Things to See & Do in Colchester

Colchester offers every visitor a huge range of great things to see and do and interesting places to visit, whatever your taste or budget. With so many activities, events, places to eat, drink & shop to choose from, you never need be at a loss for things to do in Colchester and the surrounding area.

There are plenty of attractions and activities in Colchester town centre and beyond, whether you’re looking for things to do in Colchester today or want to plan ahead and find out what’s going on when you visit.

Find your Colchester accommodation now and plan your perfect fun-packed visit to Colchester, full of great activities and unforgettable experiences.

Things to do in Colchester Today

Colchester Collectors

Colchester Collectors

Mon 11 Dec 2017 - Fri 29 Jun 2018

Exhibition of local people's collections at Colchester Castle

Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present

Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present

Sat 3 Mar - Sun 6 May 2018

Exhibition by Carol Dawson at Jaywick Martello Tower

Chip Night

Chip Night

Sat 10 Mar - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Bronze Age

BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018

Sat 17 Mar - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

The Britishness Project

The Britishness Project

Sat 17 Mar - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Munnings Sign

RA250: Sir Alfred Munnings and the Royal Academy

Fri 30 Mar - Wed 31 Oct 2018

Exhibition celebrating Alfred Munnings as Past President of the Royal Academy

Jewelled lawn

National Garden Scheme Open garden

Thu 5 Apr - Fri 27 Jul 2018

There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and river Blackwater. Jewelled lawn in early April then spectacular tulips and blossom lead on to a huge number of different and colourful plants.

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.

Kentwell Hall Tudor House & Gardens

Kentwell Hall - Tudor House, Gardens & Rare Breeds

Sat 21 - Thu 26 Apr 2018

Explore the grounds at Kentwell Hall

She Rises by Kate Worsley

Beginners Creative Writing course

Wed 25 Apr - Wed 4 Jul 2018

Always fancied writing but don't know where to start? Are you a secret writer but haven't dared show anyone your work? Prize-winning local novelist Kate Worsley is running a new beginners creative writing course at The Red Lion, Manningtree

Beginners Creative Writing (Evening)

Beginners Creative Writing with Kate Worsley

Wed 25 Apr - Wed 4 Jul 2018

Always fancied writing but don't know where to start? Are you a secret writer but haven't dared show anyone your work? In this class we explore what makes fiction work and how you can turn your ideas into reality.

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Thu 26 - Fri 27 Apr 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme

Sieben

Sieben + Fishclaw

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Future-Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Zero

Zero

Thu 26 Apr 2018

On Stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Short Story Writing

Writing Short Stories

Thu 26 Apr - Thu 5 Jul 2018

'A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.' ~Stephen King Pucker up, and join us to explore the short form. We will study well-loved stories, as well as ground-breaking modern fiction.

Plotting Your Novel

The Plot Thickens

Thu 26 Apr - Thu 5 Jul 2018

Are you working on a novel or an autobiography and have found yourself lost in a labyrinth? Do you have lots of ideas but don't know how to build them into a coherent piece of writing? This class looks at plotting ideas and structure.

Life Writing and Autobiography

Life Writing

Thu 26 Apr - Thu 5 Jul 2018

Thinking of writing about yourself or your family? Interested in this difficult and rewarding genre? This class is about exploring your life through creative non-fiction in a supportive environment. As Weigl said, 'You control the past now.

Kestrel

Birds of Prey talk and flight evening

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Birds of Prey evening

Plastic

Plastic

Thu 26 - Sat 28 Apr 2018

Drama at the Mecury Theatre

Attractions

What is there to see in Colchester?

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Activities

Activity Suggestions in Colchester

 

Walking & Cycling

  • Get great suggestions for popular walking and cycling routes
  • There are walks for all abilities - take a stroll around the park, or embark on the 81 mile Essex Way
  • Download maps to help you find your way
  • Learn what landmarks to keep an eye out for along your route

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Family Fun

Great For Kids

  • Discover attractions that are great for kids around Colchester
  • Keep the children entertained whatever the weather.
  • Keep an eye on our child-friendly event listings 
  • Check back regularly for special features on what's on in the school holidays in Colchester.
  • Find great activities happening all year round that are both fun and informative.
 

Fun For Free

  • See what's happening in Colchester that won't break the bank.
  • Find out which venues have free entry, and what events won't cost you a penny. 
  • Discover historic sites and museums with no charges
  • Explore cultural venues with no entrance fees
  • Find Nature Reserves and Parks that are completely free to explore


 


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History, Art and Culture

Culture & Heritage

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Theatre & Art Galleries


Shopping

Explore some of the fantastic shopping options Colchester has to offer.

  • Get a feel for the small lanes with their independent outlets and boutique stores.
  • Discover East Anglia's largest department store - Fenwick Colchester.
  • Enjoy shopping for branded goods at a fantastic selection of High Street chain stores, in our pedestrianised shopping precincts.
  • Browse our dedicated event listings for markets, fairs and other pop-up shopping experiences.

More Things To Do

Tours & Sightseeing

Camulodunum to Colchester

Itineraries

Couple reading Colchester Guide

Nightlife

The High Street At Night
The information on our site has been supplied by third parties. Colchester Borough Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of inaccuracy or error within these pages. We advise you contact the venue/event organiser in advance of your visit.