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Meet Your Heroes





There will be characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, Predators, Jurassic Park, Disney Princesses and more, as well as your favourite Comic Book and Movie Superheroes, plus Show Cars from TV and film!

You can see amazing live performances from some supremely talented local musicians.

There will also be a number of fun competitions you can take part in with a great selection of prizes to be won!

From Fenwick to Ace Comics, Lion Walk and Culver Square, all of this is organised to encourage our fabulous supporters to give some money to our charities...
St Helena Hospice, Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, and Mind (Mid & North East Essex)
...who provide essential services to the community.

Come and join in the fun!

Grand Total for 2023


Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and charities for their incredible efforts to help us achieve this fantastic total including Culver Square, Lion Walk, Fenwick, Ace Comics, Colchester Events, Our Colchester, Colchester City Council and Market, St Helena Hospice, Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, Mind (Mid & North East Essex), and the guys who got sponsored to dress-up for the day!

Thanks also to Film TV & Music Quiz, MP Galleries, Community 360 Hub, Park & Ride, Diamond UK, DJ Fettdog, the live acts, our special guests, and to each and every volunteer and costumer who gave up their time for the day to hang out with us, spread some joy, and help us collect the all-important donations!

Lastly, thank you to all of you who came along to enjoy Invasion Colchester, got dressed up, and dropped some coins or notes into our buckets. You will all have helped someone when they needed it!

What's On

ACE Comics on Culver Street East

Look out for... Stranger Things and Cosplayers, plus their famous tombola!

Community 360 on Long Wyre Street

Look out for... incredible Star Wars displays and characters!

Colchester: Culver Square

Look out for... Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Dinosaurs, Disney Princesses, Doctor Who Props, Gremlins Props, Lightning McQueen, Star Cars, and St Helena Hospice, plus the Fancy Dress Competition (check their site for times)!

Fenwick on the High Street

Look out for... Optimus Prime, Barbie, Dinosaurs, the Town Guard and Mind Mid & North East Essex!

Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Look out for... Marvel Heroes (including Captain America, Deadpool, and Spider-Man), Predators, Game of Thrones, Wednesday, Batmobiles, Star Cars, Special Guests, Live Music, Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, plus Lightsaber Training!

Scroll down for more details...

Come in Costume and Travel on Colchester Park and Ride for Free!

Anyone visiting Invasion Colchester in costume / fancy dress will be able to travel on the Colchester Park and Ride for free*.

The regular fares are listed below.

Colchester Park and Ride
Adult £3.00
Child (between 5–18 ) £1.00
Under 5's Free
Concessionary £1.50
Park and Ride will be operating 05:30am – 21:30pm
* Terms & Conditions apply

Fancy Dress Competition

Fancy Dress Competition

Fancy winning a cool prize just for dressing up as your favourite character from TV and film? Are you aged under 14? If so, you're in luck as the Invasion Colchester Children's Fancy Dress Competition is taking place in Culver Square Shopping Centre on Saturday, 3 September!

There will be three different age catergories - 4 and under, 5-8 and 9+ - and First, Second and Third placed prizes in each category.

To get your hands on a prize, put on your best costume, bought or home-made, head in to Colchester city centre for Invasion Colchester, and make sure you’re near the judging area in Culver Square Shopping Centre at the alloted time.

The Fancy Dress Competition area will be roped off and only the children entering the competition will be permitted into the area - unless the children are really little, parents will be asked to stay behind the rope to avoid unecessary crowding.

Once the competitions have been judged and the winners have been awarded their prizes, a group photograph will be taken.

Good luck!

Competition Timetable
Age Range Judging Time Location
4 and unders 11.00am Culver Square
5-8 year olds 12.30pm Culver Square
9+ 2.00pm Culver Square

2023 Prize Draw Winners

This year, more than 1525 tickets were sold, raising over £1525 directly for Mind (Mid & North East Essex). This amount will be added to the overall Invasion Colchester 2023 total.

The draw took place on Friday, 22 September 2023 at ACE Comics. Winning ticket numbers are listed below, and the winners will be contacted in due course.

  • 0013
  • 0137
  • 0172
  • 0477
  • 0534
  • 0608
  • 0667
  • 0746
  • 0862
  • 1058
  • 1109
  • 1239
  • 1291
  • 1611

Thank you if you bought tickets and contributed to this fantastic donation, and congratulations to all of the winners!

Live Music & Entertainment

Live music has always been something that Invasion Colchester is keen to promote, showcasing some amazing artists from the local area.

2023's line-up featured a brilliant mix of musical talent to entertain your ears throughout the afternoon in Lion Walk.

Live Music Line-Up
Time Artist
12.00pm Jake Cheek
1.00pm Suzy Kramer
2.00pm Jack Walsh
3.00pm Fraser Morgan
DJ Fettdog will play through the day
Lightsaber Training

Lightsaber Training

Learn the ways of the Force and wield the ultimate Jedi / Sith weapon with our fantastic Lightsaber Training sessions by Saber Guild, taking place outside River Island in Lion Walk!


Show Cars

This year we are planning another exciting Show Cars line-up which we hope will be a big surprise, so come along to Invasion Colchester on Saturday 2 September and get up close and personal with some magnificent machines!

Other Monkey Brewing

Invasion Ale

Other Monkey Brewing are launching another fabulous ale in collaboration with Invasion Colchester

This 4.5.% Pale Ale will be available on tap, and in cans for you to take away, with a portion of the proceeds of each beer sold going to Invasion Colchester!

For more information visit


Get in Touch

Whether you're interested in joining the cast of costumed characters, want to help us raise as much as possible on the day, have some fantastic ideas on how we can raise even more money than before, or if you would just like a little more information, you can use the form below to get in touch with us.

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