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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

Get 'up with the lark’ and experience this magical time of day as the sun rises over High Woods Country Park.

Learn to use your ears to ID the birds of the park; although if you have binoculars please bring them.

The walk of about 3 miles will be led by bird expert Simon Wood, author of ‘The Birds of Essex’. 

Enjoy a bacon roll and a hot drink to finish (vegetarian option available).


Tickets £7.30 pp

Available from:

Visitor Information Centre (VIC), 
Hollytrees Museum, 
Castle Park 

Or call to book: 01206 282920

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Highwoods Country Park
Turner Road
EssexCO4 5JR

  01206 853588