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Highwoods Country Park

High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester’s favourite parks due to it’s mix of woodland, open spaces, lake and meadows.  On a sunny day (or even wet day) you will find many people enjoying the facilities and a well deserved picnic (or a couple of tea and cake purchased from the Visitors Centre).  The Park is well maintained and this has resulted in the prestigious Green Flag Award (the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales).

The Park is situated to the north side of Colchester, Essex (situated between Turner Road and Ipswich Road).  Being such a short distance from central Colchester, it is easily accessible by car, bus (No’s 8, 8a and 65 that can be caught from bus stand in Head Street), train (the Park is only 1/2 mile from Colchester train station) or, if you are feeling healthy, even by bike or on foot.  

The Park really has something for everyone.  Clearly marked walks suitable for walking, dog walking, running and cycling.  Play areas to challenge children.  A well stocked fishing lake.  Open spaces for sitting and relaxing or playing games.  Lots of benches for picnics and much, much more.

Upcoming events


BIG Garden Apple Day

12:00pm - 3:00pm |
Come along to the Big Garden for apple pressing and fresh juice, garden pop-up cafe with home made cakes, traditional apple themed fun and games! Find out how you can join in and help save the garden for future generations of Colchester residents.

Healthy Heart Fundraising Walk

10:00am - 2:00pm |
A 10 mile ranger-led walk (1 and 3 mile routes also available) to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. For your sponsorship form or more information please contact Jill on 01206 851948 or on bhfcolchester@yahoo.com

Room on a Broom

10:00am - 12:30pm | £5.50 per child
Come and listen to this wonderful story and go on an adventure through the forest bringing the story to life.

Will we find all the characters, will we meet the dragon? And can you help the witch make a potion to fix her broom stick. Each child will make their own craft linked to the story. 

Sessions will run on;

Sunday 29th October, this will allow all ages to attend.
10-11 and 11.30-12.30

Tuesday 31st October 
10-11 and 11.30-12.30 for preschool children.

It will run at Highwoods forest and is £5.50 per child and £4.50 for siblings


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Highwoods Country Park
Turner Road
EssexCO4 5JR

  01206 853588