Walks in Colchester

Activities in Colchester

Colchester is home to a wide-range of outdoor and indoor activities to suit all ages and tastes. Whether you’re looking to relax, or burn off some energy, get competitive, or simply have some fun, Colchester has it all covered.

From standard sports facilities and swimming pools, to just-for-fun trampoline parks and roller rinks, Colchester offers a wide selection of sports activities for all ages and abilities that can be enjoyed by yourself or in a large group.

Nearby you'll find a host of walking and cycle routes from which you can explore the beautiful countryside of North Essex and Suffolk.

Also, be sure to check out upcoming Sports activities, with regular running events taking place around the town (including a popular half-marathon once a year), sailing on Mersea Island, walking, cycling, football and much more.  

Great activities to enjoy in Colchester

Mighty Claws Adventure Golf

Mighty Claws Adventure Golf : A Roman Ruckus offers 18-holes of ferociously good fun for all the family. Roarsome!


Rollerworld is Europes finest Roller Rink, with a 50m x 25m solid maple floor, fantastic new sound and light show. Everyone can have a go at skating and if you don’t fancy that we have Quasar, laser gun fun in our specially made arena.

Leisure World Colchester

Leisure World Colchester is one of East Anglia's largest sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment venues and offers year round fun for all the family. The leisure pool includes outside river rapids ride, water cannons and flumes.

Colchester United Football Club

Colchester United FC – More than just a football club.

Jump Street Colchester

Jump Street trampoline parks offer jump sessions in Essex, suitable for both adults & children. Jump Street is based both in Colchester & in Chelmsford, also offering adult fitness classes, toddler sessions, special needs support sessions.

Having Fun in Colchester

When it comes to fun, Colchester has everything you’d expect as well as several things you wouldn’t.

For traditional sports and swimming take a trip to Leisure World, just a short walk from the main town centre. You will also discover several golf courses close by, including the dinosaur-themed Mighty Claws course which is perfect for children. For slightly more unusual activities you could try the 18-hole Frisbee Golf course at the University of Essex, or on a similar theme, the FootGolf course at Waldegraves on Mersea Island.

If the weather’s bad and you want to burn off some energy indoors, there's plenty of options too. From the familiar Tenpin bowling to Rollerworld, Europe’s finest roller-rink. In the same building you’ll find Quasar laser-tag where you can enjoy shooting your friends (or strangers). Alternatively, to really work up a sweat you can bounce off some energy in Jump Street Trampoline Park, or for those that want a real challenge you can tackle the assault course at Ultimate Ninja UK.

Walking and Cycling in Colchester

Couple Walking in Dedham, Visit Essex
Get started by looking at the great range of walking routes and cycle paths around the town, out into the East Anglian countryside and beyond.


Walkers can enjoy many short local routes, such as a stroll around the Roman Walls, or one of several nature trails around local wild areas. Dicover the popular Town to Sea Trail as it follows the River Colne to nearby Wivenhoe, or head out to local towns and villages for their own unique walking trails.

The particularly adventurous may want to join one of the long-distace walking routes that pass close to Colchester

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Cyclists will find a great cycle network around town with several marked cycle routes. The more ambitious may want to join Nation Cycle Route 1 as it passes through Colchester on its way up to Scotland, or perhaps even join the North Sea cycle route that will take to you to the Netherlands and beyond.

Discover more useful cycle information to aid you in biking around the local area.

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Activities For Kids in Colchester

Family Fun

Colchester also offers a wealth of things to do for Children, and activities for toddlers. With many inside and outside options available, as well as plenty of free activities, a trip to Colchester means you’re never stuck for things to do on a rainy day.

Investigate some of our great play-parks including Colchester’s centrepiece park in the award-winning grounds of the castle, or try the free woodland adventure playground at Highwoods Country Park.Maybe you could brave the flumes, rapids, and interactive water features at Leisure World? Or on a sunny day head for the real thing on Mersea Island Beach.

There’s no shortage of soft-play areas either, with Go Bananas and Adventure Island being popular options. And if you’re taking a trip to Colchester Zoo, be sure to put some time aside to enjoy the fantastic play facilities on offer there.

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