About Colchester

We originally owned a petting zoo in Clacton between 2009 and 2015. The ‘Things to do in’ idea came about when I asked all customers who attended how they heard about it as we wanted to know which form of advertising was working the best. I found that customers had seen the board outside, previously attended the zoo, were local residents or the zoo had been recommended to customers. Over the years, the majority of customers said they had found it on the internet.

The Zoo monitored this feedback for three years! During this time we tried local radio adverts and maps around the town but neither of these options seemed to work.

At the beginning of 2014 we started asking all customers who said they have found the zoo via the internet if they could remember their search terms and to our surprise, around 90% of customers would say they typed in ‘things to do in Clacton’. We decided to investigate. When I did this for myself, I found that we were on Google and TripAdvisor under the categories of days out or children’s activities.

There wasn’t a ‘things to do in Clacton’ website so I thought it was a fantastic idea and we decided to buy the domain which then led to branching out to multiple locations across the UK.

The original idea was to start out as an attraction based business however due to rapid success, Things to do in has evolved into an online business advertising directory with the main reason being they had over one hundred and thirty page one Google search terms just in Clacton alone!

Things to do in want to offer customers a one stop shop for online advertising at a very affordable rate as well as a link to their website, a purpose built microsite including a Google map and regular updates of businesses on Things to do in social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

Apart from having thousands of businesses on Things to do in, we also have thousands of unique visitors per week to the sites. My whole team believe it’s a win win situation!

Whats on in Colchester

Big Match, Big Cause

Sunday 27th May 2018 Leyton Orient’s Errol McKellar Arranging Another Charity Match! On May the 27 at Brisbane Road will take place another charity game in aid of Prostate Cancer UK- the match isn’t just for charity but for a fun event too. Martin Ling’s Team of professional footballers from all of the London Clubs up against  Continue Reading »

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Things to do in Colchester

Things to do in Colchester is the premier site for all things Colchester and is filled with activities and fun things you can do. Colchester Zoo is probably the largest attraction in the area with such a great reputation and if you visit, you will see why. If you are looking for a great deal on a car then go and check out our motoring section. Looking to treat the family with a tasty meal at a lovely restaurant? Check out our eating out category by clicking here. We have sections for shopping, kids fun, cafe's and so much more. If your going to stay around for a while then check out the accommodation section to find a place to stay. Colchester doesn't only offer things to do and fun activities, but is also home to thousands of different businesses too, so no matter what your needs, Colchester can accommodate. Check out our categories or use the search bar to find your desired shop or services. Colchester Football Stadium and Colchester Castle are also big hits when it comes to finding what to do in the area, many people, especially in the summer come to Colchester to see the famous landmarks and the streets will be filled. Find everything you need when visiting Colchester on Things To Do In Colchester.

Shopping in Colchester

Browsing through our website you will find hotels, restaurants, shops and fun things to do within the Colchester area. Colchester town is home to thousands of stores both mainstream and privately owned, it would take you forever to get around to them all! If your visiting Colchester to do some shopping then you are simply going to be spoilt for choice. If you already live in the Colchester area or you are looking to move into the area then this site is perfect for you too as we have details on everything from the best place to get your car serviced, stunning homes to purchase and great places to pamper and treat yourself. Based in Essex, Colchester is home to some of the areas finest dining experiences so make sure you visit these and treat your family and tastebuds to an amazing culinary experience.

Colchester Essex

Colchester is the UKs oldest recorded Roman town and is one of the most popular destinations for families and people in Essex with rich history dating back over 2000 years. Since 2001 the town has been lucky enough to see ongoing development which has earned Colchester the title of one of the quickest growing towns in Britain. The town is a mecca for great shopping and has all the major brands you would expect plus many old side streets littered with small independent boutiques. Being the home of Colchester Castle, Colchester Zoo and Colchester Football Stadium, you will find that you get quite a lot of tourists visiting for football games or too see some of the landmarks in the area. Colchester Zoo is very highly rated in the United Kingdom and brings in visitors from all over!