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Meet Father Christmas

December 02, 2023

Slots available between 10am – 4.40pm on:

Saturday 2nd
Sunday 3rd
Saturday 9th
Sunday 10th
Saturday 16th
Sunday 17th
Thursday 21st
Friday 22nd
Saturday 23rd – until 4.30pm

Colchester Castle’s magical grotto is back for 2023! Together with his helpers, Father Christmas will be spreading plenty of Christmas cheer this December by meeting the children of Colchester and giving out plenty of festive gifts.

Each slot lasts approximately 10 minutes.

Our grotto is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

For useful information, such as how to find us and what facilities Colchester Castle has, we recommend reading our Access information: https://colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/castleaccess/

We like to keep our magical grotto a surprise, but we appreciate some visitors need to know exactly what to expect for an enjoyable time on the day. The grotto will be created at the start of December. If a member of your party has a sensory impairment and would benefit from familiarising themselves with the space before visiting, please email museums@colchester.gov.uk after booking, and we can share photographs.

Tickets cost £9.95 per child

Booking in advance is required. Simply call Father Christmas’s helpers at Colchester Castle on 01206 282939. Our lines are open from 10am – 4.30pm.


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Sat, December 2, 2023
10:00 am - 4:40 pm


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