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.

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Things to do in Colchester Today

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Sat 10 Nov 2018 - Sun 12 May 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

House in the garden

Garden Open

Thu 10 Jan - Sat 30 Nov 2019

20 acre private garden, tearoom and nursery open to the public

susan pui san lok | A Coven A Grove A Stand

susan pui san lok | A Coven A Grove A Stand

Sat 9 Feb - Sun 21 Apr 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite rediscovering the persecution of witches.


Wild - Art Textiles:Made in Britain

Sat 9 Feb - Sat 2 Mar 2019

Art Exhibition at The Minories Galleries


Snowdrop Sundays

Sun 10 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

In late Winter and early Spring the ancient landscape around Hedingham Castle is blanketed with magnificent drifts of snowdrops, planted with at least thirteen different varieties in the nineteenth century.

Introduction to Design

Introduction to Garden Design 6 week course

Mon 11 Feb - Mon 25 Mar 2019

The 6 Week Garden Design Course is a great way to achieve a beautifully designed and landscaped garden without having to hire a professional.

Selfies (2018)

flyingleaps: Art on the streets II

Tue 12 Feb - Sun 24 Mar 2019

Following the success of the initial presentation in 2018, Firstsite present a second collaboration with 'flyingleaps', an organisation that commissions artists to create posters in response to contemporary politics, events and ideas.

Firstsite Holiday Fun

Firstsite Holiday Fun | February Half Term 2019

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

Get moving and making this February Half Term with Firstsite's Holiday Fun!

Snowdrop & Garden Walk

Snowdrop Walks & Spring Bulbs Gardens Open

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

The gardens and grounds open on the 16th February, and with spring in the air it is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy a walk and fresh air and wander through the carpets of snowdrops around the estate.


Half Term at Rollerworld

Mon 18 - Fri 22 Feb 2019

School Holiday rollerskating


The Mousetrap

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Snowdrop Grove

February Half Term Trail

Mon 18 - Fri 22 Feb 2019

Learn more about the trees, shrubs and delicate flowers which are beginning to come to life following the cold winter months, as we welcome the Snowdrops back this February Half Term.

Little Mix Tribute

Little Mix Tribute - February Half Term Special Ev

Wed 20 Feb 2019

February Half Term Special Event! Our Tribute to Little Mix returns to the JobServe Community Stadium for an afternoon of singing and dancing along to the ultimate Girl Power Tribute!

Diesel Fun

Half Term Diesel Days

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Half Term fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum



Wed 20 Feb 2019

Come down to the East Anglian Railway Museum in half-term for unlimited rides on one of our classic diesel trains….

Out of Hat

Out of Hat

Wed 20 Feb 2019

A Long Nose Puppet Magic show.

Paula Varjack: The Cult of K*nzo

Wonderful Wednesday: Paula Varjack - Cult of K*nzo

Wed 20 Feb 2019

THE CULT OF K*NZO is a solo performance combining storytelling, videography, sound design and choreography, to playfully explore one woman’s life long desire for luxury & the ways in which luxury brands create that desire.

Bring Back Chainmail and Boom Busters

Bring Back Chainmail and Boom Busters

Wed 20 - Thu 21 Feb 2019

Two brand new pieces of theatre. Bring Back Chainmail - devised theatre featuring live combat, music, home-made costumes, and gingerbread knights. Boom Busters - a new one act play presented ahead of the INK Festival in Suffolk.

The Cult of K*nzo by Paula Varjack

The Cult of K*nzo

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Why do we want the things that we want? A playful critique of consumer culture through the lens of high fashion


What is there to see in Colchester?

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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


Watch Our Family Day Out Video

History, Art and Culture

Culture & Heritage

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Theatre & Art Galleries


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.

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Tours & Sightseeing

Camulodunum to Colchester


Couple reading Colchester Guide


The High Street At Night
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