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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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

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 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…

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…

a brightly coloured placard reading 'keep being amazing'

Explore the ground-breaking Firstsite Holiday Fun programme through vibrant artworks in this…

"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…

Simply Red

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

Colchester Castle

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

Benton End

Art Exhibition at Firstsite, the Art Fund Museum of the Year.

Colchester's Roman Trivia Trail - Download Now

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

2022 Visitor Guide - Request Your Copy Now!

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

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…

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Take a guided tours around Colchester with an expert and fully qualified guide

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'.…

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 Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

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

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

A Fresh Catch of Oysters on Mersea Island

Oysters

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

More Highlights

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

A new musical based on the classic tale, at the Mercury Theatre

Martin Kemp: Back to the 80s

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

Colchester United Stadium

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

The Ballad of Maria Marten

A thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s real-life murder mystery, at the Mercury Theatre

Cartoon of Roman Charioteer

Follow this Fun Family trail in Colchester Castle

Knights in front of Colchester Castle at night time

Providing fun for the whole family, Knightzzz At The Museum offers a truly unique experience. If…

Hollytrees Museum

Discover more about domestic life in Colchester with one of our special drop-in sessions at…

4 pirates drinking in the galley of a ship

Le Navet Bete and Barbican Theatre present Treasure Island, a swashbuckling, smash-hit comedy for…

The Tiger who came to tea. Tiger sitting at a table with a young girl

Direct from the West End, the Olivier award-nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to…

The UK's number 1 Gin festival / A bottle of Raspberry and Mango Gin

The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond.

Jack Dee poses, arms folded in front of a Red Curtain and the text "I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue"

BBC Radio's multi award-winning antidote to panel games returns to the stage in 2022

The Comedy Store Logo

The Best in Stand Up Comedy from around the globe.

Jason Manford Like Me

‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit the road! Catch it at Colchester's Charter…

Omid Djalili

Intelligent, always provocative, entertaining, Omid’s legendary stand-up performances is a…

A woman, with white face paint  and inverted cross on her forehead stands with palms pressed together.

​​​​​​Whether you are a Rock fan or theatre goer The Circus of Horrors has something for everyone.

A cartoon of Reginald D. Hunter with a stick of Dynamite

Stand-up comedy at the Mercury Theatre

Nish Kumar

Control is a new show from the host of the Mash Report and one of the Guardian’s Top Fifty…

Bob and Paul stand in wet weather gear in front of a river

Bob and Paul invite you to join them for a chat about fishing, life, death and falling over.

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.

an image of a food truck in a park, a wooden sign reads 'Eating Street', text in the sky reads 'Open Air Street Food Market'

Street Food Market in Colchester's Castle Park.

Colchester Outdoor Film & Food Festival featuring Kids Club, OutdoorClassics, Late Night Horrors, Sunflix and Chill.

Large Screen LED Screen for Day

Outdoor film screenings in Colchester's Castle Park.

10cc posed with drumkit

70s Legends at Colchester's Charter Hall

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Children's show at the Mercury Theatre

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