Free things to do in Colchester this autumn term

We’re students. We don’t have much money. Here are some free things to do in Colchester over the next few months.

Bonfire night

Wrap up warm and enjoy bonfire night by watching the fireworks on campus. It’s absolutely free but maybe bring a flask of something hot to keep your fingers from going numb.

Southend Campus – 3rd November 2015
Colchester Campus – 5th November 2015


Castle Park and Hollytrees Museum

If you want to go on a picturesque walk, then head to Castle Park and Hollytrees Museum. The views of the castle are impressive and there is also a boating pond and plenty of room for a picnic in the park. Hollytrees Museum is a converted 18th century house which specialises in local history and antique toys, plus admission is absolutely free.  Take the 62 from the university and get off at the top of East Hill, Castle Park is on your right.



Firstsite is a free art gallery in Colchester, which regularly displays different exhibitions. If you are interested in architecture, it is worth visiting Firstsite just to see the building, designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. Take the 62 from the university and get off at the top of East Hill, head through the path on your left and Firstsite is directly ahead.


High Woods Country Park

High Woods Country Park is great free place to visit if you are interested in the outdoors. There are nature trails, a community garden and even a fishing lake to keep you busy. There is also a visitors centre with a shop and café to warm you up after your walk. Take the 62 from university into town and then take the 65 from outside the Odeon to the stop on Turner Road outside the Walk in Centre. High Woods Country Park is on your right.

High Woods

Milk it!

Milk it. Every Monday the SU bar plays 80s and 90s classics for you to enjoy for free. Embrace these guilty pleasures around others that won’t judge your dance routine to The Spice Girls.



If sport is your thing then you can join a sports club for absolutely free at the University of Essex. You can also attend Just Play sessions for free if you prefer to just drop in when you feel like it!


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