Things to do in Colchester with Kids

Colchester is packed full of child-friendly venues, and has a fantastic selection of childrens' events running throughout the year. From pre-schoolers to teenagers there's always something to keep the children entertained (and plenty that adults can secretly enjoy as well).

Read on to discover Family events in Colchester, some great child friendly venues, and plenty of things to do with children in Colchester.

A Family Day Out in Colchester

Great For Kids Events

Join in with the fun with children’s events in Colchester. There are regular arts & craft events, film screenings, museum activities and wildlife workshops, as well as exciting festivals and shows happening during half term and school holidays.

If you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch with us at the Visitor Information Centre as there are many community activity groups in Colchester hosting regular sessions, especially for children and young people that we can help put you in touch with. 

Be sure to check out our What's On page for special events listings focussing on the school holidays, and follow us on Twitter for regular and up-to-date information.

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Castle Snow

Free Christmas Open Evening

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Colchester Castle opens it's doors for free as a seasonal treat.

Christmas Lights

Late Night Shopping

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Colchester Town Centre

MS-UK Carol Concert

MS-UK Carol Concert

Thu 14 Dec 2017

Carol Concert at St Botolph's Church with music from The Sound Collective choir and Colchester Brass Band

Kentwell Hall's Dickensian Christmas

Kentwell Hall's Dickensian Christmas

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Enjoy a traditional Christmas at Kentwell Hall

Christmas at Coggeshall 2016

A Christmas Concert

Sat 16 Dec 2017

West Bergholt Concert Band presents a Christmas concert in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association. Join us for a festive evening with Mulled Wine and Mince pies in the interval.

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Christmas craft and shopping event on Mersea Island

Christmas Zoo

Christmas Starlight Night

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Late Night Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Sat 16 Dec 2017

This Christmas, Darth Vader has felt your presents. At Ace Comics

Day Out With Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Castle Snow

Meet Santa At His Colchester Castle Grotto!

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Meet Santa in his Grotto!

Illumiloonies

The Winter Gathering

Sat 16 Dec 2017

A day of activities at Firstsite

Winter Wonderland at Abberton Reservoir

Winter Wonderland

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Winter Wonderland with Santa

Winter Wonderland at Abberton Reservoir

Winter Wonderland

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Winter Wonderland with Santa

Christmas Lights

Late Night Shopping

Wed 20 Dec 2017

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Colchester Town Centre

Castle Snow

Meet Santa At His Colchester Castle Grotto!

Thu 21 - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Meet Santa in his Grotto!

Winter Wonderland at Abberton Reservoir

Winter Wonderland

Fri 22 Dec 2017

Winter Wonderland with Santa

Christmas Zoo

Christmas Starlight Night

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Late Night Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Port Vale

Sat 23 Dec 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Day Out With Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Mega Xmas

Mega Family Christmas Party

Sat 23 Dec 2017

Mega Christmas Party at Charter Hall

Our Child-Friendly picks.

Colchester Museums

Hollytrees Educational Visit
Take your pick from Colchester Natural History Museum, Hollytrees Museum or Colchester Castle Museum - all are fun places to visit at any time of the year.

You'll discover plenty of hands-on activities from the cases of toys in Hollytrees to the opportunity to ride a Roman Chariot in Colchester Castle. Be sure to check for any special events that are happening too.

Colchester Zoo

Leopard at Colchester Zoo. Photo: Scott Davey
As if a day wandering around the expansive zoo grounds wasn't enough, Colchester Zoo offers a world of fantastic experiences. Touch an elephant, feed a giraffe, or stroke a snake. Take a seat for wildlife shows as some of the zoo's residents get their daily exercise, and enjoy the interactive displays.

If you need a break from the animals the zoo also offers a fantastic outdoor adventure playground, and indoor soft play area.

Colchester United

Colchester United
Colchester United were the English Football League's family club of the year in 2015, and continue to offer great value and memorable experience for all ages.

Children under 11 are able to attend games for free, and sit in the family-friendly East Stand. The club are also happy to welcome first-timers with messages in the programme and on the big screen, as well as offering packages for Birthdays and opportunities to be a club mascot.


Colchester Outdoors and Wildlife

Exploring Colchester can be a real adventure for all the family. Stretch your legs and mind whilst discovering the area's history, heritage and wildlife.

Discover nature reserves, woodland, playgrounds, parks, gardens and sandy beaches. Embark on one of our recommended walks, or explore for yourself.

At weekends and school holidays you can find great activities for the children, or just let them run wild. Having great fun doesn't have to cost the earth.

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Family Attractions in Colchester

For families with energy to burn, make sure you discover our fantastic indoor and outdoor activity centres!

Splash around in Leisure World, skate around Rollerworld's massive rollerskating rink, bounce around Jump Street, and much more!

Colchester Borough Council has a list of playgrounds around the town for all ages.

 

Great Family Attractions