Colchester is a good, but not great, place to shop. There is a wide range of the general shops you'd expect. In terms of things to do, Colchester castle is a must. The grounds are fantastic. You don't necessarily have to go in, so it can be a nice free activity. In terms of nights out, Atik is the only proper club. It is full of young people, mainly those who attend The University of Essex. It is a nice club but a little pricy due to it being the only one in the area. It is opposite a McDonald's which is never a bad thing either. Transport is good in Colchester. Buses are pretty good and the trains are direct to London in about an hour.