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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Cato Pass (A Sci Fi Model Railway)

Witham Model Railway Show

Sun 21 Jan 2018

A massive Model Railway Show is steaming into Witham

Wivenhoe Pantomime

Wivenhoe Pantomime: Goldilocks & the Three Bears

Wed 24 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Pantomime in Wivenhoe

Bull Finch at the Garden

Big Garden Birdwatch

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jan 2018

Join us at the garden to see which birds are visiting our feeders and to find out how you can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch on January 27th and 28th.

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir


Theatre of Widdershins: Billy Goats Gruff & more

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Children's puppet show at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Newport County

Sat 3 Feb 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium


Teddy Bears Concert

Sun 4 Feb 2018

Kids activity at Colchester Arts Centre

Baby and Children's Market - Marks Tey

Baby and Children's Market

Sun 4 Feb 2018

The original UK Baby and Children’s Market Nearly New Sales. Top quality pop up sales where parents buy or sell their quality children’s second hand toys, clothes, and equipment from birth to 8 years to parents keen to save.


The Magic of Motown

Mon 5 Feb 2018

Motown tribute show at the Mercury Theatre

Morgan & West

Morgan & West - Time Travelling Magicians

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Feb 2018

Magical extravaganza at the Mercury Theatre

More Magic

Morgan & West - More Magic For Kids

Sat 10 Feb 2018

More Magic at the Mercury Theatre


Money! Money! Money!

Tue 13 Feb 2018

Children's activity event at Colchester Castle

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Coventry City

Tue 13 Feb 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Matchbox Miniatures

Matchbox Miniatures

Thu 15 Feb 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Colchester Holidays & Cruise Show 2018

Colchester Holidays & Cruise Show 2018

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Join local holiday & cruise specialists Fred. Olsen Travel Agents

Hootingly Good Show

Hootingly Good Show - owl talk and flight evening

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Owl talk and flight evening

Kentwell Hall's Gardens & Snowdrops

Kentwell Hall's Gardens & Grounds Spring Awakening

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Life is coming back to the gardens with Snowdrops & Winter Aconites starting to carpet the woodlands, whilst Mahonia, Sarcocca and Hellebores are giving off their Winter scents.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Barnet

Sat 24 Feb 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Thu 1 - Sun 4 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival descends upon Colchester, bringing a programme of talks, events and activities for all ages.

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