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About Colchester 


Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 250 species in 60 acres. You can see “Playa Patagonia” with its 24 metre tunnel under the water to view sea lions swimming above your head and “Dragons of Komodo” for the infamous Komodo Dragons.  At the “Spirit of Africa” you can see the breeding group of African elephants and at “Kingdom of the Wild” there’s Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes in a huge savannah style enclosure - Just like being on safari!


The Mercury Theatre is situated in Balkerne Gardens overlooking one of the original Roman gates of Colchester, just a couple of minutes walk from the Town Centre.

It is a very well established provincial theatre and home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classics and new writing (comedy, drama, musicals etc) as well as working extensively in the local community.

In addition, the Mercury is a venue for the very best touring theatre and entertainment, as well as providing a platform for local performing arts groups.



Located in the historic town of Colchester between East Hill and Queen Street, firstsite:newsite is a different kind of art gallery, it is a place where art can be an everyday event and a transforming experience. It opened in autumn 2011 and houses world class exhibition spaces, dedicated education spaces, an auditorium and meeting rooms, a resource centre showcasing the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, a shop selling work by local artists and a drop-in cafe/restaurant.

firstsite:newsite, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Hayes Davidson CGI, 2006


The Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market Colchester, began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside. 5 Acres of attractively landscaped garden with many unusual plants, shown in a wide range of conditions from hot and dry to water gardens. Famous Gravel Garden and woodland. Open all year round, March - October 9am to 5pm, November - February 9am to 4pm.Large plant nursery and Tea Room.

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