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

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.

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

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 2018

Tue 19 - Sat 23 Jun 2018

Open Air Shakespeare in St Mary's Churchyard, Wivenhoe

Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Thu 21 - Sat 23 Jun 2018

Colchester Operatic Society's Summer Concert

Colchester Foood & Drink Festival

Colchester Food & Drink Festival

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

Food and Drink Festival in Castle Park

Layer de la Haye Open Gardens

Layer de la Haye Open Gardens

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

Open Gardens weekend in Layer de la Haye

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Superhero Treasure Hunt

Superhero Treasure Hunt

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Scour Colchester town centre shops for the 12 hidden superhero masks for your chance of winning a host of superhero goodies, including two FREE tickets to Kapow, the extreme inflatable obstacle course coming September 2 to Castle Park.

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Writing Shadows

Creative Writing and Art Workshop

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Creative Writing and Art Writing Shadows Day with Juliet Lockhart Saturday 23rd June 2018

Open Gardens

Flower Festival

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

Mount Bures Flower festival

High Woods Country Park Wild Walk

Highwoods Country Park Wild Walk

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Join Colchester Natural History Society looking at plants, birds,insects and anyother wildlife on this pleasant walk through the park. Bring a packed lunch

Do you feel like your voice is heard?


Sat 23 Jun 2018

Join Firstsite for a unique symposium about identity and individual voice. Through a combination of talks, performances and screenings this event invites discussion about the importance of female autonomy, activism and equality.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 23 Jun 2018

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


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.