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Discover Colchester and our Beautiful Borough

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Highlights

"Artfund Museum of the Year 2021 - Winner"

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

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…

Hidden Colchester

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

2022 Visitor Guide - Request Your Copy Now!

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

Walking Tours - Book Now Graphic

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

Essex Classic Vehicle Show

The Essex Classic Vehicle Show will return to the beautiful historic setting of Colchester Castle…

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 - 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…

The Mercury Theatre, with Jumbo Water Tower in the background

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

Colchester Orbital

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

Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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

Caley's Domino Crackers Poster

Art Exhibition at the Munnings Museum

Slaves of Fashion: The Singh Twins

Spring exhibition at Firstsite Art Gallery

Beth Chatto Gardens

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

Wooden house in the woods

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

A family stand in a tunnel of lights

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

Invasion Colchester 10th Anniversary

Invasion Colchester returns to town for a tenth time

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…

Colchester Castle

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

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Jumbo and The Balkerne Gate in Colchester Town Centre

Town Centre Shopping

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

Walk through 2000 years of history at the Balkerne Gate

The Balkerne Gate

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

Wivenhoe Quayside

Wivenhoe Quayside

Enjoy a drink by the river

The Chappel Viaduct

The Chappel Viaduct

Explore the Beautiful Borough

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 Colchester Town Centre Skyline

The Colchester Town Centre Skyline

Jumbo and The Town Hall in Silhouette

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Mersea Island Beach Huts

Explore West Mersea Beach

More Highlights

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The UK Tour of the acclaimed musical comes to the Mercury Theatre

Audience on camping chairs watching a bandstand concert

Colchester Castle Park's popular bandstand concerts return for the summer in 2022

The Colchester Food & Drink Festival

The annual Food and Drink Festival returns to Castle Park

A parachutists witha  stream of red smoke lands in front of a crowd

16 Air Asssault Brigade Combat Team mark Armed Forces Day with a free show on Colchester's Abbey…

Colchester Farmers Market

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

Wivenhoe Town Regatta: Saturday 2nd July 2022

Wivenhoe Town Regatta returns for 2022

Westlife in front of a pink sky

Pop concert in Colchester's historic Castle Park.

Ball and Boe

Two of the greatest voices in the world are on their way to Colchester

A steam train

Unlimited Steam Train Rides at this special event day.

Martha Jones

The Essex Summer Opera Festival begins a Layer Marney Tower

Al Festo: 9 - 10 July

Americana and Folk Music Festival at The Sun Inn in Dedham

An Evening Out With Andy Hamilton

Following two years of cancelled shows, zoom quizzes and nose-swabs, award-winning writer and…

In her shoes - an illustration of a white stilletto by a door with an 'open' sin hanging on it.

Immersive Theatre in Colchester's Culver Square

Colourscape

Colour, light and music in Colchester Castle Park

Guided Tour: Walking the Walls

A walk around Britain’s oldest and longest standing town walls

Annual Open Day - Sunday 17 july 11am - 4pm. Meet the players / Local Exhibitors / Food Drink & Games / Free Entry & Parking

Colchester United's popular Summer Open Day returns for 2022

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The classic childrens book onstage at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester Garden Festival Logo

Come along and enjoy impressive installations, workshops, and activities in this month long event…

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.

Musket Ball Holes in the Old Siege House

Return to 1648 to a Colchester under siege from General Fairfax and the Parliamentarian Army.

Alice In Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's beloved classic reimagined for the stage. This promises to be an evening of mirth,…

A model of the Roman Circus

Archaeological fun day for all the family.

Secret Island Festival

An all day music festival on the beautiful Mersea Island.

Colchester Roman Festival

A celebration of all things Roman in Castle Park

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