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

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.

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.

Alfred Munnings

Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist 1918

Sat 23 Mar - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition of Alfred Munnings' War Paintings

Georgie Roy

7 Galleries - Georgie Roy

Sat 6 Apr - Mon 6 May 2019

Art Exhibition at The Minories Galleries

Kentwell Hall Historic Tudor House & Gardens

Tudor House, Gardens & Farm

Sat 6 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

This is a wonderful time of year to visit Kentwell Hall, an historic Tudor house that is completely moated and has over 30 acres of gardens and grounds.


4 for 3 all Easter!

Mon 8 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Mon 8 - Mon 22 Apr 2019

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Trail

Humpty Dumpty's Easter Trail

Fri 12 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

Easter Trail around Colchester Town Centre. With prizes!

Bottle Feeding

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Sun 14 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

Bottle feed the lambs at Layer Marney Tower



Mon 15 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

Join us for 4 days of fun! Learn singing and drama skills in a safe, supportive environment.

Easter Crafts

Easter Crafts @ Hollytrees Museum

Tue 16 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

Children's craft activity in Hollytrees Museum

Sir Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen on Stage

Wed 17 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

Sir Ian McKellen at the Mercury Theatre

Family Fun Day

Mayor's Charities Family Fun Day

Thu 18 Apr 2019

Family Fun on behalf of the Mayor's Charities

Chiqutita LIVE

Chiquatita LIVE at Stock Street Farm Barn

Thu 18 Apr 2019

Kick start your long Bank Holiday weekend with us and Chiquitita! You know and love the music You'll love the Chiquitita harmonies, moves and costume changes Doors open and fun starts at 7pm!


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.