Things to See & Do in Colchester

Colchester offers every visitor a huge range of great things to see and do and interesting places to visit, whatever your taste or budget. With so many activities, events, places to eat, drink & shop to choose from, you never need be at a loss for things to do in Colchester and the surrounding area.

There are plenty of attractions and activities in Colchester town centre and beyond, whether you’re looking for things to do in Colchester today or want to plan ahead and find out what’s going on when you visit.

Find your Colchester accommodation now and plan your perfect fun-packed visit to Colchester, full of great activities and unforgettable experiences.

Things to do in Colchester Today

House in the garden

Garden Open

Thu 10 Jan - Sat 30 Nov 2019

20 acre private garden, tearoom and nursery open to the public

Something Fierce

Something Fierce

Sat 23 Feb - Fri 19 Jul 2019

An Exhibition about the University of Essex’s Brutalist Architecture and Academic Vision

Days Like These

Days Like These

Thu 14 Mar - Sun 26 May 2019

Reclaiming the beauty of Jaywick Sands - Days Like These is an exploration of the beauty of Jaywick Sands using watercolours, sound and virtual reality.

Alfred Munnings

Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist 1918

Sat 23 Mar - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition of Alfred Munnings' War Paintings

Treasure Quest in Constable Country

Constable Country Treasure Quest

Fri 3 May - Sat 1 Jun 2019

A prize competition treasure hunt which will take players to the beautiful villages along the Stour valley looking for clues which will lead to the hidden treasure.

Dunk 2018, Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel : BACK OFF

Fri 3 May - Sun 7 Jul 2019

Contemporary Art at Firstsite

Jelili Atiku

Fuel for Thought

Fri 3 May - Sat 1 Jun 2019

MA Curating student exhibition

Charles Debenham

The Man who Painted Colchester and Sudbury

Sat 4 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019

An exhibition of the work of Charles Debenham at Chappel Galleries

Waldegraves Car Boot Sale

Car Boot Sale in West Mersea

Sun 5 May - Sun 8 Sep 2019

At Waldegraves Family Holiday Park, we hold car boot sales every Sunday from 5th May to 8th September 2019, including over Bank Holiday Weekends. Car boot sales are weather dependent, so please call us on the day with enquiries.

Pint of Science Festival Returns to Colchester

Pint of Science Colchester

Mon 20 - Wed 22 May 2019

Join us as the world's largest science festival returns to Colchester! The festival will feature fantastically creative events showcasing brilliant local researchers in their local pubs.

Attractions

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Activities

Activity Suggestions in Colchester

 

Walking & Cycling

  • Get great suggestions for popular walking and cycling routes
  • There are walks for all abilities - take a stroll around the park, or embark on the 81 mile Essex Way
  • Download maps to help you find your way
  • Learn what landmarks to keep an eye out for along your route

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Family Fun

Great For Kids

  • Discover attractions that are great for kids around Colchester
  • Keep the children entertained whatever the weather.
  • Keep an eye on our child-friendly event listings 
  • Check back regularly for special features on what's on in the school holidays in Colchester.
  • Find great activities happening all year round that are both fun and informative.
 

Fun For Free

  • See what's happening in Colchester that won't break the bank.
  • Find out which venues have free entry, and what events won't cost you a penny. 
  • Discover historic sites and museums with no charges
  • Explore cultural venues with no entrance fees
  • Find Nature Reserves and Parks that are completely free to explore


 


Watch Our Family Day Out Video

History, Art and Culture

Culture & Heritage

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Theatre & Art Galleries


Shopping

Explore some of the fantastic shopping options Colchester has to offer.

  • Get a feel for the small lanes with their independent outlets and boutique stores.
  • Discover East Anglia's largest department store - Fenwick Colchester.
  • Enjoy shopping for branded goods at a fantastic selection of High Street chain stores, in our pedestrianised shopping precincts.
  • Browse our dedicated event listings for markets, fairs and other pop-up shopping experiences.

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Tours & Sightseeing

Camulodunum to Colchester

Itineraries

Couple reading Colchester Guide

Nightlife

The High Street At Night
The information on our site has been supplied by third parties. Colchester Borough Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of inaccuracy or error within these pages. We advise you contact the venue/event organiser in advance of your visit.