Colchester Nightlife

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.

The High Street At Night

Plays, Films and Shows

Mercury Theatre

Spend the evening in Colchester discovering the local arts scene. Take in a play at the Mercury Theatre or catch a film in Firstsite. Enjoy some live comedy in a local pub, or maybe take a risk on something truly extraordinary at Colchester Arts Centre. You'll always be able to find something to fill your evening on a trip to Colchester.

Featured plays, films and shows

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Wed 28 Jun - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Theatrical adaptation of the classic children's book, at the Mercury Theatre

Summer Screen

Summer Screen

Mon 3 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

A Big Screen in Castle Park, showing Wimbledon and great Feature Films.

Pictures in the Park

Summer Screen: Dirty Dancing

Fri 7 Jul 2017

80s favourite Dirty Dancing on the big screen in the park.

Pictures in the Park

Summer Screen: Jungle Book

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Animated Disney classic on the big screen in the park.

Pictures in the Park

Summer Screen: The Sound of Music

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Classic Musical on the big screen in the Park

Pictures in the Park

Summer Screen: Rogue One A Star Wars Story

Sun 9 Jul 2017

Intergalactic adventures on the big screen in Castle Park

Pictures in the Park

Summer Screen; E.T

Sun 9 Jul 2017

Spielberg's 80s children's favourite on the big screen in the park.

Moscow State Circus

Moscow State Circus

Wed 12 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

The world-famous Moscow State Circus is coming to Abbey Fields in Colchester.

Horror Nights!

Classic Horror Nights Double Bill!

Thu 13 Jul 2017

Classic Horror Movies at Colchester Arts Centre

Milkshake

Milkshake

Sat 22 Jul 2017

This all singing, all dancing musical will take you on a fairy tale journey - At Charter Hall.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Fri 28 Jul - Sat 26 Aug 2017

When Peter Pan returns to the Darling’s home to retrieve his shadow, he’s not expecting to meet Wendy, or that she’ll join him for the adventure of a lifetime.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Sat 29 Jul 2017

A Shakespeare classic performed at St Leonards-on-the-Hythe Church

Jason Manford

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Fri 12 Oct 2018

Jason Manford's nationwide tour comes to Colchester's Charter Hall

Concerts & Live Music

Live Music
Rock, folk, jazz, pop, classical, medieval, and many more genres of music can be heard in fantastic concert venues around Colchester. From the acoustics of an old church to huge stadium shows. See local bands play in bars and pubs around the town, or find out if there is a festival happening in Castle Park!

Featured Music and Dance events

Sounds Of Essex

Sounds of Essex

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Live music, world music workshops, hands on experiences and a world record attempt. All in Castle Park

Modou Diouf

African Kora & Sabar Drumming

Wed 5 Jul 2017

African Drumming with Modou Diouf & Sefo Kanuteh at Colchester Arts Centre

High Fidelity

High Fidelity

Fri 7 Jul 2017

Indie, Rock and Wonky Pop at Twisters Bar

D'Ukes

D'Ukes

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Top Ukelele Fun at Colchester Arts Centre.

The Concorde Singers Summer Concert

The Concorde Singers Summer Concert

Sat 8 Jul 2017

An evening of songs from the Concorde Singers Choir Also Featuring Guest Artists AZUCAR FREE Parking at St George's School. Canterbury Road. Refreshments and Pimms available.

Modern Classics

Modern Classics

Fri 14 Jul 2017

Indie, Rock and Wonky Pop at Twisters Bar

Roman River Festival

Roman River Music Summer Weekend - La Belle Epoque

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

We celebrate our coming of age at eighteen with four concerts recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, reflecting our remarkable achievements in consistently championing the highest-quality music and art.

Son Yambu

The Latin Rhythm presents Son Yambu

Fri 14 Jul 2017

Authentic Cuban Rhythms at Colchester Arts Centre.

New Town Kings

New Town Kings - John Ball Day Special

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Reggae / Ska Local Legends at Colchester Arts Centre.

Tunde Jegede

Tunde Jegede & The Art Ensemble of Lagos

Mon 24 Jul 2017

Nigerian Supergroup at Colchester Arts Centre.

British Lion

Steve Harris British Lion

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Iron Maiden Bassist brings his solo project to Colchester Arts Centre.

African Salsa Orchestra

The African Salsa Orchestra

Sun 30 Jul 2017

World Music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Roman River Music Festival '17

Roman River Music Festival '17

Sat 9 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Over 100 outstanding international musicians, choreographers, dancers and composers are coming to Essex in September to wow us all.

What's On in Colchester

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Sarah Perry

An Audience With Author Sarah Perry

Colchester

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Sarah Perry talks about The Essex Sepent, an award-winning novel set in Colchester.

Story Seekers

Story Seekers

Colchester

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Storytelling and Percussion at Firstsite

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Colchester

Wed 28 Jun - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Theatrical adaptation of the classic children's book, at the Mercury Theatre

Bat Walk

Bat Walk

Colchester

Fri 30 Jun 2017

Guided Bat Walk around Castle Park.

Colchester Festival of Life Long Learning

Colchester Festival of Lifelong Learning

Colchester

Fri 30 Jun - Sat 1 Jul 2017

New Direction? Second Chance? New Interest? New Start? Colchester Festival of Lifelong Learning

Beth Chatto

International Garden Photography of the Year Award

Colchester

Fri 30 Jun 2017

International Garden Photography of the Year Award photography workshop

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 30 Jun 2017

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

Fete on the Field

Fete on the Field

Wivenhoe

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Come and enjoy a family friendly day out at King George V Playing Field in Wivenhoe for the "Fete on the Field".

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 1 Jul 2017

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

Roman Circus Centre

Roman Circus Guided Tour

Colchester

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Guided Tours of Colchester's Roman Circus and Visitor Centre

Sounds Of Essex

Sounds of Essex

Colchester

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Live music, world music workshops, hands on experiences and a world record attempt. All in Castle Park

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

Colchester

Sat 1 Jul 2017

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

Music In The Park

Bandstand - Colne Endeavour/Mid Suffolk Brass

Colchester

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Big Sunday

Big Sunday

Colchester

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Music, Comedy, Food and more in Colchester's Cultural Quarter

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell

Colchester

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Former MP and current High Steward of Colchester Sir Bob Russell hosts an entertaining tour of the town.

Castle Park Trees

Tree Tour

Colchester

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Guided walk through the trees in Castle Park

Layer Marney

Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower

Colchester

Mon 3 - Thu 6 Jul 2017

Tractor Rides in July and August Monday to Thursday 2.00

Modou Diouf

African Kora & Sabar Drumming

Colchester

Wed 5 Jul 2017

African Drumming with Modou Diouf & Sefo Kanuteh at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Wed 5 Jul 2017

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

Modou Diouf

Sabar Drumming Workshop with Modou Diouf

Colchester

Wed 5 Jul 2017

Drumming Workshop at Colchester Arts Centre

Tower Tour

Tower Tour

Colchester

Thu 6 Jul 2017

A fun relaxed way to learn a bit about the history of the Tower with a staff member, no extra charge, no need to book.

High Fidelity

High Fidelity

Colchester

Fri 7 Jul 2017

Indie, Rock and Wonky Pop at Twisters Bar

Pictures in the Park

Summer Screen: Dirty Dancing

Colchester

Fri 7 Jul 2017

80s favourite Dirty Dancing on the big screen in the park.

D'Ukes

D'Ukes

Colchester

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Top Ukelele Fun at Colchester Arts Centre.

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.