Visit Colchester Tourism Guide 2021

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A Message from Visit Colchester HQ This past year has been one of great uncertainty and change due to the global coronavirus pandemic, and its effects have reached far and wide. However, over the past few months, we have been delighted to begin welcoming visitors back to Colchester and feel positive about what lies ahead in 2021. It’s understandable that you may have worries or concerns but we would like to reassure you, that Colchester’s attractions, places to eat and shopping outlets are all

fully compliant with Government guidance and have been safely welcoming visitors back and will continue to do so in 2021. Across our Beautiful Borough you will find stunning coastlines and vistas, riverside locations, picturesque villages and plenty of sprawling countryside, even an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty! All of which makes a visit to Colchester, the perfect place to consider in 2021. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Keep informed of any changes to venue opening hours across the Borough by staying in touch with us. Find us at visitcolchester.com, on social media @VisitColchester or email us at vic@ colchester.gov.uk. Alternatively, pick up the phone and chat to one of the team on 01206 282920.

This brochure has been produced, written and designed by Colchester Borough Council. Photography by Rodger Tamblyn and Chris Reeve. Page 12 photo courtesy of @colchesterstreets. Printed by Alphaprint (a trading style of Bravo Print Ltd). It has been carbon balanced and is printed on Edixion which is also a certified Forestry Stewardship Council paper stock. Information correct at time of printing: December 2020. CBP005162

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HERITAGE Colchester is Britain’s First City, steeped in history. Discover a wealth of heritage treasures telling a fascinating story over 2,000 years in the making.

WALK COLCHESTER Whether you are looking for a short stroll around the town centre, or something more adventurous we have a walk to fit the bill!

CULTURE The Borough is a hotbed of culture, arts and performance. Here are a selection of venues brimming with talent that should be key stops on your list.

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Families flock to Colchester for its leading variety of attractions. Learn more about the places that entertain and enchant children and older visitors alike.

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Whether you are a dedicated follower of fashion or just an intrepid browser, you’ll spend happy hours discovering the town’s special mix of independent and big-name shops and eateries.

14 A BREATH OF FRESH AIR Hollytrees Museum & Visitor Information Centre

Discover the Beautiful Borough’s wide open green spaces. From country parks to nature reserves, enjoy a breath of fresh air.

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16 BEAUTIFUL BOROUGH

In every corner of the historic Borough of Colchester, from coast to country, there is so much to explore. Uncover a place of surprising, beautiful contrasts, with bags of unique character.

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BASE FOR TOURING

If you are looking to explore East Anglia, the Colchester area is a convenient place to make your base. The Borough of Colchester is a central, convenient place, from which you can head out on all kinds of adventures, depending on what takes your fancy.

24 WHERE TO VISIT

Your comprehensive list of the area’s attractions.

34 PLANNING YOUR STAY

Your guide to local accommodation. Maps and information to help you arrange your visit to the area.

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e g a t i r He COLCHESTER CASTLE

ROMAN COLCHESTER

Europe’s largest Norman keep, built on the foundations of a Roman temple destroyed by Boudica. Now a modern interactive museum, immerse yourself in history, ride like the Romans with a virtual reality Roman Circus race and check out the incredible digital reconstructions.

Evidence of Roman Colchester can be found everywhere in the town, from ancient mosaics in modern buildings to Britain’s oldest and longest town walls. Make sure you don’t miss the Roman Circus, the only one discovered so far in Britain. Meander around the starting gates and imagine the sounds and smells of pounding hooves on race day as the race gets started. Learn more about this historic site at the FREE visitor centre.

HOLLYTREES MUSEUM Dress up as a servant and be transported back to the days before the washing machine! Explore centuries of history in this rather splendid Georgian building and take in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years. Find the friendly Visitor Information Centre team here too.

LAYER MARNEY TOWER England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse is home to beautiful gardens, all kinds of events, glamping and a delicious afternoon tea! This statement house exudes grandeur and importance, a long established feature of the Essex countryside commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond.

BOURNE MILL South of the town centre discover this Grade 1 listed watermill with full working waterwheel. Built in 1591 as a fishing lodge it is set in tranquil gardens next to a millpond and babbling stream. Now managed by the National Trust.

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ST. BOTOLPH’S PRIORY This stunning medieval landmark now owned by English Heritage but free to visit lies in the heart of the town centre. The ruins are impressive whatever the weather but our favourite time of day is the end of the day when the setting sun highlights the golden hues of the recycled Roman tiles.

In 2021 Colchester Castle Events Wonder at English masterpiece ‘Walton Bridges’ by J.M. Turner running until 28 March Coming Summer 21 - ‘Decoding The Dead’ exhibition Colchester Castle


Colchester Castle, Europe’s largest Norman keep, built on the foundations of a Roman temple destroyed by Boudica

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With a wealth of walking routes, downloadable maps and guided tours, discover Colchester and the surrounding area on foot in 2021

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d n a r e st e h c ol C k Wal h g u o r o B ul f i t u a e the B Whether you are looking for a short stroll around the town centre, or something more adventurous, there is a walk to fit the bill. With a wealth of walking routes, downloadable maps and guided tours, discover Colchester and the surrounding area on foot in 2021.

