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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Great Odds

Great Odds

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Children's Theatre at the Mercury

Fright Nights at Colchester Zoo

Fright Night

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Late Night Half-Term Halloween Fun at Colchester Zoo

Abberton Reservoir Visitors Centre by Mark Draper

Appletastic Adventurers

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Wildlife activity at Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir Visitors Centre by Mark Draper

Autumn Fun

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Wildlife activity at Abberton Reservoir

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Oct 2017

Dinosaur Adventure at the Mercury

Halloween EAR

Half Term Halloween

Mon 23 - Fri 27 Oct 2017

Half Term fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Horror Green Screen

Horror Film Camp, 14+

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Oct 2017

Two days of fiendish filmmaking fun. Work in crews to make a short film, with the chance to use makeup and special effects.

Halloween Kids

Spooky Orienteering

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Wild fun at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve

Abberton Reservoir visitors centre by Mark Draper

Brambly Hedge Autumn Story Session

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Wildlife activity at Abberton Reservoir

Fright Nights at Colchester Zoo

Fright Night

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Late Night Half-Term Halloween Fun at Colchester Zoo

Halloween Cakes

Halloween Pumpkin Party

Tue 24 - Thu 26 Oct 2017

Pumpkin Party at Layer Marney Tower

Prehistoric Colchester

Prehistoric Colchester

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Family activity day at Colchester Castle Museum

Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin Carving

Wed 25 Oct 2017

Wild fun at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve

Abberton Reservoir Visitors Centre, by Mark Draper

Wizardy Walk

Wed 25 Oct 2017

Wildlife activity at Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir Visitors Centre by Mark Draper

Autumn Bug Hunt

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Wildlife activity at Abberton Reservoir

Fright Nights at Colchester Zoo

Fright Night

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Late Night Half-Term Halloween Fun at Colchester Zoo

Lanterns

Halloween Lanterns

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Family Activities at Hollytrees Museum

Pumpkins waiting to be carved!

Halloween Sleepover

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Come and spend the night in the Tudor Long Gallery of Layer Marney Tower if you dare....a family event (no unaccompanied children)

Castle at Night

Museums at Night

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Late Night Opening at Colchester Castle Museum

Abberton Reservoir visitors centre by Mark Draper

Pond Dipping Afternoon

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Wildlife activity at Abberton Reservoir

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