Today is the big day – after a year delay, Euro 2020 finally kicks off.

The tournament is being held across 12 cities in Europe, but many of the games will be played in Britain.

This includes the final at Wembley on Sunday, July 11.

The first match, Italy against Turkey, kicks off this evening at 8pm.

Gareth Southgate's England team are widely tipped as one of the favourites for the tournament, facing Croatia, Czech Republic and arch-rivals Scotland in their group games.

The first England match against Croatia, the team which beat them in the 2018 World Cup semi-final, takes place on Sunday afternoon.

Sadly, not many of us will be lucky enough to get tickets to the games this summer.

However, there are still options if you’re looking to watch the games with a bit more of an atmosphere.


Here are some of the places where you can watch the games in Colchester town centre:

The Centurion

The North Hill pub was one of the most popular venues for fans during the 2018 World Cup, and this year is likely to be no different.

Photographer Steve Brading captured the jubilant scenes at the pub three-years-ago and let's hope it'll be the same this year.

Find out more here.


Walkabout bars across the UK will be playing the football this summer.

The Head Street venue is one of the most popular bars for sports in Colchester.

You need to book in for the fixtures and it is likely to be very busy.

Find out more at

The Camulodunum

Greene King venues such as The Camulodunum, in High Street, are playing the football this year. 

The firm is even offering a free pint at select venues.

Booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Find out more here.

The Marquis

The North Hill pub is one of the most popular venues for sporting occasions in Colchester.

Tables are available to book, but get in fast.

Find out more here.


Yates in Head Street will be showing games throughout the tournament.

Again it is likely to get very busy so bookings should be made.


What rules will be in place at pubs?

It is hoped Euro 2020 will provide a major boost the UK's struggling hospitality industry, particularly pubs.

However, there will be rules in place at venues to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Face coverings must be worn when not at a table and there's no ordering from a bar, only table service.

Social distancing will be in place, but there is no curfew on drinkers at the moment.

There is talk Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be thinking of removing some restrictions from June 21 - but this is not yet confirmed.

Covid cases are rising so any changes may be delayed. 

Is your pub or bar showing Euro 2020?

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