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Colchester Art Trails

Start the New Year with a stroll around one of the Colchester Art Trails. Discover the beautiful landscapes of the town and district. For all Colchester art trails (taking place all year round) please contact the Colchester Visitor Information Centre or VisitColchester website.

Weekend inSeptember Opening times vary for each artist, so please make sure you double check entries on the listings. If in doubt, or if you are travelling a long distance, we would advise you to contact the artist and confirm your visit. Please phone all artists who specify ‘by appointment only’ before visiting. Open studios aims to provide greater opportunity for the public to access the visual arts as well as promote the great wealth of local visual artists in Colchester and Tendring.
Colchester offers many walking and cycling art trails across the district and town centre. Why not discover some of the area’s beautiful landscapes whilst you’re visiting, or find out more about where you live, with some of our suggestions below?
The Painter’s Trail around the Dedham Vale, inspiration for John Constable, takes you through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and uses a mixture of mainly quiet roads, cycle paths and well-surfaced tracks. The full circuit is about 69 miles and is designed to be completed in two to three days, but there is also plenty of scope for shorter rides. Be sure to take inspiration from the Haywain view at Flatford and fortify yourself with tea and cake in the many tea rooms in ‘Constable Country’.