Colchester has a great landscape heritage and the environment of Colchester is characterised by the quality, quantity and variety of its parks and open spaces. Whether it is somewhere to walk, relax, view the wildlife or simply take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Colchester has something to offer.
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. There is no excuse not to get out and about to experience and enjoy the environment.
Colchester's award winning park provides a green oasis in the town centre. Find out more about Opening times, Events, the Castle Museum, Volunteering and Cafe in the park.
High Woods Country Park and other local parks and nature reserves.
Find parks, allotments, playgrounds, open spaces, sports grounds and countryside sites using our interactive maps.
Colchester Volunteer Ranger Service, Health Walks, Volunteering in Castle Park.
All you need to know about organising an event at one of our sites.
Information about trees on Council land, Landscape and Grounds maintenance, and Landscape and Tree Protection.
Events at Castle Park, High Woods Country Park and other events in and around Colchester.
The quality and variety of green spaces is a strong factor that establishes the character and attraction of Colchester.