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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Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 24 Feb 2017

Busy farmers' market in St Peter's Church, Sudbury.

Snowdrops

Super Snowdrop Weekend

Colchester

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Feb 2017

A weekend of beautiful snowdrops at The Beth Chatto Gardens.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Grumbling Fur

Grumbling Fur

Colchester

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Psychedelic Electronic Pop at Colchester Arts Centre, with local support acts

So you think you know dinosaurs

So You Think You Know Dinosaurs?

Colchester

Sat 25 Feb 2017

An interactive children’s show using footage from the BBC's Planet Dinosaur. On stage at Charter Hall

Sunday Stroll

Sunday Stroll

Colchester

Sun 26 Feb 2017

Highwoods Country Park hosts a three mile Ranger led walk.

Roman Colchester: Peter Froste

Colchester's giant Roman monumental arcade

Colchester

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Lecture at Colchester Roman Circus Centre

Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick

Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick

Colchester

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Traditional Folk at Colchester Arts Centre

Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Colchester

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Mar 2017

Celebrated Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum.

Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival: Colchester Place Weekend

Colchester

Fri 3 - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Essex Book Festival returns with a weekend of literary events around the town.

Vegan Festival

Essex Vegan Festival

Colchester

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Vegan fair at Charter Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Richard Herring

Richard Herring: The Best

Colchester

Sat 4 Mar 2017

A Comedic Greatest Hits at Colchester Arts Centre

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Sudbury

Sat 4 - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Snowdrop Walks around Kentwell Hall Gardens

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

Colchester

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Monthly market run by local designers, makers, artists and food producers at the Minories.

Kids Crafts

Kids Crafts

Colchester

Thu 9 Mar 2017

Recycled craft activities in Colchester Library

Hollytrees House

British Science Week: Still & Moving Images

Colchester

Sat 11 Mar 2017

A day of free activities celebrating British Science Week, in Hollytrees Museum

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Portsmouth

Colchester

Sat 11 Mar 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 11 Mar 2017

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs

Sudbury

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

Snowdrop Walks around Kentwell Hall Gardens

Colchester Half Marathon

Colchester Half Marathon

Colchester

Sun 12 Mar 2017

Half Marathon through the town and North Colchester

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Mansfield

Colchester

Tue 14 Mar 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

Colchester

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Mar 2017

One of Shakespeare's greatest plays, on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Mini Book Festival

Essex Book Festival: Mini Book Festival

Colchester

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Mar 2017

Children's Literature Event at Essex University, as part of Essex Book Festival

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.