What's on in Colchester

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Christmas in Colchester

Chistmas in Colchester

Discover what's on in Colchester this Christmas. Besides the great shopping and seasonal fairs you'll find a whole host of special family events and things to do especially programmed for the holidays. 

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Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Discover our new season of Guided Tours. Running every Saturday at 11am with a qualified Blue or Green Badge guide, plus special theme tours throughout the year. The best way to discover Colchester's history is to walk the streets where the events happened.

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Seafood Platter on Mersea Island, by Visit Essex

Food & Drink Events

From beer festivals to gourmet tasting sessions and much more besides. Colchester is well know for locally produced Tiptree Jam, Mersea Oysters and plenty of other culinary delights. Discover a wide range of mouthwatering food and drink events in the town happening throughout the year. 

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What's On in Colchester Today


Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story

Sat 27 Jul 2019 - Sun 16 Feb 2020

Jewellery exhibition at Colchester Castle

Super Black

Super Black: Arts Council Collection Programme

Fri 11 Oct 2019 - Sun 12 Jan 2020

What does it mean to be black in England today?

Chance and Control

Chance & Control: Art in the Age of Computers

Sat 26 Oct 2019 - Sun 26 Jan 2020

‘Chance and Control’ draws on the V&A’s rich international collection of computer-generated art and includes work by pioneering digital artists such as Frieder Nake and Georg Nees – who produced some of the earliest computer art.


Snapping the Stiletto: Essex Women

Sat 9 Nov 2019 - Sat 18 Jan 2020

Exhibition celebrating Essex Women in Hollytrees Museum

Field for the British Isles

Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

Fri 15 Nov 2019 - Sun 8 Mar 2020

Experience this vast and iconic artwork at Firstsite

Antony Gormely, Field for the British Isles

Antony Gormley | Field for the British Isles

Sat 16 Nov 2019 - Sun 8 Mar 2020

Experience this vast and iconic artwork at Firstsite, celebrating community, individuality and togetherness.

Christmas Parties

Christmas Parties & 80's Christmas Parties

Fri 29 Nov - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Join us here at the JobServe Community Stadium for our Christmas Party Nights and our 80's Christmas Party Nights!

Christmas Party Night

Christmas Party Night

Fri 29 Nov - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Join us for our Christmas Party's at Colchester United Football Stadium. Enjoy a 3 course meal followed by a DJ. Perfect for your work Christmas do or join us with family and friends. i



Sat 30 Nov 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020

Pantomime at The Mercury Theatre

Self led family trail

Winter Self Led Trails

Sun 1 - Tue 31 Dec 2019

Winter themed self led trail around Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve


Nightflix - Drive In Cinema

Tue 3 - Sun 29 Dec 2019

Nightflix is a mobile Outdoor Cinema who bring the excitement of movies alongside a food market with Christmas stalls and entertainment for the whole family.

Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Red Riding-Hood visits her estranged and mysterious Grandmother for the first time in years. Along the way she stumbles upon the wacky Woodlands, and all of its zany inhabitants and the Big Bad Wolf in this panto for grown-ups!



Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Tunswick Women’s Amateur Theatre Society is thrust into the national spotlight when they enter a TV talent show in order to raise funds for their local village hall.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Fri 13 - Sat 14 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

The Magic Of Motown Christmas Party

The Magic Of Motown Christmas Party

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.

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Family on Mersea Beach by Visit Essex

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