Looking forward to summer 2017

This page shows the activities we promoted over the summer of 2016, however there are plenty of ideas here for every summer holiday!

Playful adventures in local green spaces, going to the Sunshine Coast by train, local routes to cycle or walk, Cycling Centurion Treasure Trail, places you can get to by bus.

Use the activities and ideas below, then plan how you will get there using the Plan Your Journey link. 

Summer days out! - Ideas for local, fun, low cost, car free, active, family days out this holiday

The summer holiday is upon us and there is so much going on locally that is easily accessible without the car. Best Foot Forward have put together the best of local offerings, within easy walking, cycling, bus or train distance of Mile End and other areas of Colchester.

  • Download and print the poster on the right and stick it to your fridge for inspiration!
  • Find out more below about our ideas for days out
  • Plan your journey to work out your walking, cycling, bus or train route to your day out
  • Join in our Summer competition and share your experiences for a chance to win Colchester Zoo gold cards, Odeon cinema tickets and more!

Don't forget the Bikeability courses we are offering families over the holidays to increase your confidence and practical skills to cycle. Check them out in News.

Play Days

Best Foot Forward Play Days offer an opportunity for playful exploration of local green spaces  led by a Forest school leader, to give you ideas to help your family explore, have fun and enjoy the great outdoors.

We will be leading a gentle bike ride to show you family friendly routes to each green open space we will be playing in.

Visit our Play Days page for more information.

Essex Sunshine coast

Sea and sandy beaches are just a short train ride away. Beat the queues of traffic, and have a lovely relaxing train ride straight to the coast.

There is a special Bucket and Spade Train Ride on the 10 August. Catch the 9:56 train to Walton and on board will be free activity packs, bucket and spade, games and tattoos to while away the journey. To find out more and book tickets visit Bucket and Spade Train 2016

Check out other things to do on the Essex Sunshine Coast.

Summer reading challenge

Have you joined the the Big Friendly Read summer reading challenge at Colchester library? Another reason to go into town as well as for shopping, cafes and playing in Castle Park!

Diary Dates

1 August - Play day High Woods

8 August - Bikeability sessions (actual dates TBC)

10 August - Bucket and spade train to Walton

11 August - Play day Hilly Fields

17 August - Play day Charter Wood

29 August - Myland summer fete

3 September - Bikeability sessions

17 September - Bikeability sessions

27 October - Charter Wood Play Day