Sport & Leisure

Colchester is home to a wide-range of outdoor and indoor activities to suit all ages and tastes. Whether you’re looking to relax, or burn off some energy, get competitive, or simply have some fun, Colchester has it all covered.

From standard sports facilities and swimming pools, to just-for-fun trampoline parks and open-air skate parks, Colchester offers a wide selection of sports activities for all ages and abilities that can be enjoyed by yourself or in a large group. You'll often find sports events at Charter Hall, such as the Rollerworld foundation days.

Also, be sure to check out upcoming Sports activities, with regular running events taking place around the city (including a popular half-marathon once a year), sailing on Mersea Island, walking, cycling, football and much more.

Having Fun in Colchester

When it comes to fun, Colchester has everything you’d expect as well as several things you wouldn’t.

For traditional sports and swimming take a trip to Leisure World, just a short walk from the main city centre. You will also discover several golf courses close by, including  Putt in the Park which is perfect for families with children. For slightly more unusual activities you could try the 18- hole Frisbee Golf course at the University of Essex, or on a similar theme, the FootGolf course at Waldegraves on Mersea Island.

Colchester Sports Park offers indoor and outdoor  sports and leisure activities including a 1 mile cycle track and BMX pump track.

If the weather’s bad and you want to burn off some energy indoors, there's plenty of options too. From the familiar Ten-Pin bowling to new, unfamiliar adventures, fun is never far. To really work up a sweat, you can bounce off some energy at  Air Hop Trampolining Park, or for those that want a real challenge you can tackle the assault course at Ultimate Ninja UK, go Paintballing or try your hand at Bouldering.

If this is all too energetic, why not grab a ticket to see the famous U's play at the JobServe Community Stadium. Currently playing in League 2, watching Colchester United play is sure to be a great day out.