Park Opening Times
1 April – 30 April 7.30am to 8pm
1 May – 31 Aug 7.30am to 9pm
1 Sep – 14 Sep 7.30am to 8pm
15 Sep – 30 Sep 7.30am to 7.30pm
1 Oct – 14 Oct 7.30am to 7pm
15 Oct – 31 Oct 7.30am to 6pm
1 Nov – 28 Feb 7.30am to 5pm
1 March – 14 March 7.30am to 6pm
15 March – 31 March 7.30am to 7pm
Pipes in the Park
Sunday 9th June 2019 from 10:00 – 17:30
Sunday 16th June 2019 from 10:00 – 17:30
2019 is the 27th year that pipe bands have come from all over southern England to compete in a mini Highland Gathering in the glorious setting of Colchester’s Lower Castle Park.  Highland dancers add to the Scottish atmosphere with their colourful dancing outfits. There will also be a display from the Corps of Drums from KEGS CCF (King Edward’s Grammar School Combined Cadet Force). A great range of craft stalls, food and drink outlets and children’s fairground rides.
Young Childrens Festival June 2019
Saturday June 15 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm and FREE
The Young Children’s Festival (YCF) is an annual event (since 1995) in Castle Park providing an inclusive, fun day out for young families with free activities like art, craft, sport, music and dance plus the aim of signposting to sources of advice and support. We aim to make all families feel included, whatever their background, needs or means. A funfair and a range of food stalls are also available.
Colchester Medieval Festival & Oyster Fayre Market
Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th June 2019
“A tour de force in medievalism that’s the biggest of its type in Europe” – The Sunday Times
This Sunday Times comment sums up the wonderful Fayre and Market. Medieval stalls selling all sorts of wonderful historic crafts, entertainers from the period. Children enthralled by the story tellers. Music wafting from every corner.
Mummers, mimers, rymers, beggars, peddlars. Just soak up the atmosphere of the market. Revel in the joys of the fayre. Modern craft area. Wonderful food court with medieval and modern delicacies. Picnic areas. ‘The Pikestaff Inn’ selling real ale, mead, wines and chilled lagers.
Walk for a Miracle June 2019
June 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and £5
Colchester Miracle Babies has organised a family sponsored walk to be held in Colchester Castle Park on Sunday 23rd June 2019. It is to raise money for Colchester Hospitals Neonatal Unit who look after premature and sick babies. Registration starts at 10:00 with the walk beginning at 10:30 where we will walk a 5km course starting at the bandstand and finishing at the bandstand.
The Colchester Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th June 2019
Now in its 15th successful year set in Colchester’s beautiful Castle Park. There will be lots of old favourites and this year we have some new and exciting stalls and products to tempt you.
Featuring over 100 different stalls with local and international food and drink. There will be so much to see and try. Why not make a picnic or pick up lots of food and drink to take home.
The Pikestaff Inn real ale bar will also feature lots of different ciders and good cold lager.
In 2019 you can enjoy champagne, Prosecco and cocktails at our new bar and you can learn how to make the perfect cocktail at our Cocktail Creative Classes. Our Celebrity Chef Kitchen will be performing all day and of course is FREE.
Relax in the wonderful atmosphere of this much loved festival. You can have a picnic, listen to the music. Stroll around the stalls trying some of the artisan produced local goodies. Inside the Festival with FREE entry is the Colchester Rose Show. Over 100 years old, the show has some lovely exhibits. And YOU can enter, perhaps even win one of the silver trophies (see Rose Show Classes button below).
The entrance price is £4.00 for adults and with FREE parking in Kings Meadow it makes it the cheapest day out for all the family. We strive to be disabled friendly and always welcome suggestions on how we can improve. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Race for Life July 2019
July 14 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and £10 – £14.99
The Race for Life is anything but a race. It’s your time to get together with friends and family and show cancer it won’t win. It’s not about being the fittest or the fastest, it’s about crossing the finish line any way you want. Let’s rally, raise money and beat cancer. Beating cancer doesn’t take gold medal-winning athletes. It takes someone much more important; you.
Essex Castle Bike Ride Jul 2019
July 20 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
A great day’s cycling starting in Colchester, the ride offers three beautiful circular routes of 25, 50 or 75 miles, taking you along the quiet country lanes and through the picturesque villages of North Essex. The King’s Ride – 25 miles into the Stour Valley. The Horses Ride – 50 miles to Castle Hedingham. The Wall Ride – 75 miles to Finchingfield to take tea & cake in this picture postcard village.
Tom Jones - Live in Castle Park
Sunday 21st July 2019
Global superstar Tom Jones is set to perform at Colchester Castle Park on Sunday 21 July 2019 in what promises to be an unforgettable evening of entertainment this summer.
Tom Jones’ distinctive voice and iconic records have earned him a place as one of the best loved artists ever to emerge from the 1960s with an eclectic musical mix spanning pop, rock, soul, R&B, dance, country and gospel. He is unequivocally a living legend.
With a career spanning six decades and more than 100 million record sales under his belt, including hits such as It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah and What’s New Pussycat, his popularity as a live performer continues at a pace unrivalled in the industry, with some of the best reviews of his career hailing from his most recent albums Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame.
Tom is also a popular TV figure, currently reprising his role as a coach on ITV’s The Voice, having returned after his huge success as the mentor for last year’s winner Ruti, previously also mentoring Into the Ark who reached the final in 2017.
The concert at Colchester Castle Park on Sunday 21 July 2019 will feature a collection of Tom’s most popular hits across the decades, including his latest albums.
Tears for Fears Colchester Castle Park July 2019
July 28 @ 4:00 pm
Tears For Fears will perform in Essex this summer! The iconic duo have announced a very special concert at Colchester Castle Park on Sunday 28 July 2019, bringing their extensive catalogue of hits to Colchester in what promises to be an incredible evening of music. Following on from a hugely successful indoor Arena Tour, Tears For Fears have announced that they will play only a select number of outdoor summer shows and Colchester Castle Park has been chosen as one.
The Nearly Festival 2019
Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August 2019
The Regions No.1 tribute band festival is coming back to Colchester in 2019 ?
In 2018 The Nearly Festival featured at Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich, Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds, the Colchester Castle Park & at the Suffolk Showground in Ipswich!
TNF is an affordable alternative to the bigger touring festivals & features 14 of the UK’s best touring tribute acts live on stage, a ‘Kidzone’ with cool kids attractions & activities, a tasty & local ‘Street Food Market’ & a pub priced ‘Pub in the Park’ !
Events showcase local businesses, stalls and vendors with a chosen local charity partner*
2 days of fun for all ages, day or weekend tickets available & under 5’s go free!
The Gift September 2019
September 3 @ 8:00 am - September 14 @ 5:00 pm and £10
Packing Shed Theatre Company present a new promenade play based on the real life events surrounding the restoration of Colchester Castle in Georgian times. Charles is getting married and his scheming mother-in-law has presented him with a backhanded gift. Unfortunately he must accept the gift to keep his bride happy but it’s almost certainly going to make him bankrupt. So being the self-made man that he is, Charles comes up with a plan, determined the gift will be his greatest.

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