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Colchester Borough Council / Leisure World, fun, fitness, and relaxation / Aqua springs, saunas, spa pools / Charter Hall - events, sound and lighting / Town Hall - wedding show / Parks and open spaces - Wivenhoe Woods, Hilly Fields, Lexden Park and Salary Brook / Best value car parking / Community - events, advice, and support / Recycling
Leisure World
Leisure World is at the heart of fun, fitness and relaxation in Colchester.  Boasting a modern gym, fitness, teaching and leisure pools, an events venue and day spa, the Centre has so much offer 
Aqua Springs spa is popular for its many saunas, spa pools and treatments using highly regarded brands. The spa holds the prestigious dermalogica Circle award and platinum status from nail brand OPI, recognising therapists’ excellence at the spa.
You can keep up to date with our free Leisure World app, available from Google Play or the AppStore, to book classes, get the latest news, timetables and more.
Charter Hall, Colchester’s premiere events venue
Colchester’s Charter Hall is one of the region’s most versatile venues.  With an advanced sound and lighting system, this is a spacious blank canvas venue that has the versatility to meet any business need. 
Our capacity is 2 – 1,200 people with numerous break-off rooms, exclusive entrance, VIP bar and balcony, catering options and free parking.
We’re only 50 minutes from London, 10 minutes from Colchester Station and the A12.
or call 01206 282946.
Colchester Town Hall
Where memories are made…
Your wedding should be filled with magic and delight, leaving a happy memory to look back on and treasure. This is what we want for you at Colchester Town Hall.
With our combination of splendid rooms, offering grandeur for ceremonies small or large, and excellent customer service from our experienced events team, you need look no further.
Our prices start from £150, with special offers for small and mid-week weddings.
or call 01206 506905.
Come and see us on Sunday 29 March 2015 when we host our next Wedding Show. 
Colchester’s Parks
Colchester has a great landscape heritage and its environment is characterised by the quality, quantity and variety of its parks and open spaces. 
Whether it’s somewhere to walk, relax, view the wildlife or simply take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, enjoy Colchester’s outdoors. With free access to over 300 open spaces, 16 countryside sites such as Wivenhoe Woods, Hilly Fields, Lexden Park and Salary Brook, over 50 playgrounds and many sports grounds, open space and recreational opportunities are always within reach.
For locations, opening times, events and more visit...
Enjoy the town and beyond

Our walled town is known for its architecture, vibrant history and bustling, lively centre, home to major UK retailers and an array of independent shops and eateries.

You’re never far from an inspiring story in award-winning museums, art galleries and historic buildings. Enjoy tearooms, cafes, bars and restaurants serving food from across the world.  Colchester’s exciting night scene has lots to offer too - clubs, theatres, live music venues and more.

Or visit Constable Country for the outstanding natural beauty of the Dedham Vale or Mersea Island, home to the famous Colchester Native Oyster. 

Check out for information or call our friendly team at the VisitColchester Information Centre on 01206 282920.

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle has wowed thousands of happy families since its £4.2mrevamp, making it one of the country’s leading heritage attractions.  The eleventh-century Castle, situated in the beautiful award-winning Castle Park, is the biggest Norman Keep in Europe. 

Explore 2,000 years in the life of Britain’s oldest recorded town and some of the most important archaeological finds in Britain. Marvel at the 3,000 year old Sheepen Cauldron, the tombstone of a Roman centurion and the Colchester Vase, one of the finest pots from Roman Britain.

All brought to life with the latest technology to give an experience you’ll never forget.  Plus interactive, hands-on costumes to try, virtual chariot races and touch screen quizzes to delight the whole family.

For admission prices, opening hours and more visit or call 01206 282939.

Colchester’s best value parking

Choose the Council’s car parks for Colchester’s best parking deals.  With Park Mark award winning sites across town and with easy main road access, there’ll a perfect option for every work, shopping or entertainment trip.  Save cash, pay online or by phone with MiPermit, for one-off or regular visits.  
For weekday day-long stays choose St John’s for £3.50, or just £2.50 in Butt Road and Napier Road including on Saturdays.  Sundays are only 50p at Britannia, Vineyard Street and Priory Street.  Great value awaits at St Mary’s near the High Street – three hours from £3.30 and £2 after 7pm, plus other competitive rates.  
Community working for all
With communities at the heart of Colchester, the Council supports many aspects of life to make the borough a place where everyone can grow and be proud to live.
From events, advice and support for all ages including to keep safe, find opportunities and develop skills for life or work.  Plus clean-ups, maintenance and other practical work for a better environment.  There are lots of ways to join in, make a difference and benefit personally including through accessing Council services online.  
Visit for information and what’s happening near you. 
Recycle for a greener Colchester
The Council’s recycling collections are a great way for Colchester residents to be green.  Recycle cardboard, garden waste, all cooked and uncooked food waste, tin foil, aerosol cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and packaging, and more.  
Love food and hate waste to save money through savvy shopping and storage, portion planning and loving leftovers.  Watch the Binlings to see just how easy food waste recycling is.
Recycling’s quick and easy, and for any questions there are answers and practical advice online at
Don't forget to check out our
Chief Executive's blog here...