Free Events

As well as Colchester's fantastic free attractions, you'll find an impressive selection of free events happening in and around the city all year long. Firstsite Art Gallery always has an exhibition on that's bound to impress, and during the summer months Castle Park is home to pop up bandstand concerts, and a number of festivals with free admission in the lower park. Later in the year, firm favourites like Heritage Open Day and Invasion Colchester provide fantastic entertainment at absolutely no cost. Find our picks in the listings below!

16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show Jun 29

Join us on Saturday 29 June for the 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show on Abbey Field, Colchester. The FREE event showcases the Brigade's capabilities as the British Army's global response force to mark Armed Forces Day, the nation's chance to show…

Arty Animals Jul 23

Get arty and enter our drawing competition! All your need to do is sketch us your favourite museum animal and tell us why its the best! With great prizes to win, we can't wait to see your arty animal creations. 1st prize is a family pass to Colchester Castle, while 2nd and…

Soapbox Rally Sep 15

This September Colchester's soapbox rally returns! After an amazing event in 2023 Colchester's soapbox rally returns for another incredible day of wacky racing in September 2024. Enter a handmade kart and go head to head in time trials with the other contestants to…

Free Family Fun Festival Sep 21

The Free Family Fun Festival returns to Colchester's Castle Park on 21st September from 11:00-16:00. Save the date and discover lots of brilliant free things to do for all the family including bouncy castles, face painting, games and activities.