Colchester Castle Craft activity

Colchester From Home

Colchester From Home

Stuck at home? Wondering what to get up to? Pining for your favourite local attractions?

You might not be able to visit Colchester's top attractions but many of them are working hard to bring all they have to offer into your home. From virtual tours to craft activities, video content to long reads, we've rounded up some of the best indoor activities currently being offered by some of Colchesters' finest.

You may not be able to visit Colchester in the traditional sense but hopefully some of the spirit of the town can find its way into your home.

The Ancient Colchester App

Screenshot of the Ancient Colchester App
Explore Colchester's historic sights on a virtual tour, with 360 degree panoramic reconstructions and augmented reality, discover Colchester from the comfort of your own home. Download the app on IOS and Android
Parks at Home


 Get creative with some fun planting activities you can try at home. Download the #ParksAtHome activity leaflet and share your creations on social media with #ParksAtHome

Museums at Home
Inspired by the Collections across Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Museum From Home are sharing a varietyof activities to help educate and entertain.
Colouring Sheet
Download a poster to colour in and display to show your support for our Waste Workers.
Mercury Online is a programme of digital activity providing fun theatre content for all ages. From Storytime with Dale to Mercury Musical Sing-a-Long, there is plaenty to keep you entertained.
Art is Where The Home Is

Artist created activity packs, courtesy of Firstsite,  featuring contributions from big name UK artists including Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger and more.

‘Art is where the home is’ will give you ideas about how to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required.

Create at Home

‘Create at Home’ is part of Firstsite’s ‘Art is Where the Home is’, a programme of activities to inspire everyone at home to get making.

Expect fun, step-by-step activities updated weekly– with everything from finger knitting to stick figure animation!

Clip Sound Experiments
CLIP, Colchester's Experimental Music Group usually meet monthly in Firstsite. They are now launching the #CLIPHouseMusic challenge where they want to hear what your house sounds like!

Share your sounds with them, and hear other contributions, on social media.
See how Colchester Zoo are #BringingTheZooToYou with a daily programme of videos, live chats and activities
Signals Media
Signals Media are taking their regular Animation and Video Game Making workshops online - and what's more they're completely free!
University of Essex
From online yoga, to zoom quizzes, talks, art classes and more. Find out what the University of Essex are offering both their students and the general public during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Essex Wildlife Trust have lots of ideas to Get Wild at Home from craft and activities to hints and tips to help local wildlife.
Nature Play List
Discover Marks Hall Estate at Home with their Nature Play List. Full of ideas and resources for everyone to try
History Indoors
Weekly history lecturues courtesy of the University of Essex History Department and their History Indoors project.
Your own garden and home is the perfect place to discover plenty of things to do from the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4