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Colchester Castle Park, Colchester

Stride out of your Colchester hotel to step on Roman foundations, past Elizabethan and Georgian townhouses and Victorian parks.

Historic Colchester

Explore the history of Britain’s oldest recorded town in Castle Park. Here, Victorian manicured gardens surround a Norman castle built on Roman foundations. South of town, the pinnacle-designed St John’s Abbey Gate was built to contain revolting peasants in the rebellious 15th century. Stained-glass windows tell Colchester’s story at the Baroque Town Hall.

Art and museums in Colchester

Leave your Colchester hotel and check your watch against the antique timepieces in the Elizabethan Tymperleys Clock Museum. The story of the Roman defeat at the hands of fiery redhead Boudicca, the first real Essex girl, is told at the Castle Museum. Blue tits and Brent geese flap in the old church grounds at the Natural History Museum.

Quirky things to do in Colchester

Giggle through wildflower meadows after tasting the Essex-fermented red and white at Carter’s Vineyard, north of your Colchester Hotel. Jedi knights catch up with Chewbacca and R2D2 at the Stars Wars toy collection at Hollytrees Museum.

Events in Colchester

Gulp Essex-dredged shellfish in October at the Town Hall at the Colchester Oyster Feast. Chocolate fountains flow in Castle Park in June at the Colchester Food and Drink Festival. Join the mini Mardi Gras in September when majorettes lead floats at the Colchester Carnival.

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Attractions in Colchester:

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham. © Chatham Historic Dockyard
The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Opening times:
Feb-Oct 10am-6pm (or dusk if earlier)
Nov & Dec 10am-4pm (some exhibits close early) Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

West Ham United FC 2010/11

Opening times:
21 Aug 2010 - 22 May 2011 (annual)

West Ham United 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Tottenham Hotspur Crest. Picture courtesy club press office.
Tottenham Hotspur FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Eagle Heights Birds of Prey Centre, Sevenoaks. Courtesy of Eagle Heights Birds of Prey Centre
Eagle Heights Birds of Prey Centre

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: daily 10.30am-5pm
Nov, Jan & Feb: Sat & Sun 11am-4pm Jan - Nov 2013 (annual)

What's on in Colchester:

Cambridge Science Festival

Dates Open:
12/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Fabrizio Giovanardi, 2007, Vauxhall Vectra - No.1, Silverstone test. Courtesy of BCCT
The British Touring Car Championship - Brands Hatch

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 01/04/2015
21/10/2015 to 21/10/2015

ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic

Dates Open:
21/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

London International Antique Dolls, Toys, Miniatures & Teddy Bear Fair, London. Courtesy of London International Antique Dolls, Toys, Miniatures & Teddy Bear Fair
London International Antique Dolls, Toys, Miniatures & Teddy Bear Fair

Dates Open:
10/03/2015 to 10/03/2015
29/05/2015 to 29/05/2015

Prada dress and Miu Miu boots at the Designer Warehouse Sale, London.
Designer Warehouse Womenswear Sale

Dates Open:
03/02/2016 to 05/02/2016
14/09/2015 to 16/09/2015
16/09/2015 to 18/09/2015
02/12/2015 to 04/12/2015
15/06/2015 to 17/06/2015
23/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Club Kali

Dates Open:
17/04/2015 to 17/04/2015
18/12/2015 to 18/12/2015
18/09/2015 to 18/09/2015
21/08/2015 to 21/08/2015
19/06/2015 to 19/06/2015
15/05/2015 to 15/05/2015
20/03/2015 to 20/03/2015
20/11/2015 to 20/11/2015
17/07/2015 to 17/07/2015
16/10/2015 to 16/10/2015
15/01/2016 to 15/01/2016


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