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 while on a trip to Colchester.

You could catch a showwatch a band, browse the stalls at a market, or take in an exhibition at one of our wonderful galleries! Check out our event listings to discover what's happening during your trip to Colchester. From hidden gems to large scale events that you don't want to miss, this handy tool will show you everything coming up in the city.

This Month's Highlights

Coming Up in Colchester...

Chappel Viaduct Art Display Jul 16

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 Jul 16

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…

Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Colchester Jul 16

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…

Lunar Lullabies Jul 16

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…

The Mousetrap - 70th Anniversary Tour Jul 16

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP is the world’s longest-running play. This thrilling West End production is THE genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time… case closed! As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven…

Tree Trail Jul 16

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!

Mercury Theatre Tours Jul 17

The Mercury has seen many famous faces perform on its stages since the theatre opened in 1972. Let us take you behind the scenes to explore the backstage secrets of what makes a spectacular Mercury production. Your guide will take you on a journey through our amazing spaces…

Lee Thomas Pop-Up Shop Jul 18

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…

Gaia at Colchester Castle Jul 19

This summer, Colchester Castle is thrilled to welcome Gaia, a captivating six-metre diameter touring artwork that brings the Earth’s beauty to an unprecedented scale. Developed in collaboration with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot, and the UK…

Legend – The Music of Bob Marley Jul 19

Reggae for the World When you think reggae, there is only one name that comes to mind. The legend that was Bob Marley. Legend – the Music of Bob Marley is an unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show extravaganza. Combining his superb…

The Johnny Cash Roadshow: Sin & Redemption Tour Jul 19

‘Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was’-Caitlin Crowell, Granddaughter of Johnny Cash . Johnny Cash Roadshow is back with an all-new production of their much-loved show. Set in Folsom Prison, award-winning Clive John pays homage to Cash in his warming unique…

Colourscape Jul 20

We present a Tribute Day to the Colourscape artist Peter Jones who died last year. For the first time since 2005 we are presenting the last Colourscape that Peter Jones made with his wife, fellow artist Lynne Dickens. Mirror Islands is a most beautiful journey of intense colour…

Dedham Vale Vineyard: Guided Tasting and Tour Jul 20

Walk the vines as your guide leads you through a year in the vineyard. Learn about the history of English wine, the different varieties we have at Dedham Vale Vineyard, and understand the workings of a winery and the wine production process for the different types of wine…

Guided Walking Tour: From Camulodunum to Colchester Jul 20

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…

Life Drawing with Justine Moss – All levels Jul 20

Artist Justine Moss will offer guidance and advice to help you to learn skills in mark-making, portraying movement and capturing expression. Suitable for all abilities. Basic materials provided. For ages 18+. What is life drawing? During a life drawing session, there will be a…

Secret Island Festival Jul 20

Secret Island Festival is back for 2024 and we can’t wait to welcome our Phase One line up to the island, including Drum and Bass heavyweights, Hype and Hazard and the newly awarded ‘Best Female DnB Producer 2023′, Kara. Joining them will be Semi Delicious label…

Tree Treasure Trail Jul 20

Join us for a Treasure Trail around Wivenhoe Park! Artist Elaine Tribley has created a new map of Wivenhoe Park, that leads us on a journey of discovery, taking in the parkland's most beautiful trees. With challenges to overcome on the way, it's a wonderful way to explore…

Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss Jul 20

A monthly meet up for watercolour painters and enthusiasts – open for all levels. Dive into the materials, techniques and colour theory to develop your work. Each week a different subject will be provided; explore simple ways to capture hand gestures, create your own fantastic…

Nature Drawing Workshop with Lisa Temple-Cox Jul 21

In these sessions you will draw natural history specimens and plants from life – with a chance to experiment with a range of drawing mediums including fine line pen, watercolour, pencils and pastel across the course. These sessions can be taken as a course or as separate…

Afternoon Tea on Thames Sailing Barge: 'Bread & Roses' Jul 22

Brightlingsea Harbour & St Osyth Boatyard have worked together to plan a trip we are confident you will enjoy! Be the first to enjoy this brand new trip. Departing from Brightlingsea, you will head up the creek towards St Osyth. Passing Brightlingsea Harbour moorings whilst…

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