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Explore the diverse and beautiful landscapes on Colchester’s doorstep: from the classic English countryside of the Dedham Vale immortalised by Constable, to the big skies and windswept beaches of Mersea Island. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for free guides and advice or visit our website at visitcolchester.com

Colchester is Britain’s First City, with a history dating back over 2,000 years. Join an official blue badge town guide on a guided walk and discover the dramatic events that have helped shape the town. From the destruction of Roman Camoludumnum to the Civil War Siege of 1648 and beyond. In the event our group tours are not running, book a private tour instead with your family ‘bubble’. Find out more at visitcolchester.com

THE ESSEX WAY AND STOUR VALLEY PATH Walk the whole or part of the epic 81-mile Essex Way, and enjoy some of the finest countryside in Essex. This designated path takes you on a walk that leads you through ancient woodlands, open farmland, tree lined river valleys and leafy green lanes. Discover beautiful historic towns and villages along the way. Alternatively, take a walk along the river and join the Stour Valley Path which meanders its way through Dedham and Flatford and take in some of the breathtaking views that inspired England’s famous artists. Buy or download for free from Dedham Vale AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (dedhamvalestourvalley.org) and Essex Way download from www.visitcolchester.com

SELF-LED GUIDED TOURS For those that prefer to set the pace themselves, we have a wide variety of self-guided walking tours on offer. Discover the local streetscape, heritage and culture of the town, and surrounding areas at your leisure.

In 2021 Discover Colchester’s Roman and Medieval Gates and the Civil War Siege in Visit Colchester’s new Walking Historic Colchester leaflet available from the Visitor Information Centre

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e r u t l u C FIRSTSITE The glittering golden curves of Firstsite designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly host a varied, challenging programme of exhibitions, commissions, residencies and screenings throughout the year.

MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM

COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE St Mary’s Church is the backdrop to a fascinatingly eclectic line up of acts throughout the year. From comedy to jazz, big names and new acts can all be found in the little church with a big attitude.

Situated in the charming village of Dedham this museum charts the life and work of renowned and internationally recognised East Anglian painter Sir Alfred Munnings.

MERCURY THEATRE A highly respected regional theatre, presenting a broad mix of classic plays and new writing, and working extensively within the local community. The Mercury will re-open in 2021, following a largescale redevelopment project. Check visitcolchester.com for further updates.

CURZON Film lovers flock to the Curzon Colchester, an independent arthouse cinema situated adjacent to Firstsite. With three screens, two café bars and a roof terrace, visitors can relax and enjoy their time in the creative hub of the town.

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In 2021 Firstsite’s golden glittering curves are ten years old in 2021. Look out for a fantastic programme of international standard exhibitions! Firstsite


Firstsite’s spectacular golden building designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viùoly www.visitcolchester.com

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s d i K r o F t s u Not J COLCHESTER ZOO

COLCHESTER MUSEUMS

Colchester is the proud home to one of Europe’s finest zoos which is set in over 60 acres of parkland and lakes and home to over 200 rare species, many of which are part of breeding programmes. Daily animal displays provide a fascinating day for the whole family all year round.

Colchester’s three fantastic town centre museums have lots to offer visitors - whether you are 9 or 90! At the Castle Museum discover all about Queen Boudica, race a Roman chariot, visit the spooky prisons or simply wonder as history comes to life with an augmented reality tablet tour. Not forgetting to marvel at the many nationally important treasures on display. Nearby and FREE to visit are Hollytrees Museum, an elegant Georgian town house stuffed with treasures including an amazing dolls house which is an exact replica of Hollytrees and its occupants in 1901, and the Natural History Museum housed in Norman All Saints Church, where you can crawl through a badgers set and discover mammoth bones and giant prehistoric shark jaws!

LEISURE WORLD Leisure World is one of East Anglia’s largest venues for sport, leisure, play and entertainment, with plenty of fun for the whole family! Feel the water in your face as you zoom down the flumes, look up at the sky as you ride the outdoor rapids, pop some bubbles in the Castaway Spa Pool, or enjoy a dry activity like a family tennis match.

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These are just a taster of what’s on offer in the area for families and ‘big kids’ of all ages. See more of Colchester’s attractions from page 24.

NORTHERN GATEWAY SPORTS PARK Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park is a brand new 76-acre sports park which is on track to open Easter 2021! With a 1-mile cycle track, wide green spaces and a café, the Sports Park is ideal for family bike rides and picnics. Find out more: colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/ northerngatewaysportspark

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We advise checking ahead with venues prior to visiting for the most up to date opening times and visitor information.

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l il t p o h S p you dro HIGH STREET, CULVER SQUARE AND RED LION WALK Colchester’s High Street and pedestrianised shopping centres are home to big name brands and national retailers. Find your favourite coffee shop and grab a cuppa and sweet treat and take a well-deserved break from the retail therapy.

INDEPENDENT SHOPPING Colchester is packed full of independent stores and boutique cafes and businesses. From Crouch Street to ‘The South Lanes’ you can head out and explore these narrow streets to find everything from 1940’s inspired tearooms, retro clothing and fashion boutiques all offering something that little bit different.

RED LION YARD The historic Red Lion Yard is home to yet more independent boutique shopping and café culture. Meander through this historic setting and explore. These are highlights from the town centre – for more from across the Borough read on, or check out visitcolchester.com Red Lion Yard

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Trinity Street

TRINITY STREET Tucked down one of Colchester’s most picturesque streets you will unearth a treasure trove of unique businesses in a historic setting. Watch out for special events by the Trinity Traders throughout the year. Tymperley’s Tea Room & Garden

Eat around the clock Colchester’s bustling town centre is lined with fantastic places to eat and drink. Our beautiful borough is also scattered with traditional tea rooms and pubs as well as award-winning restaurants. The local area is also famous for its Colchester oysters which you’ll find served fresh from their beds at various restaurants on Mersea Island. Find out more about our culinary delights at visitcolchester.com

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f o h at e r AB Fresh Air HIGHWOODS COUNTRY PARK Escape to the tranquillity of 370 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland, with great views of Colchester. Situated to the North of the town it’s a great place to stretch the legs all year round. Choose a designated path depending on how far you’d like to walk and be lead through bluebell woods, the tranquil lake and wildflower meadows. Visitor Information Centre on site.

CASTLE PARK Nestled in the heart of Colchester’s town centre and home to historic Colchester Castle and Visit Colchester HQ. A rich green award-winning oasis which attracts over 1 million visitors each year. Enjoy music, picnics, play games or simply stroll around this incredible space. Look out for the Roman Wall and enjoy this Victorian park packed with Colchester’s history and heritage.

