The Playhouse Pub
The Playhouse is a Wetherspoon pub in Colchester, Essex. Our pub offers a range of real ales, craft beers and freshly ground Lavazza coffee. Breakfast is served until noon, with our full food menu available until 11 pm.
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- Hollytrees Museum is situated in an eighteenth-century house close to Colchester Castle, which was used as a private residence until 1929. The museum displays Colchester’s rich history with nearly three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts along with a children’s play area, shop, sensory garden.
- Colchester Zoo has over 260 rare species many part of breeding programmes. Interactive daily displays get you closer to the animals and the zoo offers a wide range of educational activities for schools and groups as well as team building for corporate groups. Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild is the zoo’s charitable arm and is responsible for conservation work around the world.
- A large, shallow, freshwater storage reservoir and is the largest freshwater body in Essex. The reservoir contains around 25,000 Megalitres. It is a pumped storage reservoir. This means water is pumped from the rivers Chelmer, Blackwater and Stour to fill it, rather than simply relying on rainfall in the limited catchment area. The reservoir was formed by damming a shallow river valley. There a plans to increase the capacity of Abberton reservoir to 40,000 megalitres by raising the bank height all the way round. On its margins are found well-established plant communities that provide important opportunities for feeding, nesting and shelter. Abberton Reservoir is important as an autumn arrival area for waterbirds that then spend the winter elsewhere. Designated a Special Protection Area as a result of its over-wintering populations of Golden Plover, Gadwall, Shoveler and Teal and for its breeding population of cormorants. In addition there are significant numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Coot, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Pintail, Wigeon and Great Crested Grebe. The Reservoir was used by the RAF’s 617 Squadron (“The Dam Busters”) for practice runs prior to the bombing of the German Dams in the Ruhr during World War II.
- Castle House was the home of Sir Alfred Munnings from 1919 till his death in 1959 and is architecturally a mixture of Tudor and Georgian elements. Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain’s finest equestrian painters and the museum has a significant collection of his paintings.
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