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

Colchester Collectors

Colchester Collectors

Mon 11 Dec 2017 - Fri 29 Jun 2018

Exhibition of local people's collections at Colchester Castle

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.

She Rises by Kate Worsley

Beginners Creative Writing course

Wed 25 Apr - Wed 4 Jul 2018

Always fancied writing but don't know where to start? Are you a secret writer but haven't dared show anyone your work? Prize-winning local novelist Kate Worsley is running a new beginners creative writing course at The Red Lion, Manningtree

Beginners Creative Writing (Evening)

Beginners Creative Writing with Kate Worsley

Wed 25 Apr - Wed 4 Jul 2018

Always fancied writing but don't know where to start? Are you a secret writer but haven't dared show anyone your work? In this class we explore what makes fiction work and how you can turn your ideas into reality.

Jaywick Martello Tower

The Cold War 1945-1989

Wed 9 May - Sun 24 Jun 2018

History exhibition about the Cold War.

Merville Battery Display

Essex’s airborne history celebrated

Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018

WW2 exhibition at Colchester Library

Summer Show Invite

...Unfinished Business, CSOA Summer Show

Thu 14 - Thu 21 Jun 2018

Discover the emerging talent from our college and degree courses at the Colchester School of Art.

Scott King, Britlin's Frigg

Scott King: A New Life in Frigg

Sat 16 Jun - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

you Can't Beat A Woman

You Can't Beat A Woman

Mon 18 - Sat 30 Jun 2018

Art Exhibition at The Minories Gallery

Cymbeline

Cymbeline 2018

Tue 19 - Sat 23 Jun 2018

Open Air Shakespeare in St Mary's Churchyard, Wivenhoe

The Killing Habit

Mark Billingham, Martyn Waites & Steve Cavanagh

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Join us for an evening with top crime writers Mark Billingham, Martyn Waites & Steve Cavanagh.

FOCM

Colchester and the 1918 Armistice

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Local History talk at Lion Walk Church

Boxted Airfield

How a WW2 airfield affected a small village

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Public talk at Boxted Airfield museum

Attractions

What is there to see in Colchester?

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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.