Celebrating our heritage and culture

Priorities Goals
Agree and implement a new Cultural Strategy​ that supports our cultural assets
  • Work with partners to deliver a collaborative Cultural Vision and Ambitions for the borough​.
  • Agree the key milestones and investment necessary to deliver the strategy​.
  • Continue to provide sustainable grant funding to support Mercury Theatre, Firstsite and Colchester Arts Centre and help the sector to adapt and recover from the impact of Covid-19.
  • Identify further opportunities to improve the cultural offer for residents and visitors.
Strengthen Colchester’s tourism sector and welcome more visitors each year
  • Promote Colchester’s heritage and visitor attractions to increase visitor numbers and to support jobs​.
  • Expand the events programme to encourage more visitors and position Colchester as a destination for major events.
  • Work with partners and the Town Centre Business Improvement District to improve the public realm for residents and visitors.
  • Improve the information available to visitors through the launch of a new improved website.
Protect, enhance and celebrate Colchester’s unique heritage​
  • Enhance and promote our heritage by better revealing our assets by supporting projects and initiatives to increase public awareness and access to their heritage in daily life.
  • Continue to deliver a major exhibition at Colchester Castle every two years.
  • Encourage and support the use of our heritage sites for community events, activities and theatre.

Page last reviewed: 28 October 2020