CUDMORE GROVE COUNTRY PARK Take a trip out of the town centre to Mersea Island and Cudmore Grove Country Park. Find stunning sandy beaches, grassland, meadows and impressive views. Perfect for a spot of relaxation

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and walks with the family. Discover historical sites such as WWII pillboxes and gun emplacements, remains of a 16 Century blockhouse and a cliff that has produced 300,000 year old fossils.

ABBERTON NATURE RESERVE Enjoy a bracing walk around the Essex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve. With a 900m accessible circular footpath enjoy the superb panoramic views of the reserve, head into one of the three bird hides and lose yourself in nature for the day. Complete with a children’s trail, adventure playground and Visitor Centre which has a wellstocked shop, plus café serving refreshments all day.

FINGRINGHOE NATURE RESERVE Sitting on the banks of the River Colne this 200acre nature reserve has a range of habitats to enjoy from heathland, woodland, scrubland and ponds and lakes. Choose from one of ten bird hides to take a moment and enjoy the wildlife from. Discover more in the Visitor Centre which includes gift shop and tearoom. Check our website for more information www.visitcolchester.com/things-to-do

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h g u o r o B eautiful B MERSEA ISLAND No visit to Mersea Island is complete without sampling the native (and world – renowned) Colchester oysters. With its soft golden sand and iconic pastel beach huts Mersea provides some of the region’s most attractive vistas. Everyone who visits Mersea has a favourite memory: watching the sunset, crabbing in the marina, watching the sailboats gliding down the estuary or just feeling the sea breeze or sand in your toes, it’s a place to wind down and relax. With the wildlife spotting and picnics at Cudmore Grove Country Park it’s a year-round destination. Mersea

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Chappel Viaduct

WIVENHOE Follow the riverside Town-to-Sea trail from Colchester to visit Wivenhoe. Lose yourself in the town’s historic lanes and discover independent galleries and shops plus the unique Nottage Museum. If the weather is on your side grab a pint and a portion of chips and enjoy the Quay of an evening! If you don’t fancy the walk it’s a mere 15 minutes by bike (or just five minutes by train!) perfectly located to explore for a change of pace whilst visiting Colchester.

COLNE VALLEY Head west out of Colchester into the scenic and beautiful Colne Valley. Meander along country lanes and picturesque villages, taking in traditional East Anglian timber framed architecture. Make sure you look out for the magnificent Chappel Viaduct, which dominates the local skyline for miles. As the sun pours through its majestic arches, casting dramatic shadows across the rural landscape, it forms a jaw-dropping photo opportunity.

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Layer Marney Tower

CONSTABLE COUNTRY AND THE DEDHAM VALE North-East of Colchester you will discover Constable Country straddling the border between Essex and Suffolk. Now designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) this landscape was inspiration to several great English painters. Hire a rowing boat for a trip down the Stour, or if you’re feeling lazy jump in the ‘Trusty’, an electric pleasure boat plying it’s trade during the summer months between Constable’s birthplace at Flatford Mill (now a National Trust site with tearoom) and picturesque Dedham. Please note roads between these small villages can get very busy at peak times so if boating’s not your thing we recommend a peaceful amble by foot from Dedham to Flatford, or a hop on a bike from Manningtree Station, to best appreciate the quintessential rural English countryside that

inspired Constable, Gainsborough and Sir Alfred Munnings - whose home and studio in Dedham is now a Museum.

COPFORD, LAYER MARNEY AND TIPTREE There’s lots to discover as you travel south west out of Colchester on the old Maldon Road the B1022. The village of Copford is home to a true hidden gem, St Michael of All Angels Church, with its stunning medieval wall paintings depicting a host of angels and the zodiac rendered in a rare Byzantium style. A little further down the road discover the tallest Tudor gatehouse in Britain, the magnificent Layer Marney Tower built in 1520 in a style later used at Hampton Court. Finally conclude your journey still within the Beautiful Borough at the famous teashop and museum at Wilkin & Sons, Tiptree, Britain’s, maybe the world’s, most famous jam makers!

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BURY ST EDMUNDS

Medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares a glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens fill the town with charm. Don’t miss the now legendary Christmas market! 2

HARWICH

Historically one of Britain’s most important port towns it was from here (not Plymouth!) in 1620 that the Mayflower initially set out on its famous voyage. Evidence of Harwich’s long military history can be seen at heritage sites such as the massive Harwich Redoubt. 3

LAVENHAM AND LONG MELFORD

Two of the best preserved medieval wool towns in Britain. Admire the fascinating timber framed architecture that hosts tearooms, pubs and bijoux businesses. Lavenham also doubles up as the birthplace of Harry Potter, Godricks Hollow in the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise.

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ESSEX SUNSHINE COAST

Spanning several seaside towns, each offering something unique, the Essex Sunshine Coasts offers a great day by the sea, whatever your taste. From historic ports to contemporary marinas; pristine beaches to wild fossil hunting; refined coastal walks to traditional seaside entertainment, it can all be found along this stretch of coastline. 5

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Suffolk’s ancient county town is situated on the River Orwell and has a thriving waterfront offering the visitor events, restaurants and boat trips out to the coast. One of several free museums in the town Christchurch Mansion is home to one of the largest and most important collections of paintings by world renowned Suffolk artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. 6

SUFFOLK COAST

A short drive from Colchester, the Suffolk Heritage coast makes a great day out with the family. Head to Aldburgh or Southwold to sample fresh seafood, Adnams ale and fill your lungs with sea air!

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MALDON

Smell the salt from the salt marshes, listen to sailboats masts clinking, or let the kids splash around (weather permitting) at the Promenade and splash park. Historic inns, churches and fine medieval buildings are a short walk up Market Hill. 8

SAFFRON WALDEN

Discover Saffron Walden a buzzing market town in Essex. Take a leisurely stroll around and take in the surviving medieval buildings and rural charm. Visit the famous Audley End Gardens and railway managed by English Heritage. 9

FURTHER AFIELD...

