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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Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Lincoln City

Tue 21 Nov 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Christmas Zoo

Christmas Starlight Night

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Late Night Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

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

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Chocolate Making

Chocolate Making Workshop

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate... Join Sarah Knights of Chappel House Chocolate, Upstairs @ the Market to learn all about it, where it comes from, how it is grown, processed and how to make delicious homemade chocolates

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Switch On

Sun 26 Nov 2017

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

Chamber Choir

Colchester Chamber Choir

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Choir, at Colchester Town Hall

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

Indigo Moon

Indigo Moon Theatre Presents Aladdin

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Shadow Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre.

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

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Craft day

Trinity Street Santa

Christmas Market

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Christmas Market on Trinity Street

Milkway at Abberton


Sat 2 Dec 2017

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Christmas Crafts

Christmas craft

Sun 3 Dec 2017

Christmas Craft Fun

Xmas Market

Colchester Christmas Market

Sun 3 Dec 2017

Colchester's big Christmas Market comes to the High Street.

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Wed 6 - Sun 10 Dec 2017

The Headgate's popular panto written by Gary Sullivan

East of England Carol Service

Canine Partners East of England Carol Service

Thu 7 Dec 2017

Join us at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church for our very first East of England Carol Service, where you will enjoy an evening of carols and readings plus a demonstration from the Canine Partners Demo Team

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