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

Kentwell Hall's Gardens & Snowdrops

Kentwell Hall's Gardens & Grounds Spring Awakening

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Mar 2018

Explore the beginnings of Spring at Kentwell Hall

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Doc Houlind's Revival Band

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall


Jazz, Funk, Soul with Bassistry

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Jazz Funk at Colchester Arts Centre

Boot Sale

Ardleigh Car Boot Sale

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Boot Sale at Ardleigh Showground - every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

Colne Lightship

Cars on the Colne

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Classic Car show and lightship open morning

Coggeshall village hall

Coggeshall Vintage, Antiques and Collectors Fair

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Browse through history with a huge variety of Antiques, collectables, Vintage & Retro items there's something for everyone ! Great local food served from breakfast to tea & cake available all day

Comic Hero Run 2018

Comic Hero Run 2018 **POSTPONED UNTIL 8th APRIL**

Sun 18 Mar 2018

**POSTPONED UNTIL 8th APRIL***Calling all super heroes! Our Comic Hero Run will be returning for the second year on Saturday 18th March 2018.


Tiddlers2Wigglers postponed sale

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Tiddlers2Wigglers pre-loved baby clothing, toys and equipment sale

Sacconi String Quartet & Michael Collins, clarinet

Sacconi String Quartet & Michael Collins, clarinet

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Classical Music at St Mary the Virgin Church, East Bergholt


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.