Colchester is the gateway to East Anglia and the beautiful historic cities of Cambridge and Norwich are within easy reach. We recommend taking the scenic route to Cambridge via the old coaching road, which takes you through quintessentially East Anglian villages full of half timbered cottages. Meanwhile, Norwich is only an hour away by train which takes you into the heart of the City. Last but certainly not least, an outing to London with all its many attractions is again just an hour away.


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BETH CHATTO GARDENS Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB 01206 822007 www.bethchatto.co.uk 7.5 acres of Gravel, Water, Woodland, Reservoir and Scree Gardens. A large modern tea room, plant nursery and gift shop.

CHARTER HALL Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH 01206 573948 www.colchester-events.co.uk Colchester’s premier events venue featuring comedians, bands, orchestras, dance, specialist exhibitions and fairs and private functions.

BOURNE MILL Brambly Hedge Trail, Abberton Reservoir

ABBERTON RESERVOIR Visitor Centre, Church Road, Layer-de-laHaye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU 01206 738172 www.essexwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/ abberton Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, at a site of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nesting cormorants, common terns and nightingales. Bird hides and nature trails including the Brambly Hedge Sculpture Trail. Shop selling gifts, optics and wildlife books.

AQUA SPRINGS Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH 01206 282010 www.aqua-springs.co.uk The ultimate health spa experience. Providing you with a complete environment of rest and relaxation, to soothe, revitalise and transform. Try the range of beauty and relaxation treatments.

Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT 01206 549799 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bourne-mill A National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped ‘Dutch’ gables. Set in tranquil grounds with plenty of wildlife and a walking trail, the mill also features a working waterwheel.

CASTLE PARK High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ 01206 282962 www.colchester.gov.uk/castle-park

Beth Chatto Gardens

CHILDSPLAY ADVENTURELAND Clarendon Way, North Station, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1XF 01206 366566 www.childsplayadventureland.co.uk

The jewel in Colchester’s crown – an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour boasting a children’s play area, boating lake, cafe and adventure golf.

Childsplay Adventureland is the premier indoor play facility for under-11s (maximum height 4’ 5”). We have special areas for babies, toddlers and youngsters as well as a pleasant atmosphere for parents. On site café.

CHAPPEL GALLERIES

COGGESHALL GRANGE BARN

15 Colchester Road, Chappel, Essex, CO6 2DE 01206 240326 www.chappelgalleries.co.uk Set in the picturesque Colne Valley, Chappel Galleries overlooks the 32 arch Victorian Chappel Viaduct. The Gallery displays and sells work by professional artists who are either from or have a connection with the region.

The National Trust, Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1RE 01376 562226 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/grange-barn/ Grange Barn stands as a reminder of the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey. Built sometime after 1240, the pillars soar to a cathedral-like roof.

As we all continue to deal with the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic we would advise anyone heading to any of our Colchester attractions to ensure they call ahead or check the attractions website and social media to ensure they have all the correct information before they visit. If in doubt get in touch with the friendly Visit Colchester team on our social media @VisitColchester, call us on 01206 282920 or email us at vic@colchester.gov.uk and we will be happy to help!

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COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF 01206 500900 www.colchesterartscentre.com The home of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children’s shows, clubs, farmers’ markets, gigs and more.

COLCHESTER CASTLE MUSEUM Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ 01206 282939 www.cimuseums.org.uk/castle Colchester Castle is Europe’s largest Norman Keep and is one of the region’s leading heritage attractions. With a unique mix of fascinating displays and the latest technology, there is lots for your family to explore and discover.

Colchester Zoo

COLCHESTER ZOO Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL 01206 331292 www.colchester-zoo.com

Colchester Castle

COLCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB JobServe Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP 01206 755100 www.cu-fc.com Colchester United Football Club was formed in 1937. They currently play in League 2. The stadium hosts numerous events and is home to the official Colchester United shop.

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CUDMORE GROVE Country Park, Bromans Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE 01206 383868 www.explore-essex.com

One of Europe’s finest zoos with over 220 species, set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. Visit habitats and animals from around the world.

Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a coastalthemed play area, sandy beach and open grassland. Perfect for picnics and great views.

COLNE VALLEY RAILWAY

CURZON CINEMA

Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ 01787 461174 www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk One-mile length of line with re-located buildings and a large collection of heritage rolling stock, steam and diesel locomotives, miniature and model railways. Special events including Thomas and Steam with Santa.

Roman House, 19 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PH 0333 3210104 www.curzoncinemas.com Curzon Colchester is an independent arthouse cinema with three screens, showing the best of quality mainstream including family films, independent gems and events. Two café bars and a roof terrace.


FIRSTSITE

DEDHAM ART AND CRAFT CENTRE

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH 01206 713700 www.firstsite.uk

High Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AD 01206 322666 www.dedhamartandcraftcentre.co.uk

A unique gallery in the heart of Colchester, offering a constantly changing programme of exhibitions, film screenings, performances, activities and events for young and old.

This beautifully converted church showcases the work of over 60 creative artisans and the inspired buying skills of specialist retailers. Tea room offering favourite tea room fayre.

FLATFORD: BRIDGE COTTAGE

DEDHAM VALE VINEYARDS

Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL 01206 298260 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford

Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TS 01206 271136 www.dedhamvalevineyard.com 40-acre site including seven acres of vines and a variety of trails through woodland, around lakes and wildflower meadows. Selfguided tours and tastings of our wines. Winery powered by wind and sun-generated energy.

East Anglian Railway Museum

A delightful 16th-century cottage just minutes from Flatford Mill. Why not visit the Constable exhibition then sit by the river and enjoy a freshly baked cake at the National Trust tea room and find a gift in the shop?

