Discover Colchester After Dark

With theatres, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as clubs, Colchester's a great place to visit during the evening and at night.

This vibrant mix is all within easy walking distance around the town but travel a little further and you can chill at a waterside pub, trendy village bistro or picnic beneath the stars.

What's On in Colchester

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Tymperleys

Christmas Tour & Afternoon Tea

Colchester

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Take a Christmas Tour of Colchester followed by Christmas Afternoon Tea at Tymperleys on the 8th December.

Free Kids Craft Event

Free Kids Craft Event

Colchester

Thu 8 Dec 2016

KIDS! Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and enjoy free recycled craft activities! A range of activities will be available to try while you make new friends. Wear old clothes in case you get messy!

Stocking Fillers

Stocking Filler Fayre

Colchester

Wed 7 - Thu 8 Dec 2016

Stocking Filler Fayre at Tymperleys Wednesday 7th December 10am-6pm and Thursday 8th December 10am-5pm.

Allocated Orange

Allocated Orange

Colchester

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Group Show and Christmas Event presented by 3rd year Colchester School of Art Students fundraising towards graduate show 2017 - art for sale, raffle and prizes

Castle Christmas Fair

Christmas Market

Colchester

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

The Market will be open on the grounds immediately surrounding the historic castle and will see independent traders bringing a host of delicious treats from around the world and unique gifts for family and friends.

Visit Santa!

Meet Santa at his Colchester Castle Grotto!

Colchester

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Colchester Museums are offering a unique opportunity this festive season. Families will be able to meet Santa, in the historic setting of Colchester Castle.

Allocated Orange

Allocated Orange

Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Group Show and Christmas Event presented by 3rd year Colchester School of Art Students fundraising towards graduate show 2017 - art for sale, raffle and prizes

Hollytrees at Christmas

Christmas at Hollytrees Weekend

Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

A weekend of festive activities including craft workshop, walking tour, Tiptree jam tasting and stories by the Doll's House

Crackers In The Square

Crackers In The Square

Colchester

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Culver Square are going crackers this Christmas and giving away lots of prizes! Pull a cracker in the Square on Saturdays in December, for your chance to win a special gift or toy. Prizes range from small toys to £100 gift vouchers.

The Amzing Addrian

Edwardian Entertainment at Christmas

Colchester

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Professor Addrian’s entertainments are from a bygone age of elegance. Watch Madam Fifi the flea leap into a pool of water, next see the kaleidoscopic effects produced by the magic lantern. Learn of the Jabberwocky.

Brightlingsea Late Night Shopping

Festival Gala Concert

Brightlingsea

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Brightlingsea Festival Gala Concert

Beeswax Candles

Free Christmas Craft Workshop

Colchester

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Christmas Crafts with artist Val Osment – make a festive beeswax candle or organic tree decoration to take home or give as a gift

Christmas at Colchester Zoo

Magic of Christmas

Colchester

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Add a magical sparkle to your festivities this Christmas at Colchester Zoo!

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Sudbury

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Kentwell's Magical Christmas is a day of activities for the whole family. Adults enjoy our insights into Victorian Life. Parents (and grandparents) find it a stimulating place to take children at Christmas-time to enjoy the festive spirit.

Allocated Orange

Allocated Orange

Colchester

Mon 12 Dec 2016

Group Show and Christmas Event presented by 3rd year Colchester School of Art Students fundraising towards graduate show 2017 - art for sale, raffle and prizes

Castle Open Evenings

Christmas Open Evening

Colchester

Wed 14 Dec 2016

A seasonal treat as Colchester Castle opens its doors for FREE! Come and soak up the Christmas atmosphere with carols, mince pies, entertainment and an opportunity to meet Santa before his busy night.

High Woods

Family Forest Fun

Colchester

Fri 16 Dec 2016

A group for parents/carers and babies/children of all ages, to enjoy the woodland together and allow the children free play in nature.

Crackers In The Square

Crackers In The Square

Colchester

Sat 17 Dec 2016

Culver Square are going crackers this Christmas and giving away lots of prizes! Pull a cracker in the Square on Saturdays in December, for your chance to win a special gift or toy. Prizes range from small toys to £100 gift vouchers.

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Magical Dickensian Christmas

Sudbury

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

Kentwell's Magical Christmas is a day of activities for the whole family. Adults enjoy our insights into Victorian Life. Parents (and grandparents) find it a stimulating place to take children at Christmas-time to enjoy the festive spirit.

Folk Club

Folk Club Christmas Party and Barn Dance

Colchester

Mon 19 Dec 2016

The one-off Bass Instincts reunion last year was such fun we’re doing it again (this could run and run!) The folk club annual knees-up with a top band, a caller to help you through the moves and interval mince pies. Happy Christmas!

Theatre Of Widdershins

Theatre Of Widdershins presents Rapunzel

Colchester

Mon 19 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights.

Charter Hall Bounce

Winter Bounce

Colchester

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Dec 2016

Charter Hall will be hosting its first indoor inflatable fun event. With bouncy castles, slides and much more! In addition to this fun session you can also book a time to visit Santa for £7 which includes a meet and greet and a present.

High Woods Country Park

Winter Woodland Crafts and Tree Dressing

Colchester

Thu 22 Dec 2016

Join us for an afternoon of fun making decorations from natural material.

Theatre Of Widdershins

Theatre Of Widdershins presents Rapunzel

Colchester

Tue 27 - Sat 31 Dec 2016

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights.

Purple Flag Award

Purple Flag Award 2015: Excellence in managing the evening & Night-time economy

Colchester has been awarded the Purple Flag Award for excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy.

Colchester Borough Council is working with the Police, the NHS, licencees and the voluntary sector to raise standards and broaden the appeal of our town centre after dark to ensure that the evening/night-time is safe and vibrant.