Old Heath Recreation Ground

Old Heath Recreation Ground is the oldest public open space in Colchester and has been hosting events and activities since the 1880s. Throughout the summer months, it plays host to many concerts, fairs and festivals alongside community fetes and children’s activities.
  • Good transport links
  • Close to Colchester town centre
  • Fully accessible
  • Parking within 400m
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Events at Old Heath Recreation Ground

Nearly Festival 2024
27th - 28th July 2024
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Colchester Events supports the Council's declaration of a climate emergency and net zero emissions target by 2030, and the need for us all to reduce the environmental impact of our lifestyles. One way we can do this is by travelling by walking, cycling or using public transport, rather than cars where possible. Please see the information about travelling to our event locations by walking, cycling and using public transport. Information is also listed about parking where this is necessary.

Old Heath Recreation Ground is located just outside the town centre in New Town, with great local bus links and within walking distance of Colchester Town Station.

By Bike

There are a few cycle stands located outside the GO4 Café on the south-east corner of the Recreation Ground. You can download the Colchester Cycle Map from the Cycle Colchester website, or use one of our suggested routes on this map

By Bus

The S1 and S9 buses stop directly outside Old Heath Recreation Ground on Old Heath Road.

S1 Timetable

S9 Timetable

First Colchester Bus Route Map

Parking Information

Exit the A12 at Junction 29 and follow signs for Colchester. Continue along Ipswich Road to the Waitrose roundabouts and then turn left onto A133 St Andrew’s Avenue. Join the A134 at Greenstead roundabout and follow this to Hythe Hill where Port Lane will be on your left.

The entrance and parking is 400m on your right. To accommodate the school runs, to avoid congestion closer to the school and to encourage some walking to school there is 1 hour FREE parking between 08.00 & 09.30. Payment by pay and display machine only.