EAST ANGLIAN RAILWAY MUSEUM Chappel Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS 01206 242524 www.earm.co.uk A living museum situated in the beautiful Colne Valley. Explore the wide collection of steam trains, diesel locomotives and vintage carriages, as well as the Victorian buildings and working signal boxes.

FINGRINGHOE WICK VISITOR CENTRE South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN 01206 729678 www.essexwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/ fingringhoe

Curzon Cinema

Nature reserve with over 200 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair access, bird hides, gift shop and visitor centre. Friendly atmosphere. CafĂŠ and refreshments available.

Bridge Cottage, Flatford

GNOME MAGIC Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HU 01206 231390 www.gnomemagic.co.uk Gnome Magic is an unusual treat. Enjoy the delightful garden which blends into an amazing wood where the growing number of over 800 gnomes and their friends live. Guaranteed to bring a little sunshine.

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GO BANANAS! 9&10 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1BX 01206 761762 www.go-bananas.co.uk

Hollytrees Museum

Go Bananas Play centre has over 20 years of experience in keeping the kids entertained! Tiny Town is a large separate area for those monkeys aged 4 and under. For those aged 5-12 years there is a three level Aztec Adventure frame. For the brave there is a 6m climbing wall. Go Bananas offers a wide variety of inclusive children’s parties and parties for adults too!

GOSBECKS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK Gosbecks Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 4RN 01206 282920 The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the country. Enjoy a walk and discover the highlights of the site with the interpretation boards around the Park.

HEADGATE THEATRE 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AT 01206 366000 www.headgatetheatre.co.uk The home of amateur theatre in Colchester. Hosting a variety of productions throughout the year, from classic and modern drama to musical theatre and standup comedy nights. Box Office open Tuesday- Friday 1:00pm3:45pm.

High Woods Country Park

HIGH WOODS COUNTRY PARK Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR 01206 853588 www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark

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Three centuries of fascinating toys, domestic items and arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house set in Castle Park. Free entry. Home to the VisitColchester Information Centre, the place to buy gifts and souvenirs.

Trinity Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JN Colchester’s only surviving Saxon building featuring an arrowhead (triangle arches) doorway in the tower and re-used Roman bricks. The churchyard contains the burial place of William Gilberd, discoverer of electromagnetism and Physician to Queen Elizabeth I.

20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane. Now a plantsman’s paradise full of unusual plants for all-year round colour.

Holy Trinity Church

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG 01206 282940 www.cimuseums.org.uk/hollytrees

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

GREEN ISLAND GARDENS Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7SP 01206 230455 www.greenislandgardens.co.uk

HOLLYTREES MUSEUM

370 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland with path network, including circular walks and easy access trail. Visitor Centre and three play areas for children of all ages.

JUMP STREET 21 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1BX 01206 911035 www.jumpstreet.co.uk Colchester’s first sole-purpose trampoline park. Over 100 interconnecting trampolines create a 20,000 square foot bounce space which includes free-bounce areas, basketball nets, a foam pit and two dodgeball courts.


LAKESIDE THEATRE University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ 01206 873261 www.lakesidetheatre.org.uk Lakeside Theatre is a hidden gem. It presents great performances, original theatre, children’s shows, contemporary music, comedy nights and local groups. Set in parkland with café, lakes, sculptures and ducks.

MARKS HALL GARDENS AND ARBORETUM Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TG 01376 563796 www.markshall.org.uk A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape, provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall.

MERCURY THEATRE Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk A highly respected regional theatre, presenting a broad mix of classic plays and new writing, as well as working extensively within the local community. The Mercury will re-open with an exciting new season in Spring 2021, following a large-scale redevelopment project.

LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US 01206 330784 www.layermarneytower.co.uk

Layer Marney Tower

Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th-century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings, dolls house, church and farm animals. Café and shop.

Leisure World

LEISURE WORLD COLCHESTER Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH 01206 282000 www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk Leisure World Colchester is one of East Anglia’s largest sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment venues and offers year-round fun for all the family. The leisure pool includes outside river rapids ride, water cannons and flumes.

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MERSEA BOATING LAKE Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Essex, CO5 8SX 07904196238 www.merseaboatinglake.com A 6 acre man made salt water lake, located by the sea with private beach access. A family friendly lake offering water sports activities for all ages and abilities, including paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing.

MERSEA ISLAND MUSEUM 12 High Street, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8QD 01206 385191 www.merseamuseum.org.uk Exhibits of Mersea’s social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing industry, including a fisherman’s cottage display. Special exhibitions and gift shop.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN 01206 282941 www.cimuseums.org.uk/naturalhistory Discover more about local wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at this family friendly museum. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition. Free entry.

NORTHERN GATEWAY SPORTS PARK Axial Way, Junction 28 of the A12 01206 282000 www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/ northerngatewaysportspark/ A 76 acre site, providing indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities. Perfect for individuals, groups and schools, facilities include a five court sports hall, 1 mile floodlit cycle track, archery and fitness suite. On site café.

THE NOTTAGE MUSEUM Nottage Maritime Institute, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9BX 01206 824142 www.nottage.org.uk

The Munnings Art Museum

THE MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ 01206 322127 www.munningsmuseum.org.uk Explore the home and studios of Sir Alfred Munnings, PPRA and enjoy over 150 paintings and drawings from his collection which are displayed throughout his house.

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One of the country’s oldest institutions teaching yachting skills, it is also a repository for documents, pictures and artefacts, with a fine library, relating to the Maritime History of the River Colne and Wivenhoe in particular. Open to the public at weekends during the summer months and at other times by appointment. For details see website.

ODEON CINEMA Head Street, Colchester, CO1 1NH www.odeon.co.uk The ODEON Colchester is a fully digital eight screen cinema showing RealD 3D. Treat yourself at our Costa Coffee shop or a Ben and Jerry’s at our ice-cream parlour.

