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BEST WESTERN The Rose & Crown Hotel

East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TZ

Ratings & Awards

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Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (45 spaces)
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • Lift
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

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08445 76 76 76
*local rate

near the BEST WESTERN The Rose & Crown Hotel, Colchester

Colchester Natural History Museum

Colchester's intriguing Natural History Museum explores the elements and wildlife in the region with its displays of natural habitats, fish, birds and marine animals. Situated in the former All Saints Church, the hands-on displays, live animals and nature reserve make for a fun-filled family day out.

Available : Daily

Roman River Music Festival

The Roman River Music Festival, first held in 2000, fills intimate and atmospheric medieval churches in idyllic villages (Dedham, Stoke by Nayland, Fordham, Lawford, Fingringhoe, East Mersea, Copford, Layer Marney and Abberton churches) as well as venues in Colchester, with world-class folk, jazz, soul and classical music. 

Available : Sep - Oct 2013 (annual)

Castle Open Evening and Christmas Market

In true festive spirit, Colchester Castle opens its doors to the public for free for one evening. Alongside the castle's usual attractions, an on-site Christmas market ensures plenty of Christmas cheer for all ages, complete with snow and Santa Claus.

Available : Dec 2013 (annual)

Light Up a Life

A sombre, but special, occasion, Light Up a Life at Colchester Castle supports St Helena Hospice. Following a procession, a tree will be lit in the castle grounds, with each light representing an individual cared for in the home.

Available : Dec 2013 (annual)

Colchester Castle

Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester boasts an impressive castle built on the foundations of the Roman temple of Claudius, parts of which can still be seen today. The castle has the largest keep ever built by the Normans and since the 16th century it's been a ruin, a library and a gaol for witches. Today the castle is a popular family attraction housing an award-winning museum complete with hands-on exhibitions documenting Colchester's history from the Stone Age to the Civil war.

Available : Daily

Tymperleys Clock Museum

One might think that time stopped still a few centuries ago when walking into the 15th-century house that is the Tymperleys Clock Museum in Colchester. It contains one of the largest collections of clocks in Britain.

Available : Apr - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)

Mercury Theatre

Theatre and music buffs can catch a performance at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester's leading performing arts venue.

Available : Daily

Carter's Vineyards

At Carter's Vineyards, visitors can follow a nature trail through the vine trellises and wildflower meadows before tasting some of the award-winning crisp English whites, fruity reds and delicate sparkling wines.

Available : Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Harvest at Jimmy's

Families gather at Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk every September for a weekend of great music, food cooked by celebrity chefs and loads of activities for children. The festival attracts big names and its focus is on both great food and music.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Ipswich Arts Festival

Ipswich bursts into life each summer with the return of the annual Ipswich Art Festival. A fusion of music, arts and family entertainment it draws tens of thousands of good-humored punters, and a fair few celebrity headliners, to locations throughout the city. 

Available : Jun - Jul 2013 (annual)

Jerwood DanceHouse

The Jerwood DanceHouse is a major international centre for dance on Ipswich's waterfront. Developed by DanceEast, the venue includes four custom-built dance studios, therapy suites and a café and public courtyard, with views over the waterfront.

Available : Daily

Ipswich Transport Museum

Housed in a 1937 trolleybus depot, Ipswich Transport Museum has an extensive collection of local transport - either built in the area or used to transport its populace around. Visitors can discover old buses, cars, bicycles, fire engines and trams.

Available : Mar - Nov 2013; Sun only (annual)

NASC Street Rod Nationals

The biggest custom car show in Europe, the Street Rod Nationals at Trinity Park attracts customised 1950s-style cars, high-tech Street Rods, Hot Rods and high-performance Street Machines. The weekend includes live music, children's events, competitions and more.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Suffolk Show

The Suffolk Show is held on its own showground outside Ipswich, Trinity Park. It features farm livestock and equine classes, agricultural trade stands, flower shows, horticultural exhibits and grand ring displays, including international showjumpers.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Museum of East Anglian Life

The open-air Museum of East Anglian Life explores aspects of domestic, agricultural and industrial life in East Anglia over the last ten centuries. Objects of interest include a number of beautifully preserved and restored agricultural steam engines.

Available : Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

Twenty20 Cup: Essex Eagles

The Friends Life T20 begins with a group format in June, before quarter finals in July and Finals Day at Southampton's Rose Bowl in August. Essex Eagles play their home games at the Ford County Ground in Chelmsford.

Available : Jun - Aug 2013 (annual)

Hylands House and Estate

Hylands House is a magnificent Grade II listed property set in an expanse of Essex parkland. Once a red brick Queen Anne style mansion, the house dates back to 1730 and has undergone stages of vast transformation over the years.

Available : Mon and Sun only

V Festival - Hylands Park

Summer festival fever hits the country once again as the dual-site V Festival comes to Chelmsford's Hylands Park and Weston Park in Staffordshire. Ensuring nobody need miss out, again this year many of the acts play both locations on alternate days.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

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BEST WESTERN The Rose & Crown Hotel
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