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Be in.. Colchester

12th July 2017

Colchester is a charming historic town in the county of Essex bursting with personality and culture. With over 2000 years of history, it is a town that certainly will always give you something to discover!

Being the oldest town on record in the UK, Colchester has plenty of historic attractions. To learn about the history of Colchester, take a trip to the Castle Museum which is located within the Colchester Castle, one of England’s most important heritage sites. There are a range of activities there from interactive displays to building Norman archways. One of the best ways to see the historic sights of Colchester is a Historic Guided Walking Tour through the town.

For a family day out why not take a trip to Colchester Zoo? With a variety of animals from komodo dragons to elephants and a variety of activities means that even if it’s a wet and rainy day you’re guaranteed to have a good time. If you fancy trying something new, the Arts Centre is unique venue and events range from jazz music to beer festivals and folk clubs with something different on every week, there is always something new and interesting to get involved in.

If theatre and galleries are more up your street, then there is a fantastic array of places to visit. Opened in 1972, the Mercury Theatre is the town’s primary theatre and puts on a wide range of productions all year round including a fantastic family friendly pantomime each Christmas. Firstsite is a thriving art gallery and cultural centre, with the goal of inspiring people through innovative art. A national leader in new art, you’ll be immersed in pieces of work from local and national artists for hours.

Some notable places to eat and drink around the town include Church Street Tavern which serve a great range of beer, wine and cocktails alongside some British delicacies like afternoon tea. Another is The Green Room, serving a British menu with a modern twist using locally sources ingredients to provide you with fresh seasonal dishes.

Full of independent shops, and down every cobbled street, Colchester is full of charisma. Alongside the independent retailers there are also big names and department stores, the perfect shopping combination. There are also regular market days in this community including the weekly market every Friday and Saturday to stock up on your local fresh produce!

Colchester is a desirable location within the country and the appeal is only increasing with a number of redevelopment projects. The average house price is around £313,000 according to Zoopla and with good connections to the A12 which links to the M25, if you’re a commuter this can come in handy! There are also two rail stations serving your local services and mainlines.

If you can picture yourself in a cultural, charismatic town why not get in touch with Belvoir Colchester today and see what they have to offer!

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