The Best Things To Do In Colchester Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

Best Things To Do & Days Out In Colchester

Home to Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle & Park, Colchester isn’t simply Britain’s oldest recorded town; it’s also packed with fun things to do with the kids.

 

At the Colchester Castle Museum you’ll get the chance to re-discover life during the times of the Romans and Norman Invaders and all the way through its 2,000 year history till today. If you love educational days out and interactive exhibits, you’ll also enjoy a visit to The Natural History Museum Colchester. It’s free to enter too.

Weather’s nice? There are plenty of outdoor spaces available to explore on Colchester family days out. Go and see the wildlife in their natural habitat at the Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve, or simply enjoy a lazy afternoon at Brightlingsea Beach.

If you’re after a big animal day out, Colchester Zoo is the perfect attraction for you to visit. Home to adorable red pandas, it has over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. Get up close to and feed elephants and giraffes and take a walk through the tropical butterfly house.

There are lots of indoor activities too! Go explore the East Anglian Railway Museum, go bananas at this jungle-themed soft play or  simply enjoy an active day out at Colchester Leisure World.

Looking to plan ahead? If you’re the super organised type, you might find having the Essex school holiday dates on hand useful.

  1. Girl looking at a shell. Source: Natural Museum of History Colchester

    Natural History Museum Colchester

    Colchester

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    At Natural History Museum Colchester did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that mammoths and hippos used to live in thi...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.1 miles from Colchester
  2. ODEON Cinema room

    ODEON Colchester

    Colchester

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Explore the world of cinema with a front-row seat; there are all sorts of big-budget blockbusters and animated wonders to see at ODEON Colchester. Wi...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.2 miles from Colchester
  3. Visitors at Colchester Castle Museum

    Colchester Castle Museum

    Colchester

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    At Colchester Castle Museum follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, Norman invaders, the Witchfinder General and the devastation of Queen Boudica!...

    Suitable for 0-12 Outdoor 0.2 miles from Colchester
  4. Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

    The Colchester Mystery Treasure Trail

    Colchester

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Crime is blighting the streets of Colchester and they’re calling out for answers! Can you crack The Colchester Mystery Treasure Trail? A super spy is...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.2 miles from Colchester
  5. Outside view of Mercury Theatre in Colchester

    Mercury Theatre

    Colchester

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Championing local creativity through family focused events, the Mercury Theatre is a real gem tucked away in the heart of Colchester. Do you love a p...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.2 miles from Colchester
  6. Outside view of Hollytrees Museum in Colchester

    Hollytrees Museum

    Colchester

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    A rather highlight of the Hollytrees Museum is the little Hollytrees Museum! What a delight for any child to nose through a dolls house that's a thor...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.3 miles from Colchester
  7. Man resting in gardens at Castle Park and Gardens in Colchester

    Castle Park and Gardens

    Colchester

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Castle Park and Gardens is a town centre oasis: terrific to retreat to with the family for an afternoon, featuring loads of things to see and do with...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 0.3 miles from Colchester
  8. Kids playing zorb football at Colchester Leisure World

    Colchester Leisure World

    Colchester

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Fitness and fun make the perfect combination for an afternoon at Colchester Leisure World. The fitness pool is 25m long with six lanes for slow, medi...

    4 star rating Rating 4/5 (2 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.6 miles from Colchester
  9. Tenpin Colchester

    Tenpin Colchester

    Colchester

    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen Pin Bowling Alleys

    Like trips to the seaside or football in the park, bowling is a classic day out. Bring it bang up to date with UV lights, neon pins and one groovy so...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.6 miles from Colchester
  10. Toddler soft play area at Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre in Colchester

    Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre

    Colchester

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Monkey themed mania abounds at Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre: the ultimate in adventure climbing frames with over 5000sqft spread over 3 awesome...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 0.7 miles from Colchester
  11. Girl jumping on trampoline at Jump Street in Colchester

    Jump Street

    Colchester

    Trampoline ParksTrampoline Parks

    Jump Street is an indoor trampoline park with 90 +trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops, The Bag, The Wall, party rooms and a cafe with fre...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.7 miles from Colchester
  12. People rollerskating at Rollerworld Quasar Colchester

    Rollerworld Quasar Colchester

    Colchester

    Ice Skating and RollerskatingIce Skating and Rollerskating

    Get your skates on at Rollerworld Quasar and enjoy a family-friendly skating experience with catchy music, disco lights and plenty of room to show of...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.8 miles from Colchester
  13. Outside view of Bourne Mill in Colchester

    Bourne Mill

    Colchester

    LandmarksLandmarks

    A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century. Bourne Mill is set in tranquil...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor 1 mile from Colchester
  14. Black carrion crow at High Woods Country Park in Colchester

    High Woods Country Park

    Colchester

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Covering woodland, marshland, lake and wildflower meadows, High Woods Country Park boasts a wealth of explorable terrain with intriguing nature walks...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 1.2 miles from Colchester
  15. Indoor soft play frame at Jungle Adventure in Colchester

    Jungle Adventure

    Colchester

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    At Jungle Adventure follow the tracks as you step deep into the jungle. Once inside there is so much to enjoy, fly along the Aerial Glides, whizz dow...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 2.3 miles from Colchester
  16. Craft area at Blue Owl in Colchester

    Blue Owl

    Great Horkesley

    Pottery Centres and Ceramic CafesPottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

    Channel your inner Picasso and get crafty with the whole family at Blue Owl. Messy hands are guaranteed here, and there’s plenty of paint fun to be h...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 2.9 miles from Colchester
  17. Red panda at Colchester Zoo

    Colchester Zoo

    Colchester

    Zoos and Wildlife ParksZoos and Wildlife Parks

    Set in 60 acres of parkland, Colchester Zoo is the perfect place to meet your favourite animals while surrounded by beautiful scenery. Enjoy a hands...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 3.4 miles from Colchester
  18. Visitor centre at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

    Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

    Fingringhoe

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Out on the reserve at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve you will find a picnic area, nature trails and bird hides (some easy access) and view-points wi...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 4.9 miles from Colchester
  19. Visitors centre at Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve in Colchester

    Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

    Colchester

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    The huge expanse of Essex and Suffolk Water's Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is one of Europe's top wetland sites and a great trip for families ei...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor 5.2 miles from Colchester
  20. Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

    Dedham Treasure Hunt Trail

    Dedham

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Are you always looking for ways to get your brood outdoors? Well you’ve found one with the Dedham Treasure Hunt Trail. It’s a code busting outing whi...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 6.3 miles from Colchester

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