Cost of living support

Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.

Colchester Museums Provides Summer Holiday Fun For Young Time-Travellers this Summer

Colchester Museums have launched a programme of family activities for the summer holidays


The school summer holidays are almost upon us and Colchester Museums are getting ready to greet plenty of families this summer!

Colchester Museums, which comprises of Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum, have launched a programme of family activities for the summer holidays –inviting children aged from 5 to 15 to embark on a journey through 2,000 years of history!

From Roman centurions to Boudica’s battles, there’s a whole lot of history for young people to discover at Colchester Castle. Every Thursday the ‘Roman Explorers’ season offers children a ‘hands-on’ taste of Roman life with activities from Roman army drills to creating a clay oil lamp.

Children can get crafty at Hollytrees Museum with a variety of activities that bring the history of the 300-year-old Georgian building to life. There are opportunities to make a mosaic coaster, a fan inspired by the museum’s collection or a peg person based on past residents of the house.

Young animal lovers can enjoy getting close to nature at Colchester’s Natural History Museum with the popular ‘Go Live’ events that bring children face to face with a host of live mammals and insects.

For a taste of what is on offer visitors are encouraged to watch the Museums short video HERE and listen out for its new radio advert airing in July on Heart radio. 


Cllr Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Business & Culture and Deputy Leader of Colchester Borough Council says,

“Colchester Museums' summer holiday activities are a fabulous way for young visitors to see history come to life. Learning doesn't have to be dull, children love to be inspired and never more so than through interactive hands on tasks. 

“This summer I urge young families to take part in some of the wonderful activities Colchester Museums have on offer and together begin to unravel the 2,000 years of history that makes Colchester so unique.

“Plus, with the new Resident Pass, everyone who lives in the Borough can visit the Castle as many times as they like in a year after paying entry just once! So, whatever the weather this summer, keep your family entertained without worrying about the cost.”

This summer, Colchester Museums is offering 3-for-2 deals on all its family activities. Each activity costs £5 per session (with an additional one-off admission fee for castle activities) and must be pre-booked.

Don’t miss out on a money saving Resident Pass - pay standard entry just once and come back as many times as you like in a year (exclusive to Colchester Borough residents). Visit or call 01206 282941

Get inspired and watch our short video that shows what you can expect when visiting Colchester Museums here


Related Articles
Latest News

Quick Links