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
Colchester Town & Country Fair
Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2019
Now in its 10th year this popular family event takes place in pretty Lower Castle Park right in the heart of historic Colchester Town. Arena entertainment will include birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment with and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy. Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands. Fully catered & with a licensed bar. And on Sunday at this event we are proud to host The Fun Family Companion Dog Show (Companion Dog Show Schedule) so bring along a canine friend and have a go (all proceeds from entries go to Marie Curie care)
Craig David LIVE in Castle Park
Sunday 2nd June 2019
Global superstar Craig David and his full live band will perform at Colchester Castle Park, on Sunday 2 June, bringing an arsenal of hits and his signature dynamic performance to his only full concert in Essex in 2019. 
He will be joined by international DJ Sigala, who will be bringing a live full band set, following a smash hit performance from chart-topping artist and songwriter Becky Hill. And getting the crowd into the party will be the rising star DJ Nathan Dawe. 
In the wake of massive success of his 2018 tour, Colchester will form part of a limited number of concerts across the UK in the summer of 2019, bringing Craig’s warmth and a phenomenal live show that includes the all the hit singles such as 7 Days, Walking Away, When the Bassline Drops, Nothing Like This, Heartline and I Know You.
Pipes in the Park
Sunday 9th June 2019 from 10:00 – 17:30
Sunday 16th June 2019 from 10:00 – 17:30
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.
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.
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.
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!

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