What's on in Colchester

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Summer Holidays in Colchester

Discover what's on in Colchester during the Summer Holidays. 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 Summer!

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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

Alfred Munnings

Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist 1918

Sat 23 Mar - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition of Alfred Munnings' War Paintings

&#39;Rings of Wonder&#39; by Patrick Elder

Sculpture in the Garden

Sun 26 May - Sat 28 Sep 2019

Sculpture Exhibition.


Pay & Play - Mersea

Sat 29 Jun - Sat 26 Oct 2019

Essex Outdoors are opening their Danbury and Mersea sites to the public every Saturday! You and your family can experience a fun day out on our zip wires, archery and caving to name but a few.


1950s Fashion: A Decade of Glamour

Wed 3 Jul - Sun 25 Aug 2019

Touring exhibition

‘Burano Bull’

Chappel Galleries Summer Exhibition

Sat 6 Jul - Sun 1 Sep 2019

Chappel Galleries are hosting their Summer Exhibition with works by artisits Martin Battye, Simon Carter, Michelle Franklin, Brian Taylor- Sculptor (1935-2013) and new work from gallery artists.

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Family Heritage Treasure Trail

Sat 20 Jul - Sun 22 Sep 2019

FREE town trail, with prizes!

Marks Hall Sculpture

Marks Hall Sculpture 2019

Sat 20 Jul - Sat 31 Aug 2019

Sculpture Trail at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.

Peacock butterfly

Self Led Trails

Mon 22 Jul - Fri 30 Aug 2019

Self Led Trails around our beautiful nature reserve

Archery at Mersea

School Holiday Activity Day

Thu 25 Jul - Fri 30 Aug 2019

Essex Outdoors action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays and are the ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors!


MAKE @ Firstsite

Fri 26 Jul - Mon 2 Sep 2019

Free creative activities at Firstsite


MOVE @ Firstsite

Fri 26 Jul - Mon 2 Sep 2019

Free sports activities at Firstsite


Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story

Sat 27 Jul 2019 - Sun 16 Feb 2020

Jewellery exhibition at Colchester Castle

Beyond Plastic

Beyond Plastic

Mon 5 - Fri 30 Aug 2019

Art Exhibition at the Minories

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans

Sat 17 - Thu 29 Aug 2019

New family favourite - connected to the History of Colchester!

Tudor Hands-On / High Summer Re-creation

Tudor Hands-On / High Summer Re-creation

Sat 17 - Mon 26 Aug 2019

This wonderful family event will transport you back to Tudor England during 1588.

Team Swing

Mersea Island Festival 2019

Sun 18 - Mon 26 Aug 2019

9 days of inclusive summer activities for children, young people and adults with and without a disability - including archery, zipwire, adventure course, art tent and band workshop . Each evening there's a band, disco or Camp Concert.

A Festival of Colchester

A Festival of Colchester 2019

Fri 23 Aug - Sun 15 Sep 2019

A new multi-discipline and heritage-based collaborative arts festival with a primary theme of Nursery Rhymes, Folklore and Storytelling.


Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story

Fri 23 Aug - Sun 15 Sep 2019

Jewellery exhibition at Colchester Castle

Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner: Some questions about us

Fri 23 Aug - Sun 13 Oct 2019

In this exhibition, Mark will present a number of works exploring the notions of displacement and belonging in connection to migration and national identity.

Siobhan Coen Unknown Knows

Siobhan Coen: Unknown Knowns

Fri 23 Aug - Sun 13 Oct 2019

English artist Siobhan Coen has been looking into the effect of RGB lights on different paint colours.

A Festival Of Colchester 2019

A Festival Of Colchester


 A new multi-discipline and heritage-based collaborative arts festival with a primary theme of Nursery Rhymes, Folklore and Storytelling.

A Festival of Colchester will run across Colchester venues from Friday 23 August to Sunday 15 September 2019.

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