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Highlights

2022 Visitor Guide - Request Your Copy Now!

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

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…

Hidden Colchester

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

A family stand in a tunnel of lights

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

Colchester Orbital

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

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

Colchester's Roman Trivia Trail - Download Now

Take a walk through Colchester Town Centre and discover fascinating facts about the Roman history…

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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

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…

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 Castle

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

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…

Caley's Domino Crackers Poster

Art Exhibition at the Munnings Museum

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

FREE Open Evening at Colchester Castle!

Wooden house in the woods

Introducing Wyvernwood, an Enchanted Lost Kingdom that has existed for many centuries in a peaceful…

Walking Tours - Book Now Graphic

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

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

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…

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

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

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.

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 Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

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

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

More Highlights

Roman River Festival: 28 September to 2 October 2022

Magical evenings of glorious music from world-class musicians.

Good Luck, Studio

A new dark comedy at the Mercury Theatre

The Comedy Store Logo

The Best in Stand Up Comedy from around the globe.

Images of Muchael Palin in a style reminiscent of a propoganda poster.

Michael Palin, the Monty Python legend and intrepid globetrotter, is coming to Colchester's Charter…

Stylised ilustrations of a chef's hat, saw, painbrush and moustache, in pink on a yellow background. Text with the event details.

Essex's largest Monthly Craft and Makers Marke

Trick and Treats

Don't be afraid – get on your broomsticks and blow the cobwebs away by haunting Colchester city…

Market stalls outside Jumbo water tower

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

Fresh Air Festival

Fresh Air Festival (FAF) is a street performance festival with community at the heart of it. It's…

Colchester Fringe Festival 2022

The Colchester Fringe Festival returns for 2022

Festival of the Dead

Europe’s biggest touring halloween show comes to Charter Hall.

A tortoise and a pumpkin

‘Shriek Week’ returns to Colchester Zoo this October half term!

NSPCC Book Fair

The Annual Book Sale provides a unique opportunity to browse and purchase from a choice of many…

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Children's show at the Mercury Theatre

A tour guide dressed as 'Aggie - the jailer's wife'

The history of Colchester, but with all the gruesome gory and revolting bits (ie. all the…

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

Mersea Island Puppet Fest 2022

The original Zippy from Rainbow and TV Puppet friends come to Mersea MICA Centre on the 30th…

Fireworks Exploding over the Bandstand in Castle Park

The spectacular annual fireworks display in Colchester's Castle Park returns for once again for…

Raven Park Fireworks at Colchester Rugby Club

Colchester Rugby Club have once again partnered with Dynamic Fireworks for our biggest display…

Christmas Lights in Red Lion Yard

Late night shopping returns to Colchester Town Centre for Christmas 2022

Capture the Glow

Join the Festive Light Parade and walk through the city to watch the Christmas Lights spring to…

London Film Music Orchestra

Cinema's most magical music performed by London Film Music Chamber Orchestra under the light of a…

Collage of handmade crafts

A stunning selection of locally based makers, artists and designers Free entry and plenty of…

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…

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

Santa comes to Colchester Castle!

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