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

Europe After The Rain

Europe After the Rain

Fri 25 May - Sat 9 Jun 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre

Greystock

Greystock Music Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Music Festival in Wivenhoe

Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Food & Drink Festival on Mersea Island

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage World

Sat 26 May 2018

Vintage Fair in The Minories Art Gallery

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 26 May 2018

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

Tiptree Farm Tours

Guided Tractor Tour of Tiptree Fruit Farms

Sat 26 May 2018

Tour of the farms at Tiptree Jam Factory

Transport Extravaganza

Transport Extravaganza

Sun 27 - Mon 28 May 2018

Bank Holiday Fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Fishing for Beginners

Fishing for beginners

Sun 27 May 2018

A practical course for beginners to learn the basic of water, safety, equipment, bait types and fish species. Let us know if you need to know to borrow equipment. Suitable for adults and children ages 7+

Hospital Radio Funday

Hospital Radio Colchester Fun Day

Mon 28 May 2018

Family Fair in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Mon 28 May 2018

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

Hollytrees

Rhyme-time T-Shirts

Tue 29 May 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

Natural History Museum

Beastly Ballads

Wed 30 May 2018

Childrens activity at the Natural History Museum

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

Wed 30 May 2018

Join the ranger pond dipping and find tadpoles and other friends. Afterwards make your own freshwater friend.

Tiptree Farm Tours

Guided Tractor Tour of Tiptree Fruit Farms

Wed 30 May 2018

Tour of the farms at Tiptree Jam Factory

Tiptree Farm Tours

Guided Tractor Tour of Tiptree Fruit Farms

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Tour of the farms at Tiptree Jam Factory

Danny Baker

Danny Baker

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The well-loved raconteur and radio personality on stage at Charter Hall

Colchester Medieval Fayre

The Colchester Medieval Fayre & Oyster Market

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Medieval Fayre in Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 2 Jun 2018

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mon 4 - Sat 9 Jun 2018

The smash-hot comedy returns to the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Summer Evening Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Wed 6 Jun 2018

Early evening Guided Tour through the Town Centre

More events around town

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