What’s On

There's always something happening in Colchester, from vibrant community events to large-scale festivals and concerts, you're bound to discover something to keep you entertained on a trip to Colchester.

Catch a showwatch a band, browse the stalls at a market, or take in an exhibition: Check out our event listings to discover what's happening during your trip to Colchester. From hidden gems to large scale events that are impossible to avoid, you'll want to know exactly what's going on during your visit.

 

This Month's Highlights

Coming Up in Colchester...

21 Gun Royal Salute Jun 15

Castle Park will host a 21 Royal Gun Salute to mark His Majesty The King's Official birthday.  Spectators can watch from the hill. Colchester is one of only 13 Royal Saluting Stations in the United Kingdom, chosen by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in…

Beyond the Barricade Jun 15

Beyond the Barricade, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2024. Join the cast for two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, featuring the songs that have made audiences return over and over again for 25…

Bindweed Jun 15

The world premiere of an award-winning black comedy. “Thursdays, curry night. Curry and a pint for a fiver. Go at five thirty, home by ten. Beat my mum up for a while. Bed by ten thirty.” Four men convicted of domestic abuse offences meet each week to undergo a…

British Army Band Colchester Jun 15

The British Army Band Colchester will be performing on the Castle Park Bandstand to mark His Majesty The King's Official Birthday. Come along and enjoy the amazing sounds of the Band. The performance will be followed by a 21 Gun Royal Salute in the Lower Castle Park at 12pm.

Chappel Viaduct Art Display Jun 15

Władysław Mirecki - Chappel Viaduct Art Display This display will take place throughout the summer during Museum opening hours from Saturday 15th June to Sunday 18th August 2024. We hold regular event days throughout the year, see What's On for details. Come along and see the…

Concrete Dreams: Just Can't Get Enough Jun 15

Immerse yourself in the experiences of those who moved to post-WWII 'New Towns' and the communities affected by these developments, through paintings, photography, videos, visual poetry and drawings. Presented 75 years after Basildon in Essex was designated a New Town…

David Lock: In-between Us Jun 15

'In-between Us' seeks to examine identity and masculinities, challenging social constructs and stereotypes through art by weaving connections between the past and present. Join us to investigate how ideas of masculinities have changed across centuries, reflect on the…

Family Forestry Demo Days Jun 15

Our amazing team of skilled arborists and horticulturalists will be on hand to answer all your questions and to carry out some live demonstrations. There will be photo opportunities and extras will be added in the weeks leading up so much sure you check back. The perfect day out…

Guided Walking Tour: From Camulodunum to Colchester Jun 15

Take a guided walking tour around Colchester to discover its history and heritage with an expert guide. Colchester was Britain's first city, and is now it's newest after regaining city status in 2022. With a story stretching back over 2000 years, join one of our official…

Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Colchester Jun 15

A Colchester hot air balloon ride is a truly memorable experience. Your ballooning adventure will start from the Ardleigh Showground where you'll have the opportunity to help prepare the balloon for flight, by helping to inflate the balloon, before taking to the skies…

Lee Thomas Pop-Up Shop Jun 15

An exclusive event featuring Colchester artist Lee Thomas. Lee will be showcasing his work, engaging with visitors, and offering pieces for purchase. Lee Thomas draws inspiration from the natural world, reflecting his deep appreciation for nature in his art. His work has gained…

Lunar Lullabies Jun 15

Join Colchester’s own Jane Taylor on a celestial adventure, inspired by her timeless poem, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Embark on a cosmic odyssey as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Essex writer’s passing and trace the fascinating legacy…

Packing Shed Theatre Presents: 'Macbeth' Jun 15

Something 'wicked' this way comes with this intriguing and visually stunning production of Macbeth, a gripping tale of greed, murder and the supernatural performed by Castle Park Theatre. Castle Park Theatre returns with the Bard’s ultimate power couple. A gripping…

The Garden Studio - National Garden Scheme Jun 15

This beautiful south facing town garden has evolved over the years from family garden to studio garden. A backdrop of large trees in the neighbouring gardens frames the view, beech hedges and clipped yew makes the garden feel more extensive than it is. A stunning artists studio…

The Siege of Colchester Guided Tour Jun 15

Return to  the year 1648 and the English Civil War,  to a Colchester under siege from General Fairfax and the Parliamentarian Army. Your guide will bring the sights and sounds of this dramatic period to life, while exploring how the siege has left its mark on buildings…

Tree Trail Jun 15

You asked, we listened… the googly eyes are back! Head out into the Arboretum on your fact finding quest. Discover some of the trees which call Markshall home. Keep an eye out for the 14 trees in your booklet, they may be watching you!

Father's Day Steam & Supercar Show Jun 16

Father's Day Steam Unlimited Steam Train Rides Come along this Father's Day for Steam Train Rides, where one of our full sized steam engines will be operating, hauling the vintage Freight Train. Also in operation will be the Miniature Railway. You can also have a go if…

Pipes in the Park Jun 16

Scotland comes to Colchester with pipe bands and highland dancers performing throughout the day in Lower Castle Park. There are also craft stalls, fairground rides for the youngsters, food and drink outlets.

Radio GAGA – QUEEN Tribute Jun 16

The Ultimate Queen Tribute. Have your finest hour, or two! As we bring you Radio GAGA. Be part of a night like no other as we bring you the concert you've been dreaming of! The ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen. Break…

Wellness Walk Jun 16

Led by fully trained volunteer walk leaders, our free walks are an ideal way to improve fitness or mobility in a sociable atmosphere. All walks take place at High Woods Country Park, those taking part need to meet at the visitor centre at 10.45am - the walk will start at…

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