What's on in Colchester

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Christmas in Colchester

Christmas in Colchester

From shopping to pantomime via grottos, reindeer, trees and surprises. Colchester offers all you could want and more this Christmas. Stop by for an afternoon Christmas shopping, or spend a few days on a winter break.

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Colchester at War

World War One Commemoration Events

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One, and as a Garrison town Colchester has numerous events, exhibitions and activities taking place to mark the occasion

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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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What's On in Colchester Today

Colchester In The First World War

Colchester In The First World War

Mon 2 Jul 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Exhibition commemorating WWI in Colchester Castle


Legacy: Two works on hope and memory

Sat 22 Sep 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite


Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease

Sat 29 Sep - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Exhibition as part of #1418NOW at Firstsite

Mark Titchner, Please Believe These Days Will Pass

flyingleaps: Art on the Streets

Tue 2 Oct 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Sherlock Bones

Sherlock Bones

Thu 25 Oct 2018 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

Family Activity in Colchester Castle

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere

Sat 10 Nov 2018 - Sun 12 May 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Jack And The Beanstalk


Sat 24 Nov 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019

The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

Festive Afternoon Tea

Festive Afternoon Tea

Sat 1 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Whether for a quick catch up over coffee or the luxury of an afternoon tea, the lounges of Wivenhoe House are open daily. Our special Festive Afternoon Tea is only available this December between the 1st and 23rd.

Santa Grotto

Santa is coming to Fenwick

Sat 1 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to bring his festive grotto to Fenwick Colchester this December.

Dedham Art Society

Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition

Sun 2 Dec 2018 - Sat 2 Feb 2019

Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition Colchester Library Gallery

Colchester Christmas Treasure Quest

Colchester Christmas Treasure Quest

Fri 7 Dec 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

A thrilling treasure quest around the town centre. Crack codes, solve riddles and visit the town to uncover the location of the hidden "treasure" with a prize of £250 for the lucky entrant who gets it correct. Family friendly fun.

Santa's Grotto

Santa’s Castle Grotto

Sat 8 Dec 2018 - Mon 9 Dec 2019

Father Christmas visits Colchester Castle

The Magic of Christmas

Magic of Christmas

Sat 15 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Festive fun at Colchester Zoo

Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza

Mon 17 - Wed 19 Dec 2018

Variety show with Live music, Stand-up comedy, Juggling, LED hoop display, Fantail fantasia, Fire show, whip cracking + more from local, National and international Talent

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Tue 18 Dec 2018

A Christmas Carol Tuesday 18th December 7.00pm At Wormingford Community Education Centre, Church Lane, Wormingford CO6 3AZ

Christmas Carols at The Swan Inn, Chappel

Christmas Carols The Colchester Operatic Society

Tue 18 Dec 2018

Join us on Tuesday 18th December at The Swan Inn, Chappel for an evening of Christmas Carols with The Colchester Operatic Society.

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