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

Bronze Age

BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018

Sat 17 Mar - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Munnings Sign

RA250: Sir Alfred Munnings and the Royal Academy

Fri 30 Mar - Wed 31 Oct 2018

Exhibition celebrating Alfred Munnings as Past President of the Royal Academy

Jewelled lawn

National Garden Scheme Open garden

Thu 5 Apr - Fri 27 Jul 2018

There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and river Blackwater. Jewelled lawn in early April then spectacular tulips and blossom lead on to a huge number of different and colourful plants.

Merville Battery Display

Essex’s airborne history celebrated

Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018

WW2 exhibition at Colchester Library

Scott King, Britlin's Frigg

Scott King: A New Life in Frigg

Sat 16 Jun - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Windrush Exhibition

Windrush 70th Anniversary Exhibition

Sat 23 Jun - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A sound and art site specific installation that recorded the stories of ten local Caribbean elders from the Windrush generation from Essex. Ten limited-edition photo etchings by artist EVEWRIGHT will also be on display.

We Must Do Battle Where We Are Standing

We Must Do Battle Where We Are Standing

Wed 27 Jun - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Art exhibition by artist Kate Genever

The Art of Remaking

Play It Again: The Art of Remaking

Sat 30 Jun - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper

Rear View Mirror: Contemporary Chinese Works

Fri 13 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

An exhibition of contemporary Chinese works on paper

Mischief Makers

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Mischief Makers

Sat 14 Jul - Sat 1 Sep 2018

Summer Reading Challenge at Essex Libraries

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Wed 18 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Lerner and Lowe's classic musical take on George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion'

Gin Weekender

Three Wise Monkeys Gin Weekender 2018

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gin Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Al Festo

Al Festo

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A Beer & Music Festival at the Sun Inn, Dedham

Eight Ash Green

Eight Ash Green Music Festival

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

Music Festival at Fordham Heath Football Field

Kids Run The Railway

Kids Run The Railway!

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Kids' activity day at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Munnings Sign

Poetry Open Mic

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Poetry at the Munnings Museum

Fenwick Colchester

Tropical Bird Trail

Sat 21 Jul - Fri 24 Aug 2018

Follow our trail of clues around the Toy Department to win a Tropical Toucan Bird Soft Toy.

Farmers Market

Wivenhoe Farmers Market

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Farmers Market in Wivenhoe

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.


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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.