Natural History Museum

PAYCOCKE’S HOUSE & GARDEN 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS 01376 561305 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ paycockes-house-and-garden Built in the 16th century, this attractive half-timbered merchant house is a grand example of wealth generated by the cloth trade.

PUTT IN THE PARK St Peter’s Street, Lower Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1HL 01206 579499 www.puttinthepark.com Adventure golf course and clubhouse café, set in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Castle Park.

ROLLERWORLD AND QUASAR Eastgates, Moorside, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TJ 01206 868868 www.rollerworld.co.uk DX’s Rollerworld is Europe’s finest roller skating rink, with a 25m x 50m Canadian maple wood floor and spectacular sound and light show. Test your aim and battle skills with the ultimate laser tag experience at Quasar.


Roman Circus Visitor Centre

ROMAN CHURCH Southway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3BU 01206 282920 Dating from the 4th century, these foundations are thought to be those of the earliest known Christian church in Britain.

ROMAN CIRCUS VISITOR CENTRE Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ 01206 501785 www.romancircus.co.uk Discovered in 2005, this former chariot racing track dates from around 200AD and is the first to be found in the UK. Spectacular in nature, it would have provided seating for 8000 spectators.

ROMAN THEATRE Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1TT 01206 282920 The remains of the Roman theatre in the town centre can best be seen in Maidenburgh Street in the Dutch Quarter. Look for the darker paving in the road showing the outline of the theatre’s walls.

ROMAN WALL/ BALKERNE GATE Balkerne Passage, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3AA 01206 282920 Colchester’s Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain. It was built to defend Colchester after the Boudican rebellion in AD60 and includes Balkerne Gate, the original main entrance to the town.

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ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS CHURCH, COPFORD Off Aldcar Road, Copford Green, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1DG 01206 211494 www.copfordchurch.org.uk Celebrated 12th-century apsidal church with magnificent medieval wall frescoes cleaned and restored in the 20th century. The paintings show a strong Byzantine influence in content and design and were uncovered from behind a coating of 16th-century whitewash. Guided tours by pre-arrangement.

St Botolph’s Priory

ST BOTOLPH’S PRIORY Priory Street, Colchester, Essex CO2 7EE 01206 282920 www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/ places/colchester-st-botolphs-priory The first English Augustinian priory founded at the end of the 11th century. Substantial and picturesque ruined remains survive today under the care of English Heritage.

ST JOHN’S ABBEY GATE St John’s Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ 01206 282920 www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/ places/st-johns-abbey-gate/ This elaborate pinnacled 15th-century gatehouse in East Anglian flushwork, is the sole survivor of the Benedictine abbey of St John. It was stormed by Parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War siege of 1648.

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The Sentinel Gallery St John’s Abbey Gate

THE SENTINEL GALLERY Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9DX 01206 827490 www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk An art gallery located in the heart of Wivenhoe, hosting regularly changing exhibitions of local artists. The ‘Open Space’ gallery is available for hire to local artists, performers and art groups.

WILKIN AND SONS LTD TIPTREE Wilkins Jam Factory, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0RF 01621 815407 www.tiptree.com Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family, where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made. Delightful museum, tea room and gift shop.


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Visit Colchester Information Centre @ Hollytrees Museum For the best advice on where to visit, things to do and places to stay. As well as details of Colchester guided tours, free town centre map and the place to buy local gifts and souvenirs. Guided Walking Tours Available All Year Round Camulodunum to Colchester guided walks run throughout the year, bookable through the Visitor Information Centre. Led by official ITG Blue and Green badge guides, they are the perfect way to discover Britain's First City and Colchester's historic hidden treasures. Visit Colchester Information Centre, Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG call: 01206 282920 e-mail: vic@colchester.gov.uk open: For details see www.visitcolchester.com /VisitColchester

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Marks Tey Hotel

AA 4 SILVER Star Hotel

Rooms 26 | Ensuite 26 | Double 22 | Twin 1 | Single 3 Prices £120 prpnb to £250 prpnb

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG 01206 575913 @GreyFriarsHotel reservations@greyfriarscolchester.co.uk www.greyfriarscolchester.co.uk GreyFriars is an exquisite Michelin recommended luxury hotel with superb restaurant and lounge bars, opened in 2015. Beautifully appointed with the customer’s comfort and convenience in mind, GreyFriars offers 5* service, comfortable lounges, cosy Club rooms, larger Classic rooms and spacious luxury suites. It is a destination in its own right, the only place to stay when visiting Colchester, Constable Country and this part of East Anglia.

Rooms 24 | Double 10 | King Size Double 7 Executive Double 2 | Suite 1 | Single 3 | Twin 1 Prices £65 to £125 prpnb

51 North Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PY 01206 574001 www.northhillhotel.com info@northhillhotel.com A modern town centre hotel in a Georgian setting. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi, DVD and freeview TV. Our restaurant, The Green Room, offers a traditional British menu with a twist, utilising the best of local produce.

Rooms 110 | Ensuite 110 | Double 53 | Double Executive 12 | Twin 42 | Accessible 2 | Suite 1 Prices £55prpn to £150prpn

London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, 01206 210001 Essex, CO6 1DU @MarksTeyHotel MarksTeyHotel @marksteyhotel info@marksteyhotel.co.uk www.marksteyhotel.co.uk Just a 10 minute drive from Colchester’s historic city centre, guests enjoy free access to the leisure club which includes a spacious indoor pool. Relax in the elegant lounge and enjoy a cocktail before dining in the splendid Brasserie Restaurant which offers a selection of international cuisine, complimented by carefully selected wines.

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Milsoms AA 1 ROSETTE, AA 4 Star Small Hotel

Rooms 15 | Ensuite 15 | Double 9 | Twin 6 Prices £150 to £195 prpnb

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, 01206 322795 Essex, CO7 6HW @milsomhotels milsomhotels @milsomsdedham www.milsomhotels.com milsoms@milsomhotels.com

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The Pier At Harwich AA 4 Star Small Hotel

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Wivenhoe House Hotel AA 4 Star Country House Hotel

Modern, contemporary bar brasserie with 15 stylish en-suite bedrooms. The place to eat, drink and stay in the Dedham Vale. Open for a full à la carte menu all day. No need to book, so no rush.

