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.



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This Month's Highlights

Ride London May 24

Ride London

The 2024 Ford RideLondon Classique, part of the UCI Women’s World Tour, will feature three…

Coming Up in Colchester...

Concrete Dreams: Just Can't Get Enough May 21

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 May 21

'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…

Guided Walking Tour: From Camulodunum to Colchester May 21

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 May 21

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…

Thunderbirds and Co : The Joy of Puppetry May 21

Embark on a nostalgic journey through the enchanting world of puppetry with our exhibition,  Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry . Running from 29 March to 30 June, this exhibition is a celebration of the art and legacy of early television puppeteers, including local…

Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate at Firstsite May 21

Noble & Webster have created a remarkable group of anti-monuments in their 24-year career, mixing the strategies of modern sculpture and the attitude of punk to make art from anti-art. Their work derives much of its power from its fusion of opposites, form and anti-form, high…

Family Wellness Walk May 22

For young families, new and expectant parents to come for a light stroll around the park to walk and talk. Little ones very welcome and the route is buggy friendly. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 11am. Booking in advance essential.

Macbeth May 22

Macbeth! Beware Macduff. In this modern-day production, Duncan, his cronies, Macbeth, and his political ambition are transported into the corridors of Westminster. It's not the opposition you need fear, but whoever sits next to you. Shakespeare's Macbeth is timeless…

Frankie: The Concert May 23

Frankie–The Concert celebrates the outstanding career of one of the biggest pop acts in the world, Frankie Valli, recreating the powerful falsetto of the 60’s & 70’s icon with absolute perfection! Experience the energy and stunning vocals of songs such as…

S&B: Stitch & Brews May 23

Meet-ups - Every fourth Thursday ---------------------------- We meet in the basement of Two Brews on Church St, for an informal crafting session on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. There are no themes to these meet-ups, as this is a chance to work on your own…

The History Boys at The Lakeside Theatre May 23

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of intimacy, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused…

Introduction to Collage Workshop May 24

Cutting, ripping, tearing, glueing – collage is a fun and creative outlet that is accessible to everyone of all ages and skill levels. Not only is it an environmentally friendly way to make art, but it is also a great way to clear your mind, focus on the present, unwind and have…

Ride London May 24

The 2024 Ford RideLondon Classique, part of the UCI Women’s World Tour, will feature three unique courses across London and Essex from 24 to 26 May. The courses produce three thrilling days of racing for some of the world’s best riders – not to mention a…

The Comedy Store May 24

With nearly 40 years' experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new comedy talent, and remains the place to see tomorrow's stars today. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod…

Wellness Walk May 24

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…

Disco Dayze @ Trilogy Colchester May 25

Party like you used to & still be home for Saturday night TV! The UK’s ultimate daytime disco comes to Trilogy. Our DJ will be playing all your favourite club classics from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & 00’s. Enjoy our retro cocktails & shots as…

Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones May 25

Explore a mix of art mediums and styles in these all-day comprehensive study workshops with local artist Jevan Watkins Jones! Each all-day session will focus on a different art medium such as Watercolour, Indian Ink, Acrylic, which can be booked as a course or individually…

Love Your Zoo Week May 25

Join us as we celebrate our charity, Colchester Zoological Society and the vital conservation work that we undertake in the UK and worldwide. From meeting members of our Animal Care Team, to learning how to be a ranger on Umphafa, our Nature Reserve in South Africa, there will be…

Marks Tey Market May 25

Looking for something to do in Colchester on a Saturday? Come and spend an hour or two at Marks Tey Market where you will find a wonderful selection of stalls set up both inside and outside of the Parish Hall. The market is FREE entry and there is also a children's playground…

Mersea Island Artists Open Studios May 25

A selection of local Mersea Island artists open up their studios over the bank holiday weekend, specialising in different mediums. 1. Mavina Baker - Printmaker & Artist's Books 1 Grove Avenue, West Mersea, CO5 8AE 10:30am - 4pm 2. Helen Burgess - Silver Jewellery The…

Rollerworld: 80s vs 90s Skate Extravaganza May 25

Rollerworld is back in action, teaming up with Charter Hall  and Colchester Events Company again for a thrilling day and night of skating! After our last fantastic events at Charter Hall and Inspire Ipswich, Rollerworld is back to bring you even more skating fun. Join us for…

Roman Colchester Guided Tour May 25

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica to uncover Colchester's fascinating Roman history. The tour will include a visit to the Roman theatre, and will end at the Roman Circus Booking Details You can book in advance by using our online…