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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

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 Orbital

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

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,…

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…

Colchester's Roman Trivia Trail - Download Now

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

An illustration of the Castle turning into a Roman soldier

Roman history exhibition at Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle

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

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

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…

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

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

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 ruins of St Botolph's Priory

The ruins of St Botolph's Priory

Discover what remains of Britain's first Augustinian priory.

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

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

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

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

More 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…

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Join the Jolly Christmas Postman on his final delivery of the year as he visits well-loved…

Firstsite, the back of the Minories Folly and the mosaic benches in the snow

Grab your skates and enjoy Firstsite's pop-up skating rink and festive fun activities.

Benton End

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

Visit Father Christmas at Colchester Castle

Santa comes to Colchester Castle!

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

Christmas Lights in Red Lion Yard

Late night shopping returns to Colchester Town Centre for Christmas 2021

A Very Merry Christmas Concert

The annual FREE Christmas concert at the Mercury returns

Two men and woman - wearing a red scarf - hold hymn books and sing as if in a choir.

After Hours Christmas fun at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester United Stadium

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

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto 18th December 2021

Darth Vader has felt your presents, and will now listen to your Christmas wishes.

xmas xtravaganza - Saturday 18th December

A full Christmas production from the stars of RuPaul's Drag Race at Charter Hall

The Snow Lion and Snow Queen stand in front of the Castle

Family Christmas experiences in Colchester Castle

A puppet of the shoemaker

Theatre of Widdershins return to Colchester Arts Centre with a magical Christmas show for all the…

Two children dressed as elves listen to a story read by Santa

Christmas Storytime at Colchester Castle

An illustration of the Old Library

An East Anglian Ghost Story in the Mercury Theatre

Stephen K Amos

Immerse yourself in an hour of bridge building laughter with Stephen K Amos at Colchester Arts…

A photo of Katherine Ryan

Stand Up Comedy at Charter Hall

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’…

John Bishop World Tour 2021/22
Right Here Right Now

Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to Colchester Charter Hall with his highly anticipated…

The Ballad of Maria Marten

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

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.

The Comedy Store Logo

The Best in Stand Up Comedy from around the globe.

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