WE are lucky in Colchester to be surrounded by blissful countryside with pubs, restaurants and scenic walks a plenty.

However, you may not realise there are many other great ways to enjoy time with friends, family, partners and to get the kids excited too.

Here's some of our favourite, alternative ways to have fun in and around Colchester:

Nightflix, Tollgate Centre Shopping Park, Colchester

This unique cinema experience allows film fanatics to simply park-up and tune-in to the movie in order to enjoy it.

If you’re someone who gets peckish while watching, you can order food straight to your car – or bring your own if you’re fussy!

What’s more, the venue is totally dog friendly and welcomes your furry friends.

To see which films are on offer right now and to book, visit here. 

Putt in the Park, Castle Park, Colchester

This exciting and challenging mini golf course has been delighted aspiring golfers since it opened in 2019.

Set in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Castle Park, it has been specially designed to suit all abilities from the novice to the experienced golfer.

The family friendly course also has facilities for a coffee and a cake afterwards to debrief about your performance, or boast if you’re the winner.

To book, visit here.  


Natural History Museum, Shrub End Road, Colchester

Did you know there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or mammoths and hippos used to roam this area?

Colchester’s own Natural History Museum provides the perfect place to discover little-known facts about our fascinating borough’s history.

The whole family can find out more about local wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at this much-loved museum.

For more information, visit here.

Essex Boat Trips, West Mersea, Colchester

Fancy taking a trip out onto the water? Then look no further than the Lady Grace’s unique experience which allows daytrippers the chance to spot seals up close.

The boat itself is a 21ft Matlow which is believed to have been built in the 1960's, although she looks brand new.

Excited guests onboard the boat can jet out to see and be taken around the best spots to cast your eyes on some seals roaming the water.

For more information, visit here


Rollerworld, Colchester

Maybe it’s time you get your skates on and head down to Rollerworld to experience arguably one of Europe’s finest rinks.

There is something for skaters of all levels at the iconic Colchester venue which has delighted families for years.

Visitors could also combine their visit with a step into the battle zone of the future in the laser quest venue.

Bosses at Rollerworld say the laser quest’s recent overhaul means it is better than ever before.

For more information, visit here.