Great people, pubs, nightlife, music, food, art....
Needs a park and ride service for visitors
Should be on your list of places to see in Britain
Colchester Zoo has some of the best cat and primate collections in Europe. See a White tiger eye to eye in White Tiger Valley, or get closer to the Zoo's Chimpanzees at Chimp World. Other award winning enclosures include Penguin Shores for the breeding group of Humboldt's Penguins, Serengeti Plains for African lions and Kingdom of the Wild for...more
You will not be disappointed with a visit to this lovely zoo. They really do give their animals the best habitat possible. Each time I go back, I can see where the money has been spent. There are a lot more picnic tables and benches to sit and relax on(update 2009) and there are plants and shrubs everywhere, and this time I went (April 2009, ) the...more
As a city destination for a history vulture, a day trip or weekener to Colchester is worth investigating. It has the longest recorded history of any town in England. Even the historian Tacitus makes mention of it (he would have been great as a VT member). Roman remains therefore abound, although the most important 'must see' is the Norman Castle....more
If you walk behind the castle and either down the path, or up on the grass slope, you can see the beautifully laid out gardens in the park.The best view, and the views which I photographed, were from the grass mound behind the castle.I have had to take 3/4 photographs as the layout is so wide you could not get it all in one frame. So the...more
It was only due to local knowledge that we found this place, as most maps including Google, seem to...more
A very good Holiday Inn but is too far out of town to be able to walk into Colchester which is some...more
An ideal hotel for people interested in history as it is well over 500 years old. The 47 bedrooms...more
Although I live in Vancouver Canada, I do try to make it to the Raj Palace Restuarant whenever I am in the UK, as to me it still has one of the best indian meals anywhere in the world and that includes India! I first started to visit when it opened back in the 1980's and recently called in at the end of August 2011 to have dinner there which, as...more
This breakfast restaurant is exactly in front Adam's home, the place where we used to stay. Usually you never go in a place too much near your home (well, that's how i usually do), but my english friends suggested me to eat a breakfast at Appetites... It was really delicious... English Breakfastmore
Maybe was too late but there was no people eating at this restaurant that night. Just us... Anyway, food was fantastic, and prices really good. So many dishes, we couldn't eat all... we took home all the rest of the food... those special onions... don't ask me to remember that namemore
Well, I have no excuse really. I was warned about this place, I was told it was rough, dirty and the worst place to go in Colchester, bar the STI clinic on a Saturday morning. It would seem most people had the opinion that Route in Colchester was not far off being crammed in a chlamydia infested waiting room. However; on our way through town,...more
INVESTMENT POURS INTO LIQUID REFURBThe launch of the new Liquid and Envy nightclub in Colchester is to receive another £1m investment.It was originally reported that the venue, which replaces the Hippodrome, would receive £1/2m but management have received confirmation of a complete £1.5m investment to completely transform the venue. Colchester’s...more
Colchester bus station is 1 of the embarassments of public transport in UK - giving foreign visitors the impression they've arrived in a 3rd world banana republic. NO digital timetable - no sector map to inform as to what service leaves from which bay - inadequate shelters over bays & no waiting room, so on rainy days, passengers just get soaked....more
Colchester has two stations. Colchester itself is a major station on the line from London that serves Ipswich, Harwich and Norwich. Colchester Town is a small station tucked away on the other side of the town centre. It is much closer to the centre of Colchester, but you usually have to change at Colchester and there are only two trains an hour. I...more
Colchester has a shopmobility scheme that provides hand propelled and electric wheelchairs and electric scooters to help people with limited mobility to shop and enjoy the facilities in the town centre.
You do need to register as a member of Shopmobility before using any of the equipment.
Monday to Friday 10a.m. - 4.pm.
You will need to book in advance your first visit to Colchester Shopmobility where you will be asked to complete a registration form and produce two pieces of positive identification.
A member of staff will show you how the equipment works and spend time with you practicing in the specially adapted Shopmobility garden until you are confident. Then off to shop!!!
What to pay: Membership fee and charges
The annual membership fee is £6.00. a day membership is £4,00.
charge for use of equipment is £1, per visit.
is it a lentil dish or honey? we are still waiting you to decide in public . . . but whilst so happy as the teruel's lovers
Firstsite is Colchester's megabuck arts facility, that was supposed to put the town on the map & support its claim to city status...
