Roman circus visitor centre closing for the autumn/winter on 30th September













The Trust would like to announce that the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre and tea room will be closing for the autumn/winter at 4.00 pm on Saturday 30th September (next week). If you haven’t already visited us here, or if you have visited but want to see it all again, then this is your last week to do it for this year! – and come to our tea room or bring your children for one more run round the Roman circus starting-gates…

However, the visitor centre will still be in use during the autumn/winter: the Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) and Colchester Recalled (CR, the oral history group) present public talks and hold their meetings here. The CAG talks are presented weekly (on Monday evenings) and the CR meetings, which each include a talk, are held monthly (on Thursday evenings). For details of these, please go to and or consult the calendar on this web-site. The Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) also hold most of their meetings here at the Roman circus visitor centre, on the third Saturday of the month, for YAC members only. Although our two parts of the site will be closed, you can still walk a large part of the site of the Roman circus, along Le Cateau Road, Circular Road North and Napier Road.

The Trust also welcomes pre-booked groups to the Roman circus visitor centre during the autumn/winter, and we can provide these with guided tours and refreshments (please ‘phone or email us for details (contact details at ). Groups which like visiting us are local history groups, the U3A, schools and colleges, and children’s groups such as Brownie packs.

Interestingly, the Roman circus has two important anniversaries in September. In September 2004, the Trust observed a pair of foundations at the former Cavalry Barracks like those which we had observed near the Flagstaff House complex and, although the two sets of remains were about 230 metres apart, they seemed to represent parts of the same enormous structure… We tentatively identified these foundations as being the remains of a Roman circus. In September 2007, we were able to produce a ground-plan for the whole Roman circus. (In November 2007, the site was scheduled as an ancient monument.)

*** The Roman circus visitor centre and tea room will be closing for the autumn/winter at 4.00 pm on Saturday 30th September 2017.
*** The Roman circus visitor centre and tea room will re-open for our summer season at 11.00 am on the 27th March 2018, which is the Tuesday before Easter.
We look forward to seeing you!

We would like to thank everyone who has visited and supported the Roman circus visitor centre or tea room this year, and we hope that you enjoyed it. Thank you for the positive reviews which you have posted on Google!

Visit our Roman circus visitor centre web-site at .

The images show the Roman circus visitor centre yesterday (22nd September), at the end of our day on the autumn equinox: the front of the building; the front garden; our Roman circus walkway; and one of the lime trees in the car-park.