Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria

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Colchester's Castle Park is a large, scenic and well maintained Victorian park in the heart of Colchester's town centre. As well as being a perfect location for a spot of fresh air, quick walk, or picnic the park also provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts. 

Free to explore and fully accessible throughout, the park grounds include notable historic sites, including the Roman Wall, Victorian Bandstand, and the Castle itself. A second museum, Hollytrees Museum sits within it's grounds and tells a social history of the town as well as housing the Visitor Information Centre for the town. You'll discover a fish pond and boating lake at opposite ends of the grounds and the river Colne flows through the Northern end of the site. There's an extensive play area for children, well tended gardens (including Colchester's famous rose beds) and numerous short walks and intriguing paths to follow. 

A mini golf course can be found in the lower park, and during the warmer months swan peddalos operate on the boating lake.

The Cafe in the Park offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as serving ice-creams and takeaway refreshments to enjoy.

Castle Park also hosts Colchester town centre's Park Run every Saturday morning.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs and cycling are not permitted in the Upper Park, but are allowed in the the Lower Park

Trails, Activities and Walks

Download a Castle Park Tree Trail
Castle Park History & Nature trails for families
Autumn Worksheet for kids, courtesy of the Friends of Castle Park

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Events

Saturday, 2nd July 2022 - Saturday, 2nd July 2022

Westlife in front of a pink skyWestlife: Wild Dreams TourPop concert in Colchester's historic Castle Park.
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Sunday, 3rd July 2022 - Sunday, 3rd July 2022

Ball and BoeBall and Boe Together Again This SummerTwo of the greatest voices in the world are on their way to Colchester
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Saturday, 16th July 2022 - Sunday, 17th July 2022

ColourscapeColour, light and music in Colchester Castle Park
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Thursday, 21st July 2022 - Sunday, 24th July 2022

Colchester Outdoor Film & Food Festival featuring Kids Club, OutdoorClassics, Late Night Horrors, Sunflix and Chill.

Large Screen LED Screen for Day Colchester Outdoor Film & Food FestivalOutdoor film screenings in Colchester's Castle Park.
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Monday, 25th July 2022 - Monday, 25th July 2022

Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

Sunday, 31st July 2022 - Sunday, 31st July 2022

Saturday, 13th August 2022 - Saturday, 13th August 2022

Sunday, 14th August 2022 - Sunday, 14th August 2022

Sunday, 4th September 2022 - Sunday, 4th September 2022

Audience on camping chairs watching a bandstand concertCastle Park Bandstand ConcertsColchester Castle Park's popular bandstand concerts return for the summer in 2022
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Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Sunday, 31st July 2022

Colchester Roman FestivalA celebration of all things Roman in Castle Park
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Thursday, 4th August 2022 - Sunday, 7th August 2022

an image of a food truck in a park, a wooden sign reads 'Eating Street', text in the sky reads 'Open Air Street Food Market'Summer 'Eating Street' Food MarketStreet Food Market in Colchester's Castle Park.
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Saturday, 6th August 2022 - Saturday, 6th August 2022

Simply RedSimply RedThe world-conquering pop/soul group play a concert in Colchester's historic Castle Park.
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Saturday, 20th August 2022 - Sunday, 21st August 2022

Smoke & Fire FestivalBBQ festival in Colchester's Castle Park
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Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 - Saturday, 3rd September 2022

Castle Park Theatre - Little StarOutdoor Theatre in Colchester's Castle park
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Saturday, 3rd September 2022 - Saturday, 3rd September 2022

Eco - Festival 2022 Colchester Castle Park
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Saturday, 10th September 2022 - Saturday, 10th September 2022

Colchester Anti Loo Roll FestivalColchester Anti Loo Roll FestivalThe Colchester Anti Loo Roll Festival returns to Castle Park for 2022.
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Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Saturday, 17th September 2022

A classical orchestra and conductor under disco lightsIbiza Orchestra LiveClub Classics played by the Ibiza Orchestra in Castle Park
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Saturday, 24th September 2022 - Saturday, 24th September 2022

Colchester Free Family Fun FestivalFree Family Fun FestivalA completely FREE day of fun for all the family.
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Sunday, 25th September 2022 - Sunday, 25th September 2022

Essex Classic Vehicle ShowEssex Classic Vehicle Show
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Sunday, 25th September 2022 - Sunday, 25th September 2022

 Classic Cars in Castle Park ColchesterEssex Classic Vehicle ShowThe Essex Classic Vehicle Show returns to Colchester Castle Park for 2022
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Friday, 2nd December 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

A family stand in a tunnel of lightsEnlightened - Castle Park Christmas Light TrailA spectacular light trail is coming to Colchester Castle Park this Christmas.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Changing Places
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets - Disabled toilets require a RADAR key to access. A Changing Places facility is available but requires a code that must be requested from the borough council in advance.

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Guided tours for groups - Guided tours can be arranged for groups. Please contact the Visitor Information Centre.

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Venue approved for civil marriage

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop - Gifts can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre in Hollytrees Museum
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Colchester

Road Directions

By Road:Main Entrance at the east end of Colchester High Street.Parking is available with a charge at any of the towns' car parks. The nearest car parks are Nunn's Road, Priory Street and Osborne StreetAccessible by Public Transport: Colchester Town station is 0.5 miles away.

Castle Park

Type:Park

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Tel: 01206 282962

Fax: 01206 855287

Awards

  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Other AwardsGreen Flag Award Green Flag Award 2020

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Open dawn to dusk everyday of the year. Park locked in the evenings - check gates for details.
Some parts of the park may be closed off during events.