Some of the places our carers take their clients in and around Colchester
Great places to take an elderly person to in and around Colchester
This popular Victorian Park next to the castle attracts over 1 million visitors a year and contains evidence of over 2000 years of history. It offers an oasis of green in the town centre where you can walk, sit or picnic amongst wonderful flowers and trees. The park is criss-crossed with paths, all of which are wheelchair-accessible. Its gardens are especially attractive and there is a thriving café next to the band stand.
Situated 4 miles to the south-west of the town and set in 60 acres of parkland with numerous lakes, Colchester Zoo is home to 240 different species from all around the world. It is one of the most popular and successful zoos in Britain and regular daily “encounters” enable visitors to see the animals being fed, watch training sessions and even talk to the keepers. The zoo has two gift shops and over a dozen places to eat and drink. The whole site is wheelchair-accessible and both manual wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be pre-booked for hire. The zoo offers free parking and is open between 9.30am and 6pm in summer, with admission for seniors currently costing £17 at the gate and 15% less if you book online.
High Woods Country Park
Located less than a mile from the town centre, this is one of Colchester’s most popular parks. It includes a mix of woodland, open spaces, meadows, a lake and numerous walking trails and picnic areas. There is a cafe and gift shop, which is open from 10am till 4.30 pm between April and September. Whilst there are official car parks inside the park, it is also accessible on foot 365 days a year via 17 pedestrian entrances.
Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh
Located 5 miles east of Colchester, these gardens were created from woodland destroyed in the great storm of October, 1987. The 20-acre site features a series of structured gardens displaying a huge range of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. The whole site, including the café is wheelchair-accessible and there are also wheelchairs available for loan. Adult admission costs £7.50 in the high season from April to October. The gardens are open from 10am till 5pm every day of the week, except Mondays.
The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market
Situated 6 miles east of Colchester, these inspirational gardens were created by Beth Chatto, OBE, over a number of years, starting in 1960. A gifted and creative gardener, Beth was a frequent gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. As well as being beautiful in themselves, the gardens provide living examples of which plants and shrubs thrive in which conditions. They are open all the year round, apart from between Christmas and New Year and adult entry in the high season between May and September costs £8.45, with carers admitted free with a disabled badge holder. The gardens and café are all wheel chair-accessible.
Holly Trees Museum, Colchester
Colchester Castle Museum
Colchester Arts Centre
Bourne Mill, Colchester
The Minories Galleries, Colchester
The Dutch Quarter, Colchester
Curzon Cinema, Colchester
Roman Circus Centre, Colchester