This January let us take you on a journey through #22for22. Twenty-two good reasons to visit Colchester this year, whether for a day trip, short break or longer stay!

Colchester Castle

1. Colchester Castle Museum - Full of internationally important artefacts & glimpses into Colchester's history. Plus, loads of interactive displays for the family & special events in the school holidays.

2. The Wivenhoe Trail - One of the most popular local walks. This 5 mile route, stretches from Colchester town centre to the riverside town of Wivenhoe. Pick the trail up in Castle Park & simply follow the River Colne as it flows out to sea.

3. Colchester Zoo - Arguably better, and definitely bigger than London Zoo, Colchester's Zoo has a reputation of being one of the finest in Europe, and indeed the world!

The Balkerne Gate

4. Discover Roman Colchester - Walls, Mosaics, a Roman Circus, ruins of the the Temple of Claudius, two theatres, a church, and more can all be found on a trip to Colchester.

5. Get a real taste of Tiptree in the building where the world famous jam was first prepared. Enjoy freshly made lunches and home-made cakes and take a wander around the onsite museum.

6. Colchester is full of unique habitats, sites of special scientific interest & more nature reserves than we can mention! Fingringhoe & Abberton are the highlights but there's plenty more to discover!

7. Shopping! Colchester town centre offers a fantastic shopping experience, with specialist independent shops sitting alongside some of the biggest names in retail

8. Breathe in the sea air, sample some freshly caught seafood, stroll along the beach, and maybe grab an ice cream? Take a trip to Mersea Island - just watch out for the tide when crossing the causeway.

9. Castle Park in the heart of Colchester's town centre is the perfect location for a spot of fresh air & a picnic. The park also contains a play area, mini golf, a café, a boating lake, a bandstand.... We could go on...!

Firstsite

10. The fantastic Firstsite gallery won Museum of the Year in 2021, and if anything looks to be even better in 2022! A spectacular building, amazing exhibitions, plus food, cinema, events & more.

11. The Roman Walls, which were erected in the years following Boudicca's attack on Camulodunum, have stood for 2000 years and have the stories and scars to prove it.

12. Colchester & Mersea Oysters are often said to be the finest in the world. You'd be missing a treat if you didn't sample some fresh from their beds.

13. On our doorstep is the only designated AONB in Essex, the Dedham Vale, affectionately known as Constable Country. An inspiration to famous English artists inc. Constable, Gainsborough & Munnings.

Colchester United Match Day - by Richard Blaxhall

14. Get sporty! Try out the local sports facilities, watch a local team, or take advantage of the coast & countryside. Sailing at Mersea, a new Sports Park- there's activities for all across the borough.

15. Colchester is a GREAT day out for kids! Rollerworld, Jump Street & Leisure World are fantastically fun indoor facilities, along with family friendly museums & of course - the Zoo!

A show at the Mercury Theatre - photo by Robert Workman

16. The Mercury Theatre an active theatre venue with a diverse and exciting programme, which reopened last year after a MASSIVE refurb and is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary in '22! 

17. Check out our Gardens & Green Spaces! Big hitters including Beth Chatto Gardens, Marks Hall Estate, Green Island Garden and Castle Park are a must for green-fingered visitors

18. Our fabulous hotels are worth a visit in their own right! From historic houses set in picturesque countryside, to opulent and stylish town centre accommodation - #treatyourself to some luxury!

Castle Park Music

19. Colchester always has plenty of BIG outdoor events in the Summer months! We're still waiting to see the full calendar, but so far we're excited that Simply Red & Toploader are coming to town!

20. The Essex Way is an interesting and scenic 81 mile walk from Epping to Harwich, which cuts right through our Borough. It's celebrating it's 50th birthday this year!

21. Jump on a guided tour of Colchester to explore its long and fascinating history! Our regular weekly tours start up again on February 5th, or you can book a private tour at a time of your choosing.

22. It's a great base for touring! Colchester is based on the Essex/Suffolk border & an ideal place to stay while exploring the wider area including the Essex Coast, East Anglia & London.

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