse

Come face to face with four dragons at Colchester Castle

CAMRA Colchester Summer Beer Festiva

Annual Beer Festival at Colchester Arts Centre

Evelyn

There are a few things that we know about Evelyn: we know what she did, we know that we hate her,…

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 logo

On Thursday 2 June, the Mayor of Colchester starts the Jubilee weekend with a civic day of…

Colchester Medieval Fayre

Colchester Medieval Fayre and Oyster Market returns to Castle Park

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Mercury

Join The Mercury Theatre’s FREE Jubilee street party

A large group of cyclists race past Colchester's war memorial

Colchester hosts the opening stage of the Women’s Tour, one of the biggest all-female cycle races…

Stewart Lee – Snowflake/Tornado

Stand Up Comedy at the Mercury Theatre

Market Stall situated outside around Jumbo Water Tower

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

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Childrens Show at the Mercury Theatre

Pipes in the Park

Free festival of all things Scottish in Colchester's Castle Park

12 June 2022 - Colchester's Musicircus.

A free community music event which will immerse the town centre in sound.

The Mayor’s Festival of Diversity

A fun and celebratory festival at Firstsite

The Nearly Festival Logo

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

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The UK Tour of the acclaimed musical comes to the Mercury Theatre

The Colchester Food & Drink Festival

The annual Food and Drink Festival returns to Castle Park

A parachutists witha  stream of red smoke lands in front of a crowd

16 Air Asssault Brigade Combat Team mark Armed Forces Day with a free show on Colchester's Abbey…

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