Things to do in Colchester with Kids

Colchester is packed full of child-friendly venues, and has a fantastic selection of childrens' events running throughout the year. From pre-schoolers to teenagers there's always something to keep the children entertained (and plenty that adults can secretly enjoy as well).

Read on to discover Family events in Colchester, some great child friendly venues, and plenty of things to do with children in Colchester.

A Family Day Out in Colchester

Great For Kids Events

Join in with the fun with children’s events in Colchester. There are regular arts & craft events, film screenings, museum activities and wildlife workshops, as well as exciting festivals and shows happening during half term and school holidays.

If you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch with us at the Visitor Information Centre as there are many community activity groups in Colchester hosting regular sessions, especially for children and young people that we can help put you in touch with. 

Be sure to check out our What's On page for special events listings focussing on the school holidays, and follow us on Twitter for regular and up-to-date information.

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles

Wed 27 - Thu 28 Sep 2017

A brand new Sherlock Holmes caper, on stage at the Mercury Theatre.

Abi's Adventure

Abi's Adventure

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Firstsite

Christina Johnston

Christina Johnston - On Tour

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Classical singer at St Botolph's Church

Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 30 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Thomas and friends are visiting again

Starlight Safari

Starlight Safari Nights

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Late night opening at Colchester Zoo.

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

Sat 30 Sep 2017

We are delighted to announce that the long awaited pumpkin patch and maize trail is back! This year we are bigger and better than ever with pick your own pumpkins, a maize trail and game zone! We even have food stalls for you to enjoy!

Goulash!

Hungarian Goulash Day

Sun 1 Oct 2017

Goulash Festival at Firstsite

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 1 Oct 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Kiddi Caru in Colchester

FREE Discovery Week at Kiddi Caru in Colchester

Mon 2 - Sat 7 Oct 2017

Unlock your child’s imagination at our FREE Discovery sessions from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th October. Monday to Friday: 10-11am and 2-3pm Saturday: 10.30am to 1 pm Amazing offers on childcare available!

Out of Heaven

Lecture: Emma Biggs and Matthew Collins

Thu 5 Oct 2017

Colchester Art Society Autumn Lecture at Firstsite

ANIMAL FAMILIES AND ME WITH GORDON BUCHANAN

Animal Families with Me and Gordon Buchanan

Fri 6 Oct 2017

Animal Anecdotes on stage at Charter Hall

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Mansfield Town

Sat 7 Oct 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct 2017

Thomas and friends are visiting again

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

Sat 7 Oct 2017

We are delighted to announce that the long awaited pumpkin patch and maize trail is back! This year we are bigger and better than ever with pick your own pumpkins, a maize trail and game zone! We even have food stalls for you to enjoy!

Night of the Choirs

Night of the Choirs

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Free and fun gospel music at Kingsland Church

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Carlisle United

Sat 14 Oct 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Comedy For Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids with BSL Interpretation

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival - For Kids! At Colchester Arts Centre.

Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy Live

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre.

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

Sat 14 Oct 2017

We are delighted to announce that the long awaited pumpkin patch and maize trail is back! This year we are bigger and better than ever with pick your own pumpkins, a maize trail and game zone! We even have food stalls for you to enjoy!

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Sun 15 Oct 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Our Child-Friendly picks.

Colchester Museums

Hollytrees Educational Visit
Take your pick from Colchester Natural History Museum, Hollytrees Museum or Colchester Castle Museum - all are fun places to visit at any time of the year.

You'll discover plenty of hands-on activities from the cases of toys in Hollytrees to the opportunity to ride a Roman Chariot in Colchester Castle. Be sure to check for any special events that are happening too.

Colchester Zoo

Leopard at Colchester Zoo. Photo: Scott Davey
As if a day wandering around the expansive zoo grounds wasn't enough, Colchester Zoo offers a world of fantastic experiences. Touch an elephant, feed a giraffe, or stroke a snake. Take a seat for wildlife shows as some of the zoo's residents get their daily exercise, and enjoy the interactive displays.

If you need a break from the animals the zoo also offers a fantastic outdoor adventure playground, and indoor soft play area.

Colchester United

Colchester United
Colchester United were the English Football League's family club of the year in 2015, and continue to offer great value and memorable experience for all ages.

Children under 11 are able to attend games for free, and sit in the family-friendly East Stand. The club are also happy to welcome first-timers with messages in the programme and on the big screen, as well as offering packages for Birthdays and opportunities to be a club mascot.


Colchester Outdoors and Wildlife

Exploring Colchester can be a real adventure for all the family. Stretch your legs and mind whilst discovering the area's history, heritage and wildlife.

Discover nature reserves, woodland, playgrounds, parks, gardens and sandy beaches. Embark on one of our recommended walks, or explore for yourself.

At weekends and school holidays you can find great activities for the children, or just let them run wild. Having great fun doesn't have to cost the earth.

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Family Attractions in Colchester

For families with energy to burn, make sure you discover our fantastic indoor and outdoor activity centres!

Splash around in Leisure World, skate around Rollerworld's massive rollerskating rink, bounce around Jump Street, and much more!

Colchester Borough Council has a list of playgrounds around the town for all ages.

 

Great Family Attractions