Family Fun in Colchester

When you're travelling with little ones, it can definitely feel like a challenge making sure everyone's entertained. Luckily, there's always a great selection of family-friendly events happening in the city, and we proudly boast a number of fantastic, award-winning child-friendly attractions that run all year round.

Top attractions like Colchester Zoo or the Castle put on a regular programme of events that are great for kids, and during the School holidays you'll find even more going on around the city to keep the whole family entertained.

Events Perfect for the Whole Family

Guided Walking Tour: From Camulodunum to Colchester Jun 15

Take a guided walking tour around Colchester to discover its history and heritage with an expert guide. Colchester was Britain's first city, and is now it's newest after regaining city status in 2022. With a story stretching back over 2000 years, join one of our official…

Tree Trail Jun 15

You asked, we listened… the googly eyes are back! Head out into the Arboretum on your fact finding quest. Discover some of the trees which call Markshall home. Keep an eye out for the 14 trees in your booklet, they may be watching you!

Father's Day Steam & Supercar Show Jun 16

Father's Day Steam Unlimited Steam Train Rides Come along this Father's Day for Steam Train Rides, where one of our full sized steam engines will be operating, hauling the vintage Freight Train. Also in operation will be the Miniature Railway. You can also have a go if…

Arty Animals Jul 23

Get arty and enter our drawing competition! All your need to do is sketch us your favourite museum animal and tell us why its the best! With great prizes to win, we can't wait to see your arty animal creations. 1st prize is a family pass to Colchester Castle, while 2nd and…

Mersea Island Festival Aug 18

The Mersea Island Festival is 9 days of inclusive activities, bringing together those with or without a physical or learning disability. It provides an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities that challenge and stimulate, helping to build confidence while at the…

Soapbox Rally Sep 15

This September Colchester's soapbox rally returns! After an amazing event in 2023 Colchester's soapbox rally returns for another incredible day of wacky racing in September 2024. Enter a handmade kart and go head to head in time trials with the other contestants to…

Free Family Fun Festival Sep 21

The Free Family Fun Festival returns to Colchester's Castle Park on 21st September from 11:00-16:00. Save the date and discover lots of brilliant free things to do for all the family including bouncy castles, face painting, games and activities.

Essex Classic Vehicle Show 2024 Sep 22

Head down to Castle Park on a warm Sunday in September for a fun-packed day with the family! Headway Essex have proudly hosted the Essex Classic Vehicle Show for some time now and this year is set to be another al fresco success! Lower Castle Park will be filled to the brim with…