Sporting Events in Colchester

Sport and Leisure

Whether partaking or spectating, Colchester is a great city for sport and leisure activities.

Discover regular events such as the weekly Park Run in the city's scenic Castle Park, or regular League 2 football in Colchester United's home at the Jobserve Community Stadium.

For a more unique experience, why not join us for the round-the-island sailing race at Mersea? For those who prefer to be closer to the ground, you can plan your visit to coincide with one of the more occasional events, such as the yearly half-marathon, the RideLondon event, or even our highly competitive soapbox rally!

Discover what sport and leisure events are coming up by browsing out listings below.

Family Wellness Walk Jun 19

For young families, new and expectant parents to come for a light stroll around the park to walk and talk. Little ones very welcome and the route is buggy friendly. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 11am. Booking in advance essential.

Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Colchester Jun 19

A Colchester hot air balloon ride is a truly memorable experience. Your ballooning adventure will start from the Ardleigh Showground where you'll have the opportunity to help prepare the balloon for flight, by helping to inflate the balloon, before taking to the skies…

Wellness Walk Jun 21

Led by fully trained volunteer walk leaders, our free walks are an ideal way to improve fitness or mobility in a sociable atmosphere. All walks take place at High Woods Country Park, those taking part need to meet at the visitor centre at 10.45am - the walk will start at…

Midsummer In Castle Park Jun 22

Explore glorious Castle Park at midsummer. Discover its history,   it's landscape and the wildlife which calls it home. Booking Details You can book in advance by using our online booking system or calling the Visitor Information Centre on 01206…

Festival of Fun at Colchester Sports Park Jul 06

On Saturday 6 July head down to Colchester Sports Park for our Festival of Fun and explore Colchester’s state-of-the art sports facility! There’ll be family-friendly activities taking place all day on our fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, and you can explore…

Festival of Fun at Colchester Leisure World Jul 07

On Sunday 7 July head down to Leisure World Colchester for our Festival of Fun and explore Colchester’s iconic sport and leisure facility! There’ll be family-friendly activities taking place all day long. Please check individual events for pricing and whether booking…

Race for Life Jul 07

At just over 2 miles, 3k is ideal for families or groups having a go at their first Race for Life. It's a fun, achievable event for everyone – and an unforgettable day out. There's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Walk, jog or run or make your way around the…

Become a Colchester History Explorer Jul 31

Families are invited to accompany a city guide to play I Spy around the city centre discovering Colchester's amazing, funny and sometimes gruesome history. Suitable for children up to the age of 11  Booking Details You can book in advance by using our online booking…

Mersea Week Aug 18

Join us for the 50th anniversary of Mersea Week, with the island hosting the RORC IRC East Coast Championships, East Coast Sonata Championships, ILCA Open Event and the Regular Mersea Week Fleets.

ParkPlay Aug 27

Every Saturday, children and families can join in with free games, have fun, move more, and make friends. It’s the perfect way to start the weekend and to enable communities to get active.     Before you come along to your first ParkPlay, we need you…