What's on in Colchester

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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

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Fri 13 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

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

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

Frank Iero

Frank Iero & The Patience

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Rock Music at Colchester Arts Centre

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!

Stephanie Stow

Stephanie Stow

Fri 29 Sep - Wed 22 Nov 2017

Art Exhibition at the Minories Gallery

Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Touching and Funny Family Drama at the Mercury Theatre

We You

We: You, Me

Sat 14 Oct - Sun 19 Nov 2017

Art exhibition at Firstsite

“Altered Environments” (2017) Charlie Bryan

We: You, Me - Emerging curators explore identity

Mon 16 Oct - Sun 19 Nov 2017

This autumn Firstsite has invited three emerging curators based in the east of England to explore contemporary identity through their own areas of research.


Wet Walnut Shop

Tue 10 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Stock up on this local delicacy - only available in October!


African Drumming

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Drumming sessions at the University of Essex


H2 Dance: Srangers & Others

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Interactive Performance Art at Colchester Arts Centre

Tree Walk

New Geographies: MY TREE MILE

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Psychogeographic Tree Walk on the University Campus

(c) University of Essex

Film Screening: Defense Counsel Sedov

Thu 19 Oct 2017

A screening of Russia’s only Bafta award winning film, Defence of Counsel Sedov.


Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Drama at the Lakeside Theatre

L Clarke

Laurence Clarke: Independence

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre.


Beer and Pie festival

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Beer and Pie at the Live & Let Live

Comedy Store

Daliso Chaponda, Jo Caulfield, Hal Cruttenden

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Charter Hall

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