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

Mersea Week Aug 18

Mersea Week

Join us for the 50th anniversary of Mersea Week, with the island hosting the RORC IRC East Coast…

Coming Up in Colchester...

Afternoon Tea on Thames Sailing Barge: 'Bread & Roses' Jul 24

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…

Arty Animals Jul 24

Get arty and enter our drawing competition! All your need to do is sketch us your favourite museum animal and tell us why its the best! With great prizes to win, we can't wait to see your arty animal creations. 1st prize is a family pass to Colchester Castle, while 2nd and…

Chappel Viaduct Art Display Jul 24

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 24

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…

Gaia at Colchester Castle Jul 24

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…

Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Colchester Jul 24

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 24

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…

Summer of Adventure Jul 24

Visit the Kingdom of Wyvernwood over the Summer Holidays for magical interactions, captivating shows and adventurous activities with all your favourite characters including: the Captain, Princess Arabella, Sprocket, Queen Tatiana, Serena and Shadow the Unicorns, Merlin, Gurt and…

The Empty Stage Jul 24

Rising star Carina Harris was murdered during an unscheduled rehearsal for an upcoming play. Now it's up to the director of the show to determine which of his temperamental cast members is dramatic enough to be a killer! (May not be suitable for young children.)

La Voix – The Red Ambition Tour Jul 25

Direct from the West End come and see the UK’s best drag queen. Britain’s Funniest Red Head is swinging into town with her most ambitious show yet! ‘When I grow up I want to be La Voix’ – Dawn French This brand-new show promises an evening like…

Lee Thomas Pop-Up Shop Jul 25

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…

S&B: Stitch & Brews Jul 25

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…

Beryl & Clive (Their Musical) Jul 27

It's sing or die with Beryl & Clive, a wildly funny comedy following this fabulously unconventional couple who break all the rules to fulfil their creative dreams. Believing in yourself is the heart of this story, with laughter and chaos running the show and creative…

Dream & Memory: Poetry Readings By Imogen Wade Jul 27

Join us for an evening of poetry with Imogen Wade, the winner of the National Poetry Competition. Imogen will be exploring themes such as dreams, memory and desire, and as well as reading her work she will offer insight into the process of writing. She hopes to show that poetry…

Eco Festival Jul 27

This year's Eco Festival at Culver Square promises a fun-filled day packed with activities designed to inspire everyone to embrace a greener lifestyle.

Guided Walking Tour: From Camulodunum to Colchester Jul 27

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…

Leafy Lexden Guided Tour Jul 27

Once it was the Lexden Hundred, but now is it a  suburb or a village? Join your guide to explore this unique part of Colchester.   Booking Details Pre-booking for this tour is essential, as payment cannot be taken at the start of the tour Book via our online…

Marks Tey Market Jul 27

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…

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