The 10 Best Things to do in Colchester this Bank Holiday Weekend

May Bank Holiday in Colchester

Whether you're on a daytrip to Colchester, holidaying nearby, or a resident looking for things to do, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained in Colchester during the early May Bank Holiday Weekend.

All of the usual attractions will be open, including the ever-popular Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, and as ever there are plenty of great food and drink and shopping experience to enjoy in the town centre.

Plenty of local attractions are putting on something special for the long weekend though, so if you're looking to make the most of a few days off work, or simply find something to keep the kids entertained we've picked ten of our best suggestions of things to do in Colchester this Bank Holiday weekend.

Jane's Walk

Take your pick from 27 themed walks led by local people exploring the community and environment. A hugely popular event ofering something for everyone. And best of all, it's all free!


Hill House Woods
Explore some of the Beautiful Borough's woodland and find carpets of bluebells covering the floor. Hillhouse Wood in West Bergholt (pictured) is one of our favourites, or take a trip to Green Island Gardens for their Bluebells Bazaar!
Cosmic Puffin
Festival Season begins early on Mersea Island with this three-day event packed with local bands, family activities and more. All for charity!
Ye Olde Albion Music Day
There's even more live music happening in Rowhedge as Ye Olde Albion hosts its annual music day. More great local bands for free.
Black Buoy
4 Days of beer, cider, food, music and more at the Black Buoy in Wivenhoe. On Sunday why not hop on the foot ferry to jump between this and Rowhedge music day?
Children's World
A funfair for kids in Colchester's Castle Park. Buy a wristband for unlimited rides!
May Bank Holiday Festival
Steam trains, rides, kids activities, stall and more at the East Anglian Railway Museum this Bank Holiday Weekend
Pre-Loved Kilo
Vintage Fair with a difference at Colchester's Charter Hall. Pick up a bargain or two, but keep an eye on those scales!
Free Comic Book Day
Grab yourself some free comics and take advantage of some offers on back issues and trade paperbacks at Ace Comics!
Family Fun Day
Colchester Rugby Club host a Rugby 7s Festival, community stands, craft stalls, food, refreshments, children's activities, a beer festival and more at their family fun day.
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Of course there's plenty more going on in Colchester and it Beautiful Borough this weekend and beyond. Check out our What's On guide or use the calendar above to find out more.