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

One Man Two Guvnors

One Man Two Guvnors

Wed 13 - Sat 16 Nov 2019

Set in 1960s Brighton, this is an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's classic 18th Century Italian comedy 'The Servant of Two Masters’.

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

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Fri 15 - Sat 16 Nov 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

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.



Sat 16 Nov 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Colchester's parkrun takes place in the town's iconic Castle Park.

Wivenhoe Market

Wivenhoe Market

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Village Market in Wivenhoe

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Craft stalls from local designers and maker

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Christmas Market in aid of village hall funds. Venue: Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons Hill, Great Bromley, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7JA

Badger felt model

Needle Felting Workshop

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Fancy learning a new skill?

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Bradford City

Sat 16 Nov 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Star Gazing at Abberton

Star Gazing

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Join EWT and NEAS to look at the night sky through Large Telescopes at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. Events run whatever the weather. Bacon rolls, cake and hot drinks available. Donation £6 adult and £4 child. Booking Essential.

Choral Society

Duruflé and Bernstein

Sat 16 Nov 2019

Classical Music in St Botolphs Church

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson

Sat 16 Nov 2019

The people’s favourite and one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians, JIM DAVIDSON OBE telling it ‘like it is’.

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Family on Mersea Beach by Visit Essex

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