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...

Bindweed Jun 18

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…

Chappel Viaduct Art Display Jun 18

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 18

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 18

'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…

Dedham Vale Vineyard: Guided Tasting and Tour Jun 18

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…

Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Colchester Jun 18

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 Jun 18

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 18

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…

Tree Trail Jun 18

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!

Essex Book Festival: Olumide Popoola Jun 19

Set against the vibrant backdrop of London,  Like Water Like Sea  is an immersive novel of self-discovery, resilience, and the unifying power of love. It follows the life of Nia, a queer, bi/pansexual naturopath, as her life unfolds across three pivotal moments…

Family Wellness Walk Jun 19

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.

I, Spie Jun 20

See the imagined story of John Dowland, as he combines his life as a court musician/composer with the Elizabethan espionage underworld. This spell-binding new “concert-play” (where music and theatre collide) by Clare Norburn tells the story of renaissance…

Lee Thomas Pop-Up Shop Jun 20

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…

Boozy Brushes Jun 21

In this class you'll be creating your very own portrait painting of a famous face – in an environment where everyone can express their own artistic flair with confidence, comfort and authenticity and most importantly the freedom to do so unapologetically. Sirena is an…

Eagles By Candlelight Jun 21

Featuring a cast of West End Singers and an incredible live band, ‘Take It Easy’ and join us at the ‘Hotel California’ for an unforgettable evening of Eagles hits as you have never heard them before! This epic show features over 20 Eagles favourites…

Wellness Walk Jun 21

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…

Guided Walking Tour: From Camulodunum to Colchester Jun 22

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…

Marks Tey Market Jun 22

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…

Midsummer In Castle Park Jun 22

Explore glorious Castle Park at midsummer. Discover its history,   it's landscape and the wildlife which calls it home. Booking Details You can book in advance by using our online booking system or calling the Visitor Information Centre on 01206…

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