The town is also represented on Essex County Council, containing six County electoral divisions. Villages within the borough are represented by various parish councils. The urban area of Colchester contains only one parish council (Myland Community Council) with the rest of Colchester Town being unparished.

Colchester is noted for its Victorian architecture. Significant landmarks include the Colchester Town Hall and the Jumbo Water Tower.

Colchester has a bus system (run by First Essex, Network Colchester, Hedingham Omnibuses, Constable Coaches (Beeston's) Carters Coach Services, Panther Travel (Essex), H.C. Chambers & Son and Regal Busways which mainly centres on bus station opened in November 2012, located in Osborne Street on the southern edge of the town centre.

Over the past few weeks Colchester Zoo’s elephants have been enjoying a fantastic...

Private schools in Colchester include St. Mary's School, Holmwood House School, Oxford House School and Colchester High School.

The Minories houses The Minories Galleries, which is managed by Colchester Institute and presents contemporary exhibitions by artists from the region. The building is owned by the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation.[59]

On the 17th September we close at 9.30pm *Last admission 8.30pm

More information is available online via the Environment Agency and the Government website

Colchester is reputed to be the home of three of the best known English nursery rhymes: 'Old King Cole', 'Humpty Dumpty' and 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. The legitimacy of the claims for the first two of these is disputed.[41]

Colchester is in one of the driest regions of the United Kingdom with average annual precipitation at 635 mm (25.0 inches), although among the wetter places in Essex. Colchester is generally regarded as having an Oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb) like the rest of the United Kingdom. Its easterly position within the British Isles makes Colchester less prone to Atlantic depressions and weather fronts but more prone to droughts.

The third rhyme to come from Colchester is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which was written by Jane Taylor in the town's Dutch Quarter, and published in 1806 with the title "The Star".

THE Dutch Quarter is home to some of the town centre's most…

The highest temperature recorded in Colchester was 36.1 °C (97 °F) in August 2003 (during the 2003 European heat wave), and the lowest was −9.4 °C (15 °F) in December 2010.

Three weekends packed with energising folk-inspired music and drama.

In 2009, an art collective called 'Slack Space' took up some of the closed-down shops in the town and converted them into art galleries with the hope of promoting art and design in the town. The Colchester School of Art and Design is based in the Colchester Institute near the centre of the town.

Prominent members of Blur, a popular 1990s music group met at school in Colchester.[72]

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This unique art trail, designed for walkers and cyclists, follows the tidal River Colne through some of the lesser known areas of Colchester.                                           

The Mercury stages an exciting programme for all ages and tastes. It's the most active producing theatre in the East of England, welcoming a host of top touring productions including live music, comedy, opera, magic, dance and family shows.

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From 1998 to 2008, the garrison area of the town underwent massive redevelopment. A lot of the Ministry of Defence land was sold for private housing development and parts of the garrison were moved. Many parts of the garrison now stand empty awaiting the second phase of the development.

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Once again Rajang has been in the limelight for getting up close to another baby bump! But there is one bump at Colchester Zoo that Rajang has more recently been getting to know, that is of his keeper, Laura.

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Colchester Zoo is a large zoo based in the Stanway Hall area on the outskirts of town.

On the 24th August, one of our female Buffy-headed capuchin monkeys, Barney, gave birth to a single offspring.

The Member of Parliament for Colchester is Will Quince (Conservative).

Sports facilities in Colchester include the sports centre, Colchester Leisure World, Colchester Garrison Athletics Stadium (a co-operative facility used by both the army and civilian population), and a skatepark.

Our chimp family tree has grown and grown and their home is growing too as work continues...

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Colchester, Camulodunum and Colonia Victricensis forms one of 38 sites seeking World Heritage Site status, with a shortlist to be submitted to UNESCO for consideration in 2011.[48] The town was one of twenty-five across the UK that applied for city status to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012. It was unsuccessful.[49]

Please be aware that the Café UmPhafa has now reopened as Penguini's Pizza and Pasta....

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Colchester Multi-Ethnic Forum in association with the East Anglia Indian Association invite you to: Colchester Festival of Rice On Sunday 25th September 3.00 pm – 7.00 pm at Highwoods Community Centre Join us for a celebration of rice