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The Colchester Garden Festival will take place 21st July-22nd August.

There will be a mixture of free and paid events, including workshops, public installations, podcast recordings and shows. Businesses in the town centre are also invited to decorate their store fronts and create themed displays in line with the festival to brighten the town with wonderful floral and gardening displays.

School Tours

We're working with Lee Connelly an Essex based gardener who's on a mission to get kids growing. We're thrilled that as part of the festival Lee is visiting schools in the Colchester area in May to run workshops and teach children the basics of how to get started growing and planting. In July planters will be installed in the town centre featuring planting from the schools. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels to find out more!


Lee Connelly, also known as the Skinny Jean Gardener, is a gardening presenter who has worked with BBC Blue Peter, Jimmys Farm and many other big names to help get kids and families growing. He's also the author of the book 'How to Get Kids Growing'. You can find out more about Lee on his website.


Explore new and interesting ways to walk into town with our walking trail maps! Can you spot the nature items in your surroundings that will help guide you in?


Get your hands dirty and dive into gardening with Lee Connelly at one of our workshops teaching you how to plant and grow your very own plants!

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The Colchester Garden Festival

Type:Gardening Event

Colchester Town Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1AA

Opening Times

Season (21 July 2022 - 22 Aug 2022)