What's on in Colchester

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Castle Park

Castle Park this Summer

Discover everything happening in Colchester Castle Park this summer, including fairs, fetes and festivals, pictures in the park, and the ever-popular sunday afternoon concerts on the park's Victorian Bandstand  


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Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Why not try one of our Guided Tours? Running every Saturday at 11am with a qualified Blue or Green Badge guide, the best way to discover Colchester's history is to walk the streets where the events happened.

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Cudmore Grove Country Park by Visit Essex

High Woods Country Park Events

High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester’s favourite parks due to it’s mix of woodland, open spaces, lake and meadows. From Nordic Walking to Fantastic Fungi walks, there is an event for erveryone.

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Summer Holiday Activities in Colchester

There's loads to do in Colchester this Summer Holiday. As well as fantastic attractions, including kids favourites such as the zoo and the castle, we've got plenty of events to keep children entertained whatever their interests.

Keep an eye on our dedicated Great For Kids page for plenty of Summer Holiday inspiration, or browse through our Free Days Out page to make the most of Colchester on a budget.

Don't forget to follow us on social media to get up to date suggestions, and last minute ideas. We're on Twitter and Facebook, and as well as regular updates we'll be using the hashtag #ColchesterForFree all summer long to highlight our favourite money-saving activities in town.

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Mischief Makers

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Mischief Makers

Sat 14 Jul - Sat 1 Sep 2018

Summer Reading Challenge at Essex Libraries

Kids Run The Railway

Kids Run The Railway!

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Kids' activity day at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Marks Hall

Marks Hall Garden and Country Show

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Family Event at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Rapture Gaming Festival

Rapture Gaming Festival

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gaming Festival at Colchester Charter Hall

Fire Station Open Day

West Mersea Fire Station Open Day

Sat 21 Jul 2018

A summer fire station open day.

Kentwell's Magic Weekend

Kentwell Hall Magic Weekend

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Magic and Mystery at Kentwell Hall

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Aveley & Newham Band

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

Leisure World Kids

Base Camp

Mon 23 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 7-11.?

Leisure World Kids

Kids Camp

Mon 23 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1-6.

Hollytrees

Monkey Business

Tue 24 Jul 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

Natural History Museum

Go Live

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Childrens activity at the Natural History Museum

Amazing Animals

Amazing Animals - High Woods Country Park

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Children's Activity at High Woods Country Park

Farm Tours

Tiptree Farm Tours

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Tractor Tours around Tiptree Fruit Farm

Colchester Castle

Roman Explorers: Invaders

Thu 26 Jul 2018

Family activities in Colchester Castle

Babe- The Sheep Pig

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

Fri 27 Jul - Sun 26 Aug 2018

The classic children's tale live on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Farm Tours

Tiptree Farm Tours

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Tractor Tours around Tiptree Fruit Farm

Boxted Airfield

Boxted Airfield Museum Open Day

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Boxted Airfield museum opens to the public

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Vintage fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Sid Bolan Big Band

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

Hollytrees

The Hollytrees Peg People

Tue 31 Jul 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

What's On in Colchester Today

Bronze Age

BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018

Sat 17 Mar - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Munnings Sign

RA250: Sir Alfred Munnings and the Royal Academy

Fri 30 Mar - Wed 31 Oct 2018

Exhibition celebrating Alfred Munnings as Past President of the Royal Academy

Jewelled lawn

National Garden Scheme Open garden

Thu 5 Apr - Fri 27 Jul 2018

There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and river Blackwater. Jewelled lawn in early April then spectacular tulips and blossom lead on to a huge number of different and colourful plants.

Merville Battery Display

Essex’s airborne history celebrated

Mon 4 Jun - Sun 30 Sep 2018

WW2 exhibition at Colchester Library

Scott King, Britlin's Frigg

Scott King: A New Life in Frigg

Sat 16 Jun - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Windrush Exhibition

Windrush 70th Anniversary Exhibition

Sat 23 Jun - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A sound and art site specific installation that recorded the stories of ten local Caribbean elders from the Windrush generation from Essex. Ten limited-edition photo etchings by artist EVEWRIGHT will also be on display.

We Must Do Battle Where We Are Standing

We Must Do Battle Where We Are Standing

Wed 27 Jun - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Art exhibition by artist Kate Genever

The Art of Remaking

Play It Again: The Art of Remaking

Sat 30 Jun - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Summer Screen

Summer Screen

Mon 2 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

Live Tennis plus 5 feature films on a big screen in Castle Park

Summer Screen

Summer Screen: Live Wimbledon Screenings

Mon 2 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

Live Tennis on a big screen in Castle Park

Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper

Rear View Mirror: Contemporary Chinese Works

Fri 13 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

An exhibition of contemporary Chinese works on paper

Mischief Makers

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Mischief Makers

Sat 14 Jul - Sat 1 Sep 2018

Summer Reading Challenge at Essex Libraries

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Former MP Sir Bob Russell gives a walking tour of the town.

Our heroes!

Colchester Race for Life

Sun 15 Jul 2018

On Sunday 15th July 2018, Colchester Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference.

Boot Sale

Ardleigh Car Boot Sale

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Boot Sale at Ardleigh Showground - every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

Colchester United Open Day

Colchester United Open Day

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Colchester United's Annual Open Day returns to the stadium

Sunday Stroll

Sunday Stroll

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Regular walk at High Woods Country Park

Packing Shed Open Day

Mersea Island Packing Shed Open Day

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Boat trips and cream teas at the Mersea Island Packing Shed

Kingfisher Ensemble

Kingfisher Ensemble

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Classical Music in Lion Walk Church

Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones - Where Was I

Sun 15 Jul 2018

An audience with Griff, at Colchester Arts Centre

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