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

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Sat 10 Nov 2018 - Sun 12 May 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

House in the garden

Garden Open

Thu 10 Jan - Sat 30 Nov 2019

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

susan pui san lok | A Coven A Grove A Stand

susan pui san lok | A Coven A Grove A Stand

Sat 9 Feb - Sun 21 Apr 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite rediscovering the persecution of witches.

Introduction to Design

Introduction to Garden Design 6 week course

Mon 11 Feb - Mon 25 Mar 2019

The 6 Week Garden Design Course is a great way to achieve a beautifully designed and landscaped garden without having to hire a professional.

Selfies (2018)

flyingleaps: Art on the streets II

Tue 12 Feb - Sun 24 Mar 2019

Following the success of the initial presentation in 2018, Firstsite present a second collaboration with 'flyingleaps', an organisation that commissions artists to create posters in response to contemporary politics, events and ideas.

Aggregate Flows

Aggregate Flows

Fri 22 Feb - Sat 23 Mar 2019

Aggregate Flows showcases a new body of work by Peruvian artist Alejandro Jaime that responds to the geology and extractive industries located around the River Colne, which runs alongside the University of Essex’s Colchester campus.

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival

Fri 1 - Sun 31 Mar 2019

The county-wide book festival returns for its 20th year

Pier to Pier 2019

Pier to Pier

Wed 6 Mar - Sun 7 Apr 2019

Charity walk

Lost In Wonderland/Tales from the Greenwood

“Lost In Wonderland/Tales from the Greenwood”

Sat 9 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

An Alice in Wonderland themed Art Exhibition at The Minories Galleries

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.

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Headgate Theatre

The Pajama Game

Wed 20 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

Book by George Abbot and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler Performed by Platform Musicals

Curry & Quiz Evening

Mayor's Charities Curry & Quiz

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Join us for a Curry & Quiz Night, in aid of the Mayor of Colchester’s Charities.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Directed By Danie McIntyre and Hannah Young.

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Come and enjoy singing from local Roy Orbison tribute Dave Collison, who will perform all the best-known hits from the Big O, plus classic songs from the sixties. The show takes place at Piatto Cafe, 17-19 Priory Walk, Colchester, CO1 1LG.

Dave Collison's Thursday Night Live!

Dave Collison's Thursday Night Live!

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Local Roy Orbison Tribute artist Dave Collison will perform classic songs by The Big O plus popular hits from the 60s/70s at Piatto Cafe, 17-19 Priory Walk, Colchester CO1 1LG. Tickets from

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Thu 21 Mar 2019

'Rockgrass' performance at Colchester Arts Centre


Paint Brush 'n Bubbles @West Street Vineyard

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Paint Brush 'n Bubbles is a fun, relaxed, creative evening of painting with acrylics, on canvas, with a glass of bubbly, whilst listening to low-level atmospheric music.


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
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