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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town and was one of the most important settlements in Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. 21st Century Colchester is a thriving, modern town with first class visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, as well as fantastic places to eat, drink and shop.

Poised at the gateway to East Anglia with picturesque villages and only minutes away from the coast, the Colchester area is the perfect destination for a well-deserved short break, day trip or family holiday.

 

Discover Colchester

What to do in Colchester?

Castle at Night

History & Heritage 

With Roman Ruins, a Norman Castle, and Civil War scars - Colchester's history can be explored without even leaving the town centre, but head further afield and discover even more!

Cudmore Grove Country Park by Visit Essex

Family Days Out 

With both a Zoo and a Castle Colchester is off to a great start for any adventurous children. There's more to see and do whatever the weather, and it doesn't have to break the bank.

Firstsite

Arts & Culture 

With three theatres and several art galleries, including the internationally recognised Firstsite, Colchester is the cultural hub of Essex and the local region.

Cow in river at Dedham Vale

Outdoor Adventure 

Constable Country and Mersea Island are on Colchester's doorstep, as well as several award winning parks, gardens and nature reserves, there's plenty of opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Events in Colchester - Highlights

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope

Sat 18 Nov 2017 - Sun 18 Feb 2018

Exhibition by Grayson Perry at Firstsite

Henry & Joyce Trail

Free Henry & Joyce Trail / Activity Pack

Sat 10 - Sat 17 Feb 2018

Free children's activity art-trail through Colchester's subways.

Half Term in Colchester

Half Term in Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 18 Feb 2018

Find out everything happening in Colchester by browsing our half term listings

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Three Wise Monkeys Winter Beer Festival

Three Wise Monkeys Winter Beer Festival

Thu 22 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

Winter Beer Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Colchester Veteran's Images on Display

Veterans' Images on Parade 2018 - Colchester

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Feb 2018

An exciting exhibition and sale of photography in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity showcasing a unique collection of images taken by British Armed Forces Veterans.

Turn of the Screw

Turn of the Screw

Fri 23 Feb - Sat 10 Mar 2018

Turn of the Screw, Henry James’ famous ghost story, is rendered fresh, thrilling and moving in Tim Luscombe’s brand new adaptation.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Barnet

Sat 24 Feb 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Thu 1 - Sun 4 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival descends upon Colchester, bringing a programme of talks, events and activities for all ages.

Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Fri 2 - Sat 3 Mar 2018

Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Milton Jones

Milton Jones Is Out There

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Live Comedy at Charter Hall

Vegan Festival

Essex Vegan Festival

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Vegan Food & Drink Fair at Charter Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Dutch Quarter

The Essex Serpent Themed Tour

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Join town guide Josie on The Essex Serpent and other Colchester Literary Connections guided walk.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Classic Drama at the Mercury Theatre

The Thing

The Thing That Came From Over There

Fri 16 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Comedy Horror at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 17 Mar 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Yeovil Town

Sat 17 Mar 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

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