Welcome to Actual Radio, we are Local Radio for Colchester. As well as the Greatest Hits of All Time we have news, sport and weather updates, plus local information and events, if its going on in Colchester we're talking about it.


Waking up Colchester weekday mornings it's Pete Chapman at Breakfast and Simon Lewis has The Big Drive Home 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday. Phil Terry has 3 hours of 80's music on Sunday mornings with 80's Sunday and Lawrence Ladbrook plays the biggest soul classics Saturday & Sunday evenings from 7pm.


If your looking for something to do in and around Colchester then check out our What's On guide and make sure you look out for the Actual Radio Roadshow Team at an event near you soon.


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Blog Updates

Leisure World Colchester Providing Childcare for Shoppers

By Actual Radio | 17th November 2017

This Christmas, Leisure World Colchester is offering a new service for parents who need short-term childcare while they shop.   Convenient and fun, Shop & Drop sessions offer plenty to keep children entertained for a few…

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Pop band Steps announces concert in Colchester

By Actual Radio | 16th November 2017

Colchester Borough Council is delighted to welcome pop superstars Steps to Castle Park in 2018.   On Monday 13 November, the group announced a number of new tour dates, including a concert at Castle Park on…

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Police appeal to find missing Colchester Man

By Actual Radio | 15th November 2017

Colchester Police are appealing for the public’s help to find Steven White, who is missing from Colchester.   Steven, 34, was due to visit a relative in Dartford, Kent, on Friday November 10 but never arrived.…

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Colchester Radio Station Finalists in National Radio Awards

By Actual Radio | 3rd November 2017

Sometimes here at Actual Radio we are so involved with promoting Colchester and all that’s great in our town that we are very bad at telling you what we’re getting up to.   Back in the…

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£14,000 of fireworks to fill the sky this Saturday at Castle Park, Colchester

By Actual Radio | 2nd November 2017

  This Saturday there will be numerous fireworks displays throughout Essex, but here in Colchester one of the biggest and longest running displays will take place. King Coel’s Kittens Fireworks Spectacular in Castle Park will again raise…

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Dave the Gardener November 2017

By Actual Radio | 2nd November 2017

Dave Blackwell is Dave the Gardener on Actual Radio. Dave is with us Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30am with your gardening hints and tips.   Dave has lots of top tips for your garden…

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80’s Sunday Playlist 29th October 2017

By Actual Radio | 30th October 2017

80’s Sunday with Phil Terry Playlist 29th October 2017 10am-1pm   ABC – When Smokey Sings Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen Pet Shop Boys – Heart Roxette – The Look Freddie Mercury – The…

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Nick’s Party Poppers Playlist 27th October 2017

By Actual Radio | 28th October 2017

Nick’s Party Poppers Playlist 27th October 2017   C & C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free Nick Moon In The Mix – Halloween Special Donna Summer –…

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Pumpkins don’t have to be a food waste nightmare

By Actual Radio | 26th October 2017

Colchester Borough Council is asking residents to make the most of their jack o’lanterns this Halloween by making, munching and mulching them.   Every October, the UK wastes 18,000 tons of squash. However, every part of…

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