Colchester is a vibrant and historic town, located in the heart of Essex. With so much to explore and discover, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Here are just a few of the top things to do in Colchester.

Colchester Zoo

Home to over 160 species and set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is a must-see for animal lovers of all ages. The zoo hosts many different habitats, from the humid home of our Komodo Dragons to our very own Africa plain, Kingdom of the Wild, home to white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu. Visitors can also stop by the Rajang’s Forest and see if they can hang for as long as an orangutan, feed our rainbow lorikeets in their tropical walkthrough aviary, Australian Rainbows, and explore areas such as Worlds Apart, the perfect place to warm up on a chilly day. Colchester Zoo also offers a range of food and drink options, as well as a gift shop filled with souvenirs to remember your day.

Colchester Castle

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology, and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites. Colchester Castle tells the national story of Roman and Norman conquest, Boudiccan revolt, and Civil War. Visitors can enjoy the family-friendly displays in Hollytrees Museum, a beautiful Georgian townhouse set within the stunning Castle Park, and find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity, and climate change at the nearby Natural History Museum.

High Woods Country Park

At 150 hectares, High Woods Country Park derives from the once much larger medieval royal hunting forest of Kingswood. In more recent times, farming and forestry have shaped the landscape you see today. Opened in 1987 after Colchester Borough Council acquired the land for people to enjoy, its rangers and volunteers look after the park for recreation, wildlife, education, and historical interest. The park is a designated Local Wildlife Site and features a range of hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and play areas for children.

Colchester Arts Centre

Located in a converted church, the Colchester Arts Centre hosts a wide range of live music, plays, comedy shows, and other acts in an intimate atmosphere. Recent events have included Baushig and Strandings, Clive Anderson, and Frankenstein Unchained with Jason Freder.

Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theatre is a theatre in Colchester, producing highly regarded original work under the title “Mercury Productions” and also receiving touring shows. The theatre has two auditoria and is led by Tracey Childs, Steve Mannix, and Ryan McBryde. Recent productions have included shows such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Abigail’s Party, and One Man, Two Guvnors.

Whether you’re a history buff, an animal lover, or simply looking for a fun day out, Colchester has something to offer everyone. So pack your bags, book a hotel, and come explore all that this historic town has to offer.

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