Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town, with a rich history dating back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with great 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.

 

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What's on 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

Ice Slide

Ice Slide

Fri 1 Dec 2017 - Wed 3 Jan 2018

Have fun on the amazing 35 metre long Ice Slide in Castle Park.

Pleeze

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Power for the People

Sat 2 Dec 2017 - Sun 4 Mar 2018

Exhibition by Rose Finn-Kelcey at Firstsite

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Sat 25 Nov 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Classic panto fun for all the family at the Mercury Theatre

John Cooper Clarke

Christmas Poetry Bash

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Local & legendary poetry at Colchester Arts Centre

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Sat 16 Dec 2017

This Christmas, Darth Vader has felt your presents. At Ace Comics

Day Out With Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 16 Dec 2017

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

Castle Snow

Meet Santa At His Colchester Castle Grotto!

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Meet Santa in his Grotto!

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Goblin's Peter & The Wolf

Goblin's Peter & The Wolf

Sun 17 - Sun 31 Dec 2017

Christmas Kids Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Muppets Christmas Carol

Sing-A-Long-A Muppet Christmas Carol

Wed 20 Dec 2017

Irreverent Christmas singalong at Colchester Arts Centre

Castle Snow

Meet Santa At His Colchester Castle Grotto!

Thu 21 - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Meet Santa in his Grotto!

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Candlelight

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Dec 2017

The Charles Dickens Classic at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Port Vale

Sat 23 Dec 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Day Out With Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at the East Anglian Railway Museum

New Town Kings

New Town Kings New Years Eve Party

Sun 31 Dec 2017

Essex's finest Ska band see in 2018 at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Cambridge United

Mon 1 Jan 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Prettiest Starman

The Prettiest Starman

Sat 13 Jan 2018

The hugely popular David Bowie tribute by local musicians returns

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Grimsby Town

Sat 20 Jan 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

More events around town

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Plan your stay

Rye Farm

Self-assessed Accessibility Information £80 prpnb, 01206 734350

 
 
Sun Inn

AA 5 Star Inn £90-£145 prpnb, 01206 323351

 

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