What's on in Colchester

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Roman River Festival

Castle Park Fireworks

The 48th annual fireworks display in Colchester's Castle Park will take place on Monday November 5th. Always an extremely popular night out - make sure you get your tickets in advance.

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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

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

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

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Green Island Gardens

Thu 26 Jul - Fri 30 Nov 2018

Green Island Gardens are private gardens, open for the public to visit in Ardleigh near Colchester, Essex. 20 acres of woodland and gardens with nursery and tearooms

The Coastal Open

Coastal Open

Fri 21 Sep - Sun 28 Oct 2018

The Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists, giving a chance to display their talent in arts and crafts. It gives an opportunity to demonstrate what inspires them about their community, environment and heritage through their artwork.


Legacy: Two works on hope and memory

Sat 22 Sep 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Caroline Walker: Home

Caroline Walker: Home

Thu 27 Sep - Sat 3 Nov 2018

Caroline Walker's ambitious and compelling large-scale paintings of refugee women in London.

Imran Perretta: 15 days

Imran Perretta: 15 days

Thu 27 Sep - Sat 3 Nov 2018

Imran Perretta's ’15 days’ is inspired by the time that the artist spent in Calais with former inhabitants of the refugee camp known as the Jungle, who are now living in surrounding woodland.


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

Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to announce a group exhibition featuring posters by eight artists: Magda Archer, Dolores De Sade, Jeremy Deller, Dr. D, Heath Kane, kennardphillips, Oddly Head, Simon Roberts and Mark Titchner.

Scaresville - The Haunted Village

Scaresville - The Haunted Village

Wed 3 Oct - Sat 3 Nov 2018

Scaresville - The Haunted Village, East Anglia's award winning premier Scare Attraction.

Scaresville - The Haunted Village


Wed 3 Oct - Sat 3 Nov 2018

Scaresville - The Haunted Village. East Anglia's award winning premier Scare Attraction.

Lobster 1

Pop Up Lobster Restaurant at The Cells

Mon 8 - Tue 30 Oct 2018

Lobster Meal FTW!

Shriek Week

Shriek Week

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Spooky half term fun at Colchester Zoo

The Screaming Oak

Halloween Trial

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

The Halloween Trail is alive with beastly facts and gruesome details, and takes in some of the spooky sights of Marks Hall, including our Screaming Oak.


The Beth Chatto Pumpkin Hunt

Sat 20 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

Spooky Fun at the Beth Chatto Gardens

Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch at Foxes Farm Produce

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Pick your own Pumpkins at Foxes Farm Produce. A perfect activity for Halloween!

Halloweenies - School for Sorcery

Halloweenies - School for Sorcery

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

The best children's event for October Half Term where everyone will learn the art & practices of Wizards, Magicians and Sorcerers.

Halloweenies - School for Sorcery

School for Sorcery

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Halloweenies - School for Sorcery is brilliant Halloween half term fun for all the family. We're looking for budding witches and wizards.

Stick Man


Mon 22 - Wed 24 Oct 2018

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is coming to the Mercury Theatre.

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