As we mark a year since Colchester became a modern city, 23 November 2022, Colchester City Council proudly looks back on an eventful and joyous Year of Celebration in 2023.

Colchester, known for its rich history, has taken significant strides to embrace the future while cherishing its heritage. With a programme of fantastic events, initiatives, and vibrant cultural experiences, this year has cemented Colchester’s status as a thriving, contemporary city.

Throughout 2023, Colchester City Council, in collaboration with the local community, organisations and businesses, supported a wide array of events and initiatives. These activities included cultural festivals, innovative art exhibitions, community engagement projects, and investment projects. Some of the highlights from this unforgettable year include:

Heritage Events: Celebrating Colchester’s rich history, the community came together for heritage events, including commemorating the Colchester Siege reenactment, fun at Rowhedge Regatta, Roman Festival, Olly Murs concert, historical tours, City Celebration online exhibition, Gladiators exhibition at Colchester Castle and the much-loved Heritage Open Days.

Cultural Events: A captivating showcase of cultural events, including the Colchester Fringe, Invasion Colchester, 500 years of Layer Marney, Big Women at Firstsite, Family Fun Festival, Anti Loo Roll Festival, Roman River Festival, Ford RideLondon Classique, Colchester Globes art installation, Eco Festival, Festival Fun at Leisure World and the Coronation gun salute, community market and picnic.

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