The Roman Circus Café is re-opening!

Great news – The Roman Circus Café is re-opening on Saturday 8 August 2020, no booking needed.

Roman Circus Café is re-opening on Saturday 8 August 2020, 10am – no booking needed.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, and August Bank Holiday Monday.

10am to 3.30pm (last food orders at 3pm).

Closed Monday and Tuesday.  

Enjoy delicious homemade fare in our al fresco café in the unique setting of Britain’s Roman Circus archaeological remains.

Call Sue on 07507 726963 to book your Afternoon Tea, only £10 per person.

NHS Test and Trace

Recording Customer Details – How we use your information

To support NHS Test and Trace, we have decided to collect and keep a limited record of staff, customers and visitors who come onto our premises for the purpose of contact tracing.

By maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and sharing these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, we can help to identify people who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus.

As a customer/visitor of the Colchester Archaeological Trust you will be asked to provide some basic information and contact details.

The following information will be collected:

  • The names of all customers or visitors, or if it is a group of people, the name of one member of the group.
  • A contact phone number for each customer or visitor, or for the lead member of a group of people.
  • Date of visit, arrival and departure time.
  • If you only interact with one member of staff during your visit, the name of the assigned staff member will be recorded alongside your information.

NHS Test and Trace have asked us to retain this information for 21 days from the date of your visit, to enable contact tracing to be carried out by NHS Test and Trace during that period. We will only share information with NHS Test and Trace if it is specifically requested by them. For example, if another customer at the venue reported symptoms and subsequently tested positive, NHS Test and Trace can request the log of customer details for a particular time period. We may require you to pre-book appointments for visits or to complete a form on arrival.

Under government guidance, the information we collect may include information which we would not ordinarily collect from you and which we therefore collect only for the purpose of contact tracing. Information of this type will not be used for other purposes, and NHS Test and Trace will not disclose this information to any third party unless required to do so by law. In addition, where the information is only collected for the purpose of contact tracing it will be destroyed by us 21 days after the date of your visit.

Your information will always be stored and used in compliance with the relevant data protection legislation.

The use of your information is covered by the General Data Protection Regulations Article 6 (1) (f) – legitimate interests of the venue/establishment. The legitimate interest in this case is the interest of the venue/establishment in co-operating with NHS Test and Trace in order to help maintain a safe operating environment and to help fight any local outbreak of coronavirus.

If you do not wish your contact information to be passed to NHS Test and Trace if requested, please speak to the Visitor Centre Manager.

By law, you have a number of rights as a data subject, such as the right to access information held about you. If you are unhappy or wish to complain about how your information is used, you should contact a member of staff in the first instance to resolve your issue. If you are still not satisfied, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Their website address is


IMPORTANT:Following Government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and for the health and well-being of our visitors, we have decided to close the Roman Circus Visitor Centre and Colchester Archaeological Trust offices to the public from today.

We look forward to the time when the current public health issue is resolved and we can re-open.

Please keep safe and healthy!


PLEASE NOTE: Out of concern for the health and well-being of our visitors, the remaining two Colchester Archaeology talks (11 and 25 March) have been postponed until the public health situation is clearer.

If you have pre-paid for your seats, these can be refunded or held over.

We hope you understand our decision and caution, and are not too disappointed. The two talks will be rescheduled for the Autumn, if not sooner. Watch this space!

Sell out lectures!

Due to the spectacular success of the Colchester Archaeology Talks, unless your seats have already been reserved, from 14th February 2020 tickets for the three remaining talks must be bought in advance.

Please pop into the Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm, to buy your tickets (cash or cheque).

Alternatively, post a cheque to ‘CAT TALKS’ at the Visitor Centre, made payable to Colchester Archaeological Trust, indicating which talk/s you would like tickets for.

Seating is limited to 100, so don’t wait!

Half-Term Roman Circus Experience

Wednesday. 30 October 3019, 11am – 1pm.

Know a little person who’s learning about the Romans this year?


Find out how the people of Roman Colchester liked to have fun watching the chariot races.

Join the Roman lady, Antonia, at Colchester’s Roman Circus.

Find out fascinating facts about the Britain’s only-known Roman chariot-racing track and explore the archaeological remains of the starting gates.

Try some Roman-style food and complete our Roman Circus Quiz.


£5 per child
£3.50 per ‘Roman’ Child (a good excuse to dress up!)
No charge for accompanying adults.