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.

There’s so many activities to keep you entertained in Colchester it can be hard to keep up. You can contact us at the Visitor Information Centre to get more advice or learn about any one-off events. Might you want to coincide your trip with the Colchester Half-Marathon? Or ensure you don’t miss out on the competitive sailing at Mersea Island’s Round-the-Island Race? Whatever your taste you’ll never be short of things to do in Colchester.

Activities for a Family Day Out

Walking and Cycling

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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 our Heritage Trail around the town centre or one of several nature trails around local wild areas. Dicover the popularTown 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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Having Fun

When it comes to fun, Colchester has everything you’d expect as well as several things you wouldn’t. As well as more traditional sports and swimming available at Leisure World, a familiar bowling alley at Tenpin, and several golf courses close to the town, 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, then take a trip 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.

Colchester Leisure World

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.



Tenpin Bowling Alley with licensed, late night bar, games machines and Beach Road Café. Cosmic bowling from 8pm Wed-Sun.

Birch Grove Golf Club

Birch Grove Golf Club

A pretty nine hole golf course. Quite short but challenging. Visitors will receive a friendly welcome at the clubhouse.



Rollerworld - internationally recognised as the finest roller-skating rink in Europe. Rollerworld has got the lot! 25m x 50m maple floor, spectacular sound and light show.

The Granary Restaurant- Family Dining

Waldegraves Holiday Park

The Granary offers a superb selection of hot and cold meals taking advantage of the masses of quality fresh produce local to Mersea Island. Eat in the superb comfort of the Restaurant or on the decking overlooking the Swimming Pool.

Jump Street Colchester

Jump Street Colchester

Colchester's first sole-purpose trampoline park. Over 100 interconnecting trampolines create a 20,000 square foot bounce space which includes free-bounce areas, basketball nets, a foam pit and two dodgeball courts.

LW Tiptree

Leisure World Tiptree

Leisure World Tiptree provides a range of facilities and activities that is both unique and extensive for all ages and abilities. It offers a fitness centre, sports halls, aerobic workout classes, 3 generation artificial pitch.

Mighty Claws Adventure Golf

Mighty Claws Adventure Golf

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

Activities For Kids

High Woods Country Park

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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