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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

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…

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…

A Christmas Tree

FREE Open Evening at Colchester Castle!

Colchester Orbital

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

Colchester's Roman Trivia Trail - Download Now

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

Elsa James sits in a tunnel

The highly regarded showcase for emerging artists launches it's 2021 selections in Colchester.

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

An illustration of the Castle turning into a Roman soldier

Roman history exhibition at Colchester Castle Museum

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 Castle

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

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

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…

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

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

Discover Constable Country

Discover Constable Country

The River Stour in The Dedham Vale

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Medieval Wall Paintings in Copford Church

Copford Church

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

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

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

More Highlights

"Pick your own pumpkins - pre booked tickets only" - an image of the pumpkin patch

Pick your own pumpkins, just in time for Halloween.

Pam Ayres sitting with her dog in a garden

Entertainment at Colchester's Mercury Theatre

Trail of Terror - a lone figure on a foggy, tree-lined path

Colchester Zoo's Trail of Terror is not for the faint hearted!

Sirens Poster

A Mercury Original, set on Mersea Island at Halloween

The World's Greatest Explorer - Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Living Dangerously. Fane.co.uk/fiennes

The world's greatest living explorer finally ticks Colchester off his bucket list.

The Three Musketeers

Raucous comedy adaptation of the Alexander Dumas classic, 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…

Colchester United Stadium

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

A graphic of the Castle with two pumpkins in teh foreground

Family friendly fun, after hours at 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

"Chambers Touring Proudly presents - Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler. 2021/2022 Tour" [Image of Sarah Millican]

Stand up comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

Fireworks Exploding over the Bandstand in Castle Park

A 50th anniversary Fireworks Spectacular presented by King Coels Kittens!

A 12 piece band on stage

A tribute to the classic album, and the songs of Mike Oldfield, on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Dracula : The Untold Story

A chilling new version of the classic gothic vampire tale at the Mercury Theatre

Dragons & Mythical Beasts

Fantastic Family Show at the Mercury Theatre

St Botolph's Gate in Colchester's Roman Wall

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica and uncover Colchester's…

The Comedy Store Logo

The Best in Stand Up Comedy from around the globe.

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…

Christmas Concert performed by the British Army Band

Annual Concert by the British Army Band at St Botolph's Church

Colchester's Town Hall

Join your costumed guide to discover the many ways in which the townsfolk of Georgian and Victorian…

Visit Father Christmas at Colchester Castle

Santa comes to Colchester Castle!

Lucy Porter

TV favourite Lucy Porter returns to Colchester Arts Centre with another fantastic stand-up show.

Jess Robinson in front of a Christmas Tree

Comedy at the Mercury Theatre

The Jolly Christmas Postman

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

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