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Maison Talbooth

Rooms 40 | Ensuite 40 | Double 40 Prices £95 to £214 prpnb

AA 4 RED Star Country House Hotel Rooms 14 | Ensuite 14 | Double 13 | Suite 1 Prices £145 to £215 prpnb

Rooms 12 | Ensuite 12 | Double 8 | Twin 4 Prices £200 to £345 prpnb

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, 01206 322367 Essex, CO7 6HN @Maison_Talbooth maisontalbooth @maisontalbooth www.milsomhotels.com maison@milsomhotels.com Fabulous country house situated overlooking Constable Country and the Dedham Vale. 12 luxurious rooms all individually designed and decorated. Day spa, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool.

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The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH 01255 241212 @pierharwich ThePierHarwich @pieratharwich www.milsomhotels.com pier@milsomhotels.com Situated on the quay in the heart of Harwich, this splendid hotel has been rebuilt and redefined to offer a fabulous restaurant on the first floor with fine views over the Stour and Orwell estuaries. On the ground floor the NAVYÄRD Bar & Terrace is adjacent to the harbour and is open all day.

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, 01206 863666 CO4 3FA @WivenhoeHouse Wivenhoe House @wivenhoehouse www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk info@wivenhoehouse.co.uk Based on the Suffolk, Essex border Wivenhoe House boasts a fantastic location, and there is plenty to see and explore in the local area. The hotel has a stylish brasserie, open every day for lunch and dinner, or if you fancy something special, delicious afternoon tea is served all week. With luxury bedrooms suitable for families, to contemporary classic rooms perfect for a couple’s getaway, Wivenhoe House is the perfect destination for your next break.


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Castellan

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Wakes Hall Lodges

AA 5 Star Self-catering

Units 1 | House 1 | Prices £630-840 pupw Units 1 | Cottage 1 | Prices £200 to £450 per night

4A taylor Court Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UN 07948 407495 www.airbnb.co.uk/ rooms/20040844?source_impression_ id=p3_1600360455_LvSpN9rSlnomEBXR y.farah@uea.ac.uk A self-catering bungalow in the centre of the historic Dutch Quarter of Colchester. 2 minutes’ walk to the High Street, Colchester Castle and Castle Park. 7 minutes’ drive from the A12. 15 minutes’ walk to North Station with regular trains into London.

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Le Talbooth, Gun Hill, Dedham, Essex, 01206 323150 CO7 6HP www.milsomhotels.com/luxury-cottage alex@milsomhotels.com Idle Waters is a self-catering cottage in Dedham for a maximum of four people and available for any number of nights. The accommodation comprises an open plan, fully fitted kitchen and dining area with doors leading out onto the garden and sitting room with inglenook fireplace. The cottage has two delightful bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The cottage is dog friendly so don’t leave them at home!

Units 5 | Lodges 5 | Prices £787 to £1,331pupw

Colchester Road, Wakes Colne, 01206 563222 Essex, CO6 2DY www.wakeslodges.co.uk info@wakeslodges.co.uk @wakeshalllodges wakeshalllodges @wakeshalllodges Take a break in one of our luxury selfcatering lodges surrounded by a private 500-acre estate in the tranquil beauty of the Colne Valley; complete with your own hot tub!

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering

Units 1 | House 1 | Prices £350 to £450 pupw

48 Irvine Road, Colchester, Essex 01206 503677 / 07837 301869 CO3 3TS www.homeaway.co.uk/p8130571 thecolchesternook@gmail.com 4* self-catering accommodation a 15-minute walk from Colchester town centre, perfect for leisure or business. We can accommodate one baby or toddler in a cot. No smoking.

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Rye Farm

Units 4 | Flats 4 | Prices £360 to £590 pupw

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Greenlands Barn

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering, Visit England Gold Award, Visit England ROSE Award 2018

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Birds Farm

VisitEngland 3 Star Self-catering, VisitEngland Gold Award

Rye Lane, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex 01206 734350 / 07976 524276 CO2 0JL www.ryefarm.org.uk peterbunting@btconnect.com Peaceful, rural location on a working farm with views over fields. Comfortably furnished to a high standard. Four miles from Colchester. Close to Abberton Reservoir and Colchester Zoo. Convenient for Mersea Island, Layer Marney Tower and Beth Chatto Gardens.

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Units 1 | House 1 | Prices £400 to £450 pupw

Lamberts Lane, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2LE 01787 224895 / 0771 539 4660 www.greenlandsfarm.co.uk greenlandsfarm@outlook.com Heavily timbered converted Essex Barn for two people in the countryside. Comfortable ground floor accommodation with private garden and parking. Ideal for touring or a restful break. Short breaks available. Convenient for Colchester, Constable Country, NT properties, RHS and Beth Chatto gardens and Coast. Adjacent to ancient woodland and countryside footpaths. Wi Fi available and a welcome pack provided.

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Swallows Field Glamping Pods

Units 5 | Cottages 5 Prices £325 to £625 pupw

School Lane, Elmstead, Colchester, 01206 823838 Essex, CO7 7EY www.birds-farm.co.uk birdsfarm@btconnect.com Open all year, a group of five cottages on a non working farm, which were originally farm buildings. Four are on ground level and all equipped for a comfortable stay. The heated outdoor pool is open May- September. Other facilities include a games room. In a semi rural location, less than two miles from the University and Beth Chatto gardens. It’s an ideal base for visiting the Essex and Suffolk coastline, as well as nearby Colchester.

