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.

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Things to do in Colchester Today

Colchester Collectors

Colchester Collectors

Mon 11 Dec 2017 - Fri 29 Jun 2018

Exhibition of local people's collections at Colchester Castle

Plumb Poltergeist, Aaron Angell and Ian Law, 2018

Plumb Poltergeist: Aaron Angell and Ian Law

Fri 23 Feb - Sat 24 Mar 2018

Exhibition at Art Exchange on the University Campus

Bull and Cow

Wladyslaw Mirecki - Watercolours Exhibition

Sat 3 Mar - Sun 1 Apr 2018

Watercolours Exhibition at Chapel Galleries

Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present

Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present

Sat 3 Mar - Sun 6 May 2018

Exhibition by Carol Dawson at Jaywick Martello Tower

Chip Night

Chip Night

Sat 10 Mar - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Bronze Age

BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018

Sat 17 Mar - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

The Britishness Project

The Britishness Project

Sat 17 Mar - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Tue 20 - Sat 24 Mar 2018

A British Classsic at the Headgate Theatre



Fri 23 - Sat 24 Mar 2018

Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 8 Apr 2018

Easter activity at Beth Chatto Gardens

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Message In A Bottle

Message in a Bottle: Tribute to Sting & The Police

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Tribute at the Mercury Theatre

Plug IN

Plug In Showcase

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Digital showcase event at Firstsite

Strictly Air Ambulance

Strictly Air Ambulance

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Charity dancing event in Charter Hall

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Optic Days at Abberton Reservoir

Optic Days

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Optic Days at Abberton Reservoir

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Langham Handmade Craft Fair

Handmade Craft Fair

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Handmade craft fair in Langham Community Centre

Kentwell Hall Tudor House & Gardens

Kentwell Hall - Tudor House, Gardens & Rare Breeds

Sat 24 - Thu 29 Mar 2018

Explore the grounds at Kentwell Hall

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Sat 24 Mar 2018

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir


What is there to see in Colchester?

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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


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


Couple reading Colchester Guide


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.