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Visit Colchester - Official Colchester Tourist Information Site

Visit Colchester

Colchester in Essex is Britain's oldest recorded town, with a rich history dating back over 2000 years.

But it's not just history. Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with great 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

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What's on in Colchester - Highlights

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope

Sat 18 Nov 2017 - Sun 18 Feb 2018

Exhibition by Grayson Perry at Firstsite

James Acaster

James Acaster: Classic Scrapes Book Tour

Thu 23 Nov 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

Colchester Brewery

Brewery Open Day

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Tours and Beer Tasting at Colchester Brewery

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 25 Nov 2017

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

Minories Xmas

Minories Christmas Market

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Our brilliant Christmas Market returns for another year. Filled to the brim with amazing goodies made by our regions very talented local artists, designers and makers. Come along and see what Christmas gifts you can find for your loved ones

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Sat 25 Nov 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Classic panto fun for all the family at the Mercury Theatre

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Switch On

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas starts here! Watch the grand illumination of Colchester's Town Centre lights.

Fenwick Dove

Fenwick's Festive Showcase

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Watch a huge Christmas projection animate the front of Fenwick Department Store

Festive Fun In The Square

Festive Fun & Light Switch-on

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Festive Fun in Culver Square. Watch the grand Christmas Light Switch On by some very special guests from Frozen

England Kazakhstan

England v Kazakhstan- Womens World Cup Qualifier

Tue 28 Nov 2017

Womens World Cup Qualifier at the Weston Homes Stadium

Lion walk Lights

Christmas Light Switch On & Fireworks

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Christmas light Switch-on in Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry

Thu 30 Nov 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

Ice Slide

Ice Slide

Fri 1 Dec 2017 - Wed 3 Jan 2018

Have fun on the amazing 35 metre long Ice Slide in Castle Park.

Colchester Brewery

Brewery Open Day

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Tours and Beer Tasting at Colchester Brewery

Dedham at Christmas

Dedham Christmas Market

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Market on Dedham High Street

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 2 Dec 2017

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

Made in Colchester

Made in Colchester Christmas Fair

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Fair at Colchester Arts Centre

Pleeze

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Power for the People

Sat 2 Dec 2017 - Sun 4 Mar 2018

Exhibition by Rose Finn-Kelcey at Firstsite

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage Christmas World

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Annual Vintage Fair pops up in 37 Queen Street this year

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Milsoms

AA 3 Star Small Hotel £98-£135 prpn, 01206 322367

 
 
Aldous House

£400-£500 pupw sleeps 7, 07786 918492

 

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