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Colchester Garden Festival

We're very excited to announce the Colchester Garden Festival will be coming to Colchester this July-August for the first of annual event. Come along and enjoy impressive installations, workshops, and activities in this month long event celebrating the environment, green spaces, and gardening.

What to expect:

The Colchester Garden Festival will take place 21st July-22nd August.

There will be a mixture of free and paid events, including workshops, public installations, podcast recordings and shows. Businesses in the town centre are also invited to decorate their store fronts and create themed displays in line with the festival to brighten the town with wonderful floral and gardening displays.

School Tours

We're working with Lee Connelly an Essex based gardener who's on a mission to get kids growing. We're thrilled that as part of the festival Lee is visiting schools in the Colchester area in May to run workshops and teach children the basics of how to get started growing and planting. In July planters will be installed in the town centre featuring planting from the schools. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels to find out more!


Lee Connelly, also known as the Skinny Jean Gardener, is a gardening presenter who has worked with BBC Blue Peter, Jimmys Farm and many other big names to help get kids and families growing. He's also the author of the book 'How to Get Kids Growing'. You can find out more about Lee on his website.


Explore new and interesting ways to walk into town with our walking trail maps! Can you spot the nature items in your surroundings that will help guide you in?

Map coming soon!


Get your hands dirty and dive into gardening with Lee Connelly at one of our workshops teaching you how to plant and grow your very own plants!


Discover our flower installations throughout the town. Take a seat at the meeting spot or a selfie in Culver Square. There's so much to discover!

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