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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Craft Events

Crafts in the Park

Colchester

Wed 28 Sep 2016

KIDS! Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and a picnic to Colchester Castle park and enjoy free recycled craft activities.

TWAS Theatre

As You Like It

Stamford

Thu 29 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2016

TWAS Theatre are commemorating 400 years since The Bard's death, and we proudly present TWAS Theatre's Autumn 2016 tour of William Shakespeare's beloved comedy As You Like It.

Only Fools & Three Courses

Only Fools & Three Courses

Colchester

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Join us for the dinner event of the year, which combines fine food and comedy action, served up ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES style.

Coffee Morning

Unique Macmilan Coffee Morning

Colchester

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Essex’s most unique Macmillan Coffee Morning will take over TYSA restaurant and shop front with a fully working coffee machine – made of cake

Stopmotion techniques in the Signals studio

Animation Taster Day

Colchester

Sat 1 Oct 2016

A practical animation workshop with a focus on digital techniques using After Effects.

Bazaar

Bazaar

Colchester

Sat 1 Oct 2016

1st Saturday of every month, 11am - 4pm at the Waiting Room, The Old Bus Station, Colchester. Local makers, food producers, designers, artists and crafts people come together to sell locally grown produce and a range of products.

Children's World

Children's World

Colchester

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Oct 2016

A great range of fun rides for children aged 2-10 years.

CO3 Art Gallery

Colchester and Tendring Open Studios 2016

Colchester

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Oct 2016

Studio groups, individual artists and craftspeople in Colchester and the surrounding areas open their doors to allow the public a chance to visit their studios.

Colchester Comedy Festival Market Stall

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Join our organisers and local acts at our annual Market Stall.to get all the info on the next two weeks of comedy and how to get involved.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 1 Oct 2016

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour.

'D I Y Comedy'

D I Y COMEDY

Colchester

Sun 2 Oct 2016

.Thom Barrett and Rob Saunders from Unmistakeable Scent of Leopard are joined by performers & industry insiders to discuss and answer questions on all things comedy.

Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

Jazz Club - Reg & The Readers

Colchester

Sun 2 Oct 2016

Jazz Club - Reg & The Readers

Roman Circus

Art & Architecture in Roman Colchester

Colchester

Mon 3 Oct 2016

AGM followed by a talk from Mark Davies; Art & Architecture in Roman Colchester

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Colchester

Mon 3 Oct 2016

Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music.

Matt Forde - It's my Political Party ....

Matt Forde: It's my Politcal Party

Colchester

Tue 4 Oct 2016

Following the UK's most important referendum until the next one. As seen on Have i Got News For You (BBC) and The Royal Variety Performance 2015 ( ITV )

The Play What I Wrote

The Play What I Wrote

Colchester

Wed 5 - Sat 8 Oct 2016

At their peak 28 million people tuned in to watch the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. This show pays homage to one of the best loved double acts of all time. The Play What I Wrote was written by Hamish McColl and Sean Foley.

Wivenhoe Funny Farm -Colchester Comedy Festival

Wivenhoe Funny Farm

Colchester

Thu 6 Oct 2016

Stand up comedy featuring the world's oldest Jewish comedian Sol Bernstein with Abi Roberts and support.

Paycocke's from the garden

Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Colchester

Fri 7 - Sun 9 Oct 2016

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 8 Oct 2016

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour.

Old Macdonald and the Three Little Pigs

Old Macdonald and the Three Little Pigs

Colchester

Sat 8 Oct 2016

Kids comedy theatre and workshop. Join Booster Cushion Theatre for a fun workshop about mime and slapstick comedy followed by a show,

Kingfisher Ensemble

Kingfisher Ensemble

Colchester

Sun 9 Oct 2016

Kingfisher Ensemble presents Music for a Sunday Afternoon Beth Spendlove: Violin Yan Yi Li Violin Paul Davis Viola Susanna Davis Cello Bridge - Three Idylls Kodaly - Duo for Violin and Cello Borodin - String Quartet No 2 in D

Rich Hall

Rich Hall

Colchester

Sun 9 Oct 2016

'Now is the time to grab this chance to see the great man at work.' The Guardian.

Colchester Comedy Festival

Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country

Colchester

Sun 9 Oct 2016

'She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency'. The Guardian. (Age 16+)

Castle Park

Tree Tour

Colchester

Sun 9 Oct 2016

Christopher Howard's facinating guided walk is a great opportunity to find out about the wide range of trees to be enjoyed in this award winning landscape. Booking essential.

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.