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Looking for Things to do in Colchester with the Kids?

We bring you our top family activities for when the weather warms up…

Half-term is the perfect time to take a break, spend some valuable time with loved ones and make the most of the beautiful spring weather, but the family friendly staff at our hotel in Colchester know it’s not always easy to find ways to keep the kids entertained during the holidays. With this in mind, we have put together a handy list of interesting and exciting things to do in the local and surrounding area to keep the whole family happy.


Half Term at Colchester Zoo

With daily encounters, interactive feeds and fantastic indoor and outdoor play areas, Colchester Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Enjoy learning about how the zoo helps keep animals safe and make the most of the opportunity to quiz the keepers about the animals and their natural habitats.


The Colchester Medieval Festival & Oyster Fayre Market

Named by the Sunday Times as one of Britain’s best days out, this medieval festival is not to be missed. An authentic fayre from days of old, with period entertainment including falconry, armed combat, archery, puppetry, storytelling, music and dance, the event provides a fantastic day out with a little dose of history thrown in.


Butterfly Bonanza! at Beth Chatto Gardens

Get your little ones outside this half term and join in the fun at the Butterfly Bonanza at Beth Chatto Gardens on Tuesday 30th May. Learn all about the different types of beautiful butterflies, test yourself on the trail, have a go at the caterpillar hunt challenge and make your own butterfly flower pot to take home as an eclectic keepsake.


Nearly Festival

Nearly Festival is a family friendly live music event showcasing the UK’s best live tributes to the world’s all-time favourite bands & artists. This child-friendly weekend features kidzone rides and events, including bouncy world, and acts just for kids. There’s a tasty street food market and well stocked pub in the park for parents to take a moment to relax, too.


We hope this fun filled list of activities will help you find some new and exciting things to do during the school holidays. If you need somewhere to stay, look no further than our hotel near Colchester, Crowne Plaza Colchester – Five Lakes.

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