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10 Places you need to know in Colchester

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We’ve got hundreds of lecture rooms, oodles of food outlets, and sports facilities with so much room for activities.

There’s the NHS health centre, student support services, study spaces and exam pods. Plus the on-campus cinema, theatre, bookshop, and art gallery. Essentially what we're saying is our campus has almost everything you can dream of. We even have our own cat! However, it’s still great to get off-campus and explore the local area, so here are our top 10 places to visit.

1. Firstsite

Firstsite is a venue in the centre of Colchester Town. They show a diverse,global mix of historic, modern and contemporary art.With free entry and a varied programme of exhibitions, films, workshops and events, alongside a café and shop, you’re bound to find something to do here.

2. Rollerworld

Within walking distance of campus, this is a must for all the fans of rollerskating, laser tag, food and drinks!

3. Colchester Castle

A good option if you love history, but it’s also great for a walk as the grounds are a beautiful place to visit (and free!).

4. Colchester Leisure World

One of the things we don’t have on campus is a swimming pool. Luckily, Colchester Leisure World is a couple bus stops down the road. If you fancy a bit of relaxation, Aqua Springs spa is attached to the building where you can enjoy jacuzzis, monsoon shower, saunas, steam, salt inhalation and aroma rooms.

5. Jump Street

A great place to burn off some energy. If you’ve been looking for a fun trampoline park to go to (I mean, why not?) this is the place to go!

6. Country parks

There are loooooads of country parks within a short drive of Colchester. Cudmore Grove, East Mersea is a personal fave.

7. Colchester Zoo

Possibly Colchester’s top attraction, supported by both tourists and locals.You’ll need to make your way to a bus stop where you can catch the number 75 (FirstBus).

8. Mercury Theatre

This one's for the theatre lovers, obviously. They host a range of performances from monologues to musicals, there’s bound to be something on.

9. Beaches

If you’re looking to head further out, there are loads of beaches that you can hop on the train to. For a sandy beach, head to Frinton, but if you fancy hitting the arcades, then check out Clacton.

10. Supermarkets

They’re not much of an attraction, but it’s good to know where the local shops are. We’re pretty sure you can get most things you need at The Store, Extra Store or Mini Store, but if not, there is a large Tesco Superstore within a 10 minute walk and a large Waitrose slightly further on.

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