Local things to do...

We recognise that whether staying with us for a day or for a week, you might want to spend some time offsite.

We've created a handy list of local attractions that we think will make your stay worthwhile, from learning about the history of Colchester to seeing the Elephants of Africa on the plains of the savannah. We're sure you'll find something your group want to do.

Explore below to see what Colchester has to offer...

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 240 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit.

Curve Wake Park

Curve Wake Park offers wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding & ringo rides for anyone over the age of 8. The wake park is based on a lake surrounded by beautiful Essex countryside.

Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier is officially the largest pleasure pier in the UK covering a staggering six and  a half acres. The pier boasts a selection of family fun rides, aquarium, places to eat and beautiful seaside views.

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain. Packed full of history, both local and nationally it's a must.

Brightlingsea Lido

​​Brightlingsea Community Lido is a classic 1930s open air swimming pool right on the coast at Brightlingsea, Essex. Run by the community for the community, it is the place for a few hours of family fun or a regular fitness session.

Colchester Tourist Office

Colchester has many great sights to see, and not always enough time. The tourist office will help you find those hidden gems. Find them in the centre of town, based in Hollytrees Museum within Colchester's historic and beautiful Castle Park. 

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