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

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

Merville Battery Display

Essex’s airborne history celebrated

Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018

WW2 exhibition at Colchester Library

Colchester In The First World War

Colchester In The First World War

Mon 2 Jul 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Exhibition commemorating WWI in Colchester Castle

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Green Island Gardens

Thu 26 Jul - Fri 30 Nov 2018

Green Island Gardens are private gardens, open for the public to visit in Ardleigh near Colchester, Essex. 20 acres of woodland and gardens with nursery and tearooms

Bishops Bridge, John Maddison

John Maddison

Sat 1 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

John Maddison art exhibition at Chappel Galleries

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Garden

Thu 6 Sep - Fri 12 Oct 2018

Feeringbury Manor Colchester There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and river Blackwater

Art 4 U

ART4U Presents ANTIFRIEZE #1

Sat 8 - Sat 29 Sep 2018

New Art exhibition hosted at The Minories Gallery

Curious About Colchester?

Curious About Colchester

Mon 10 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Explore, Discover & Enjoy Colchester with Curious About Colchester

Shout! The Mod Musical

Shout! The Mod Musical

Wed 19 Sep - Mon 22 Oct 2018

Musical at the Headgate Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Wed 19 Sep 2018

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

In Love & War

In Love and War: Searching for Reconciliation

Wed 19 Sep 2018

The Roman River Festival continues with a talk at Tymperleys

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.