Units 3 | Pods 3 | Prices From £520 pupw. From £170 for 2 nights (Oct-March) From £255 for 3 nights (April – Sept)

6 Heath Cottages, Heath Road, Fordham Heath, 01206 240626 Colchester, CO3 9TN SwallowsFieldGlampingPods @swallowfieldpodswiththewarrens www.swallowsfieldglampingpods.co.uk hello@swallowsfieldglampingpods.co.uk Luxury adult only pods situated on our landscaped paddock, overlooking the Colne Valley and containing everything you need for a self-catering holiday. Available all year round, the pods are dog friendly and have enclosed gardens. Linen chargeable. Hot tub hire available.


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Mersea Island Holiday Park

Visit England 4 Star Holiday Park

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Waldegraves Holiday Park

Waldegraves Lane, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SE 01206 382898 @waldegraves waldegraves.co.uk

BELLAMY GOLD, AA HOLIDAY CENTRE, VisitEngland 4 Star Static Caravans, Camping and Touring Park

@waldegravesholidaypark www.waldegraves.co.uk holidays@waldegraves.co.uk

Units 25+ | Caravans 25+ Static Caravans – Sleeps 2-8 Graded, Comfort, Superior & Luxury | Prices From £113 to £176 for 3 nights

Mersea Island Holiday Park, Fen Lane, 01442 508850 Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UA @AwayResortsUK AwayResortHolidays www.awayresorts.co.uk/mersea-island enquiries@awayresorts.co.uk Welcome to Mersea Island. Located by the exquisite Essex coastline, boasting picturesque views and fantastic facilities. Mersea Island is the perfect holiday getaway for couples, families, groups, the young and the young at heart. With views across the Blackwater Estuary which you can enjoy as you stroll along our private beach, take a dip in our heated indoor pool or enjoy a drink from our Muddy Duck Clubhouse.

Escape to the coast and enjoy a break on the beautiful Mersea Island. There’s so much to do on park, with great facilities, including an outdoor heated pool and restaurant, as well as fishing lakes, bike hire, crazy golf, pitch & putt, driving range and even a FootGolf course! Day visitors welcome.

Units 330 | Pitches 300 | Caravans 30 Prices Touring £20 to £45 per night, Caravans £189 to £499 per short break

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Planning your stay We hope that this brochure has tempted you to spend a few days in Colchester. These pages will help you with your travel plans. 40 www.visitcolchester.com


Getting to Colchester is easy. . By Rail

By Cycle

There are frequent direct services between Colchester and London Liverpool Street (50 minutes), Norwich (one hour), and the east coast resorts of Clacton, Frinton and Walton (30 minutes) and Harwich International Port (30 minutes).

Route 1 of the National Cycle Network runs through Colchester. Route 1 goes from Dover to Inverness, but there is a spur to Harwich International Port from Colchester town centre.

National Express Coach Services There are daily services linking Colchester to all principal towns and cities in Britain. The Visit Colchester Information Centre has timetable details.

By Road There is good access to Colchester from all parts of the country via the A12, M25 and A14. A 1000-space park and ride facility is located at junction 28 of the A12 and is served by a frequent and direct service into the town centre. For more details on planning your journey, please contact the Visit Colchester Information Centre or the AA.

By Sea Colchester is only 30 minutes from Harwich International Port via the A120. A passenger service from Harwich is operated by Stena Line to and from the Hook of Holland.

By Air Stansted (London’s third international airport) is just 50 minutes away from Colchester by road via the A12/A120.

Useful telephone numbers: Stansted Airport information and enquiries desk. Tel: 0844 335 1803 National Rail Enquiry Service for information about rail services nationally. Tel: 03457 484950 National Express Coach services enquiry line. Tel: 0871 781 8181 www.nationalexpress.com For enquiries about sailing to the Netherlands from Harwich call Stena Line. Tel: 08447 707070 www.stenaline.co.uk

Traffic information Traffic information updates are given frequently on the following radio stations: Heart Colchester 96.1fm, BBC Radio Essex 103.5fm and BBC Suffolk 103.9fm.

Parking in Colchester It’s easy to park in Colchester, just follow the signs showing availability. With

over 4000 car park spaces across the town centre and easy main road access, there’ll be sites and deals to suit you. The awarding of the Police Park Mark status for safer parking, will reassure you of a clean, lit environment with surveillance in place. Great value awaits in car parks in the heart of the town, near to the shops, museums, Colchester Castle, Castle Park and more, just a short walk away. The nearest car park to Colchester Castle and the Visit Colchester Information Centre is the award-winning Priory Street. Choose from our great value parking deals at locations including St. Mary’s, just three minutes’ stroll from the High Street, or stay all day at Butt Road or Napier Road. On Sundays, it is just £1 to park all day in selected car parks. Pay for parking with the easy to use, contactless MiPermit payment system, whether you’re new to Colchester or a returning visitor. Use the secure, cashless online or phone payment system and access our best parking deals which are exclusive to MiPermit users too. For more information on all of Colchester’s car parks, best deals and using MiPermit www.colchester.gov.uk/parking

Park your car and enjoy a relaxed journey into town with Colchester's Park and Ride Service

For more information visit www.visitcolchester.com

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A 1 3 3 To A12 London

Car Park

NCN51 Wivenhoe & Harwich


All Day Dining * AA

* Fabulous Rooms & Suites * Michelin Recommended

Children Welcome * On site Parking

Two minutes’ walk to the Castle, Hollytrees, Firstsite & the Town Centre GREYFRIARS • top of East Hill • High Street • Colchester • CO1 1UG Tel: +44 (0)1206 575 913 Fax:+ 44 (0)1206 621 915 Email: reservations@greyfriarscolchester.co.uk www.greyfriarscolchester.co.uk

A 5* welcome awaits

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VisitColchester

Visit Colchester Visitor Information Centre, Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG Tel: 01206 282920 vic@colchester.gov.uk

Ruins of St Botoloph’s Augustinian Priory Church, Colchester

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