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October Half Term

There's plenty to see and do this October Half Term in Colchester. Whether you're after art and craft, outdoor events, sports, or the ever-so-slightly spooky Colchester has plenty of things to do this half-term


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Halloween in Colchester

Halloween in Colchester

From the mildly spooky to the outright terrifying, however much you fancy being scared this Halloween, Colchester can provide an activity for you.

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Colchester Fireworks

Colchester Castle Park Fireworks

Join in the fun at Colchester's spectacular 47th fireworks display, hosted by King Coel's Kittens. There will be fun and games with Michael J Fitch, before the nights sky is spectacularly lit up.

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Forthcoming Highlights

After Life Poppy

After Life

Sat 6 May - Sun 19 Nov 2017

This exhibition in Hollytrees Museum looks at death and the period following it


Beer and Pie festival

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Beer and Pie at the Live & Let Live

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Fri 13 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Colchester's Annual Comedy Festival returns for the 5th year.

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Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

A weekend of wellbeing, at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Stamp & Postcard Fair

Colchester Philatelic Soc Stamp & Postcard Fair

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Colchester & District Philatelic Society Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair

Scream Park

Doomsday – Fear The Past

Fri 20 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Halloween Scream-park in the Castle Bailey

Emily Mulenga, 4 Survival 4 Pleasure (still image)

Emily Mulenga: Taking Up Space

Sat 30 Sep - Sun 5 Nov 2017

Exhibition by Emily Mulenga at Firstsite

Emoji Pong

Emoji Pong

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Half Term fun at Firstsite

Honey Bee

Essex Beekeepers annual conference

Sat 21 Oct 2017

‘Future Challenges and Opportunities’ Our theme reflects the challenging times for beekeepers, and our speakers will discuss various aspects of these challenges.

Fright Nights at Colchester Zoo

Fright Night

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Late Night Half-Term Halloween Fun at Colchester Zoo

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre



Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Free Halloween Festival in Castle Park

Great Odds

Great Odds

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Children's Theatre at the Mercury


Half Term Halloween Hunt

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Treasure Hunt at Marks Hall Gardens

Three Wise Monkeys

Jim Reynolds' EP Launch Night

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Kentwell School of Sorcery

Kentwell School of Sorcery - Quest for Firestones

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Join in the Quest for The Fire Stones!

Munnings & The River

Munnings and the River

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Art Exhibition by Sir Alfred Munnings at the Munnings Museum, Dedham

Scaresville: The Haunted Village


Wed 4 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017

Scaresville is a haunted village which mysteriously appears in the grounds of Kentwell Hall in Suffolk every autumn.

Scaresville - The Haunted Village

Scaresville 2017

Wed 4 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Scaresville East Anglia’s award winning ‘Scare’ attraction is back for its 11th year and features many new adrenaline busting, tension building and mind blowing sensory frights!

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