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.

Theatre & Shows

Spend the evening in Colchester discovering the arts scene, under the auspices of the Roman god of communications and poetry at the Mercury Theatre, or round the corner at the Headgate Theatre. Hosting national tours as well as their own plays and actors, there is entertainment for everyone in Colchester’s arts venues.

Concerts & Live Music

Jazz, folk, rock, pop, classical, medieval, and unnamed genres of music can be heard in fantastic concert venues around Colchester. Choose the acoustics of an old church, or a grand concert hall. See local bands play in bars and pubs around the town, or find out if there is a festival happening in Castle Park!

Evening Meals

Treat yourself to a meal out in the town, with restaurants offering high quality local cuisine as well as an international food scene. The town centre has a wide variety of restaurants all within walking distance of evening entertainment and attractions. The surrounding area offers beautiful restaurants within stunning countryside settings for a perfect relaxing evening meal.

Pubs & Bars

Explore an English town, explore its pubs… you will not be disappointed with the wide selection of pubs and bars on offer in Colchester. Have a pint of local Colchester ale in a wooden-beamed traditional pub, or sip a Colchester cocktail in a trendy bar in the town centre.

What's On in Colchester

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Wivenhoe Funny Farm

Wivenhoe Funny Farm

Colchester

Thu 27 Apr 2017

Regular Comedy Night at Wivenhoe Cricket Club

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 28 Apr 2017

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

The Whisky Club

The Whisky Club

Colchester

Fri 28 Apr 2017

An evening of Whisky tasting at the Swan Inn, Chappel.

Abberton Reservoir

Birding day - Can we beat 65 species in a day?

Colchester

Sat 29 Apr 2017

How many birds can be identified in one day? The record is 65. At Abberton Reservoir..

Bushcraft for Beginners

Bushcraft for Beginners

Colchester

Sat 29 Apr 2017

An introduction to basic bushcraft skills at High Woods Country Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 29 Apr 2017

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

Record Fair

Record & CD Fair

Colchester

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Colchester's Record & CD Fair sets up at a new venue in Firstsite.

Tudor May Day Celebrations

Tudor May Day Celebrations

Sudbury

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

May Day celebrations at Kentwell Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Mon 1 May 2017

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

Jane's Walk

Jane's Walks 2017

Colchester

Fri 5 - Sun 7 May 2017

An international weekend of local walks led by local people. Events are taking place all around the town

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Yeovil

Colchester

Sat 6 May 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 6 May 2017

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

Music In The Park

Bandstand Concert - The Daisy Bowlers

Colchester

Sun 7 May 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Secret Vintage Fair

Secret Vintage Fair

Colchester

Sun 7 May 2017

Vintage Fair in The Town Hall

Layer Marney Tower Tour

Tower Tour

Colchester

Sun 7 May 2017

A Fun Guided Tour of Layer Marney Tower

An Evening With Andrew Phillips

An Evening With Andrew Phillips

Colchester

Mon 8 May 2017

Local historian Andrew Phillips will be talking about his new book Colchester In The Great War at Waterstones Bookshop

Jon Boden

Jon Boden

Colchester

Mon 8 May 2017

Former Bellowhead frontman and folk hero Jon Boden plays at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 13 May 2017

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

Rapture Gaming Festival

Rapture Gaming Festival

Colchester

Sat 13 - Sun 14 May 2017

Charter Hall hosts the Rapture Gaming Festival, with something for all the family

The Swing Spectacular

The Swing Spectacular

Colchester

Sat 13 May 2017

Swing Music and Dancing at Colchester Arts Centre

Music In The Park

Bandstand Concert - Boxted Methodist Silver Band

Colchester

Sun 14 May 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Volunteer Taster Day

Volunteer Taster Day

Colchester

Sun 14 May 2017

Interested in volunteering with Ranger Team

Torch Lit Tours

Torch-Lit Tours: Museums at Night

Colchester

Thu 18 May 2017

After hours exploration of Colchester Castle by torchlight

Bird Song and Breakfast

Bird Song and Breakfast Event

Colchester

Sat 20 May 2017

Be Up with the lark and experience this magical time of day as the sun shines. The walk of up to 3 miles will be led by bird expert Simon Wood, author of The Birds of Essex. Enjoy a bacon Roll and a hot drink to finish.

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.