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

Pieces of String

Pieces of String

Fri 20 Apr - Tue 15 May 2018

A brand new musical premiering at the Mercury Theatre

Reel Lives

Wivenhoe Free Film Festival: Reel Lives

Fri 20 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

10 days of free films in Wivenhoe celebrating real-life stories.

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Korsandi - Mistress & Misfit

Fri 27 Apr 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 28 Apr 2018

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

Col U

Colchester United v Swindon Town

Sat 28 Apr 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Jane's Walks

Jane's Walk Festival

Thu 3 - Mon 7 May 2018

The International festival of local walks comes to Colchester

Comic Con

"Geeks" - Colchester Comic Con

Sat 5 - Sun 6 May 2018

Comic convention at Charter Hall

Bluebells

Green Island Gardens Bluebells Bazaar

Sat 5 - Sun 6 May 2018

Take a relaxing stroll through the bluebell carpeted woodland orperuse the local crafts at Green Island Gardens

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 5 May 2018

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

Bank Holiday Fun Days

Bank Holiday Fun Days

Sun 6 - Mon 7 May 2018

Bank Holiday Fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Mon 7 May 2018

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

Steve Lamacq

Steve Lamacq: Going Deaf For A Living

Tue 8 May 2018

The BBC 6 Music DJ returns to his hometown to talk all things music.

CheeseFest Colchester

CheeseFest

Sat 12 May 2018

Cheese at Charter Hall

Colchester Morris Men

Colchester Morris Men

Sat 12 May 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance in the town centre:

Spring Plant Festival

Spring Plant Festival

Sat 12 - Sun 13 May 2018

Spring Festival at the Beth Chatto Gardens

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 12 May 2018

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

Roman wall

Uncovering Roman Colchester. Themed Tour

Sat 12 May 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica as you discover Colchester’s fascinating Roman history.

Pint of Science

Pint of Science

Mon 14 - Wed 16 May 2018

Science Festival... in a pub! At Three Wise Monkeys

Wartime at the Castle

Wartime at the Castle

Fri 18 May 2018

After hours tour in Colchester Castle

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 19 May 2018

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

More events around town

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