What's on in Colchester

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Half Term Fun

May Half Term in Colchester

Discover what's on in Colchester during the May Half Term. There's a whole host of special childrens' events and things to do especially programmed for the school holidays. There's plenty to keep the kids entertained in North Essex this Half Term!

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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

Something Fierce

Something Fierce

Sat 23 Feb - Fri 19 Jul 2019

An Exhibition about the University of Essex’s Brutalist Architecture and Academic Vision

Days Like These

Days Like These

Thu 14 Mar - Sun 26 May 2019

Reclaiming the beauty of Jaywick Sands - Days Like These is an exploration of the beauty of Jaywick Sands using watercolours, sound and virtual reality.

Alfred Munnings

Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist 1918

Sat 23 Mar - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition of Alfred Munnings' War Paintings

Treasure Quest in Constable Country

Constable Country Treasure Quest

Fri 3 May - Sat 1 Jun 2019

A prize competition treasure hunt which will take players to the beautiful villages along the Stour valley looking for clues which will lead to the hidden treasure.

Dunk 2018, Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel : BACK OFF

Fri 3 May - Sun 7 Jul 2019

Contemporary Art at Firstsite

Jelili Atiku

Fuel for Thought

Fri 3 May - Sat 1 Jun 2019

MA Curating student exhibition

Charles Debenham

The Man who Painted Colchester and Sudbury

Sat 4 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019

An exhibition of the work of Charles Debenham at Chappel Galleries

Waldegraves Car Boot Sale

Car Boot Sale in West Mersea

Sun 5 May - Sun 8 Sep 2019

At Waldegraves Family Holiday Park, we hold car boot sales every Sunday from 5th May to 8th September 2019, including over Bank Holiday Weekends. Car boot sales are weather dependent, so please call us on the day with enquiries.

Circus Wonderland

Circus Wonderland

Wed 22 - Mon 27 May 2019

The Circus comes to Colchester's Abbey Field

Hollington's, Coggeshall

Coggeshall Art Group Annual Art Exhibition

Fri 24 - Mon 27 May 2019

Exhibition of art by local artists in the Coggeshall Parish Church of St.Peter ad Vincula, , Coggeshall CO6 1UD

Shakespear's Daughter and The Vicar

Shakespeare's Daughter and The Vicar

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Remembering the 80's

Remembering the 80's

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

The very best of the 80’s! Our amazing live band will be playing non-stop party hits and classic songs which guarantee to fill the dance floor. From 19:00 until midnight with fully licensed bar.

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: The Lisa Graham Duo

Sat 25 May 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Sat 25 May 2019

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


Forests - Art Exhibition

Sat 25 May - Fri 21 Jun 2019

Exhibition in the Level Best Gallery in Colchester, called "Forests" from May until June 2019.

Mersea Food Festival

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Savour the Flavour of Island Life! Join us for fun in the sun by the sea, food and drink for all the family...

Marks Hall's 'Bug Hotel'

'Bug Hotel' Rebuild Scavenger Hunt

Sat 25 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019

Collect your information from our Admission Kiosk and go on a hunt around the Arboretum to collect items for our new Bug Hotel. See the beautiful Spring colours, wildlife and discover key points of interest within the Arboretum.


What's Coming Out Of The Box? Presents Inside

Sat 25 May 2019

“What was it like in mummy’s tummy?” Have you ever heard this question? Or tried to answer? We did and the result is ‘Inside’.

Everyday Life through the Ages

Everyday Life through the Ages Re-creation

Sat 25 May 2019

This brilliant and entertaining re-creation with over 150 participants, takes you time travelling from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) camp all the way into the 20th century; with a few surprises along the way.

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Family on Mersea Beach by Visit Essex

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