It's set inside an ultra-modern building, that's an acquired taste to look at, & which cost more than its originally allotted £10million budget, & took a year longer than forecast, to complete...
In other words, a typical public sector spending spree, of the sort that justifies my contention that Britain is more Soviet than the Soviet Union, but with less of the advantages if you cannot gain employment in the public sector...
Colchester already had art galleries, for those who wished to visit them, so just why all this time & money had to be devoted to the Firstsite project, is a cause to ? what democracy really means...
A lot of folk might be impressed by the place, but neither they, nor its critics, were consulted about it, even though it's all supposed to be in aid of the public education & appreciation of the arts...
I'm an artist myself, so I'm not writing this in an anti-arts tirade, but it does bother me that so much public sector funding goes towards art(y) projects, such as ugly modernist sculptures, that 99% of the population despises...
Unique Suggestions: It's free to enter, so make the most of it - your taxes paid for it...
Fun Alternatives: Colchester has many small galleries, not least of which is The Minories, right next door to Firstsite...
Dedham is a small riverside village at the heart of Constable Country.You can hire a rowing boat and take a trip down the River Stour, take a stroll down the river to either Flatford Mill or Manningtree or just look round the local shops and art centres.Can be reached from Colchester by bus.more
The former 'Essex Command Centre' in the event of a nuclear war is set in it's original 14,000sq ft bunker half above and half below ground. As you explore this once secret place, sound effects, storyboards,3 Cinemas and Videos along with tons of original equipment, transport you back to the days of the 'Cold War' when Britain stood prepared for a...more
Colchester Judo Club (CJC) has been teaching Judo to the residents of Colchester since 1974, welcoming individuals of all abilities and enabling them to sample a unique and enjoyable sport.
Their mission statement is very simple:
"We wish to share our love of Judo with others, to teach Judo to a high standard, to maintain a well run non-profit making Club for the benefit of our members, and most importantly to have fun whilst doing so."
The Club has recently gone from strength to strength with support from the BJA, the coaches and the Club's supporters. They have successfully moved to a new venue, purchased new mats and promoted the Club throughout the local area.
They offer one of the largest and newest mat areas in the local area, based in a bright and modern dojo with excellent facilities, including plenty of free parking.
Colchester Judo club has been in the town for well over 30 years, and for a good number of these earlier years, was under instruction and development by Dave Greenall and Jack Garrington and held at the Sports Centre in Cowdray Avenue. Two of the most influential instructors through these years was Gary Martina who coached the childrens elite squad and Dave Martin 6th Dan and who was, up to retiring from refereeing in 2011, Britain's most highly ranked IJF referee and who is currently the senior coach of Ipswich Judo Club. The current senior Sensei of CJC is the very welcoming Tony Boyd who took over the instruction of the club from Dave's son, Cliff Greenall at the turn of the Millenium
Regular training sessions are held in a recently built activity room on the St. Mary's site, with ample free parking facilities and an extensive mat area covering an impressive 120 Square Metres, in a striking blue and yellow.
The Club has Sport England Bronze Clubmark and SportSX accreditation, CRB checked instructors who regularly attend courses to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of our members is observed.
Visitors are always welcome to the Dojo which can be found at their new address of St. Mary's School, 91 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3RB. For times and dates see website
Equipment: If no Judo gear, an old sweat, or T shirt is fine with old track suit pants to try out this great sport
Colchester is rammed full of historical places of interest, the Roman Castle being the obvious one, for all the information you need on the attractions and sites to see in Colchester use this webpage:www.colchester.uk.com/history.htm or try this one for some photos: www.beenthere-donethat.org.uk/colchester.html. The latter site also has plenty of...more
Colchester is a 100.000 people town, so it's not so big and not too small... If you are a Colchesterian it happens often that you meet people you already know wherever you go. Colchester is even a very active town, and there are too many strangers coming here... Some others go (london is just a hour away), is a town in "Movement"... Depeche Mode,...more
Although I have not been to the zoo myself, my daughter-in-law has, and has voted it a great day out for children. You can get a Gold Card Annual Pass before you visit, free entry to the zoo for a full year, complimentary entry to Marwell, Paington, Rotterdam, Bristol and Edinburgh Zoos, 10% discount in all the zoo shops and garden centre on...more