Colchester shopping

Colchester town centre offers a fantastic shopping experience, with specialist independent shops sitting alongside big names and department stores. You can browse through the historic lanes of the town as well as enjoying the latest high street trends in its contemporary shopping arcades.

Whilst shopping, you can effortlessly explore Colchester's unique history intertwined throughout the town centre, you will pass within minutes of the town's main attractions, and find yourself spoilt for choice with the range of places to eat.

You will discover regular market days held in and out of town, including the Colchester Market held weekly on Fridays & Saturdays on the High Street.

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Markets and Fairs

Colchester Market

Visit Colchester on the right day and you'll be able to enjoy one of many markets and fairs that regularly occur in the town.

Food and Drink

Colchester's main market takes place every Friday and Saturday along the High Street with a wide range of stalls, including a fantastic selection of food stalls where you can purchase a quick snack or unusual and speciality foods that are generally locally-produced.

Similarly, once a month you can visit the Farmers Market, located in Colchester Art Centre hosting a wide range of local producers selling their wares. The nearby towns of Wivenhoe and Sudbury also host regular Farmers Markets.

Colchester Market

Vintage and Craft

You'll find a wide range of indoor craft and vintage markets regularly popping up at venues across Colchester. Keep an eye on our event listings for events such as the monthly Bazaar in Firstsite, or regular fairs hosted by Made In Colchester, Secret Vintage World, and various other organisations in town.


As the seasons change so do the markets on offer, and there is always guaranteed to be several excellent Christmas Markets as December approaches. October usually sees the excellent NSPCC Book Fair taking place, and in the summer months you can often find several fairs taking place in the grounds of Castle Park, including Colchester Food & Drink Festival.

Combined with some excellent independent shops and a strong presence from the big High Street stores, you will discover that Colchester offers one of the most enjoyable shopping experiences in the whole region.

Markets and Fairs coming up...

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Jun 2018

01206 282920


Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jun 2018

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Record Fair

Sat 30 Jun 2018

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Getting here


We recommend you use the Park & Ride service departing every 15 minutes from North Colchester, however there are also several car parks located conveniently in the town.

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Public Transport

Access the shops located in the town centre by catching a bus. All local routes from surrounding areas will stop in the town centre. 

If travelling from further afield, catch a train. Colchester Town Station is located in the heart of the town centre.

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Take the bus into Colchester Town Centre to avoid car park charges and congestion.