Up and Coming Events at Colchester Museums

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This October Colchester Museums has a wide variety of activities on offer, from half term spooky fun to keep the children occupied, to our Dark Tours and WW1 wartime talks. To find out more information on all our activities please visit https://cimuseums.org.uk/event/activities/ or call 01206 282941.

Head to the Castle for the Ultimate Sleepover

Knightzzz at the Museum returns on Saturday 20 October. This family friendly sleepover at Colchester Castle offers the opportunity to spend the night in the Castle, the largest Norman keep in Europe and site of national historical significance. This is a truly unique experience to see one of the countries most visited tourist attractions after hours, something not many people get to experience.

With a tour of the Castle, lots of family friendly activities and a late night hot chocolate plus breakfast in the morning it promises to be a great Knight for the whole family! Find out how to book here.

Spooktacular Skulls

Get Halloween ready with a half term session of spooky skull crafting. Head to Hollytrees Museum on Tuesday 23 October and join one of the sessions running throughout the morning. Price £5.

Booking is essential please call 01206 282941 to secure your place. Ages 4+ Find out more.

Rib Tickling Tales

Ready to tickle those funny bones this half term? Join the team at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 24 October for some weird and wonderful storytelling fun! Sessions running throughout the morning.

Free event but booking is essential please call 01206 282941 to secure your place. Suitable for all ages. Find out more.

Sherlock Bones

Become master detective Sherlock Bones at Colchester Castle on Thursday 25 October and uncover the secrets of how bones can help unlock clues to the past with fascinating osteoarchaeology sessions throughout the morning.

Make sure you ask about the new Resident Pass when booking to secure unlimited visits for FREE for a year! Price £5 after Castle admission. Suitable for ages 5+. Booking required please call 01206 282941. Find out more.

Dark Tours

Our Dark Tours evening on Friday 26 October is aimed at the older child or adults. Suitable for ages 12 and over, why not join us to explore the keep after hours with our expert guides as they guide you through tales of the darker side of Colchester Castle’s past. Are you brave enough? Tours running at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Price £7.50 Booking essential please call 01206 282941. More information here.

Wartime Tea and Talk

Join us after hours for a very special wartime discovery ‘tea and talk’ at the Castle on Thursday 8 November. Booking essential call 01206 282941. Suitable for all ages.

Tickets £7.50 Find out more here.

Get FREE Entry To Colchester Castle With A Resident Pass

If you live in the Borough you are entitled to purchase a Resident Pass when you next visit the Castle.

At only £9.95 for adults and £4.95 for children if you book holiday activities through the year you will benefit from a large saving as well as unlimited entry to the Castle for a year. Find out more.

Visit Santa at his Magical Castle Grotto

With the help of Santa’s elves, Colchester Castle will be sprinkling plenty of festive cheer and setting up a magical Christmas Grotto in the Castle’s Lucas Vaults, creating a stunning festive atmosphere for families to visit.

Trips to Santa cost just £6.50 which includes a gift for each child. Combine visiting Santa with a trip around the Castle and save money plus remember to ask about the Resident Pass if you are a local! Find out more.


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