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

View From A Bridge

A View From The Bridge

Wed 24 - Sat 27 May 2017

Classic Arthur Miller Drama performed in St Martin's Church

The Musicians Of Bremen

Sea Legs Puppet Theatre: the Musicians Of Bremen

Sat 27 May 2017

Kids Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

The Crucible

The Crucible

Mon 29 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Arthur Miller's classic play at the Mercury Theatre

The Events

The Events

Fri 2 - Sat 17 Jun 2017

Edgy and incendiary drama in the Mercury Theatre Studio

Twelfth Night

The Three Inch Fools present "Twelfth Night"

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Travelling Theatre at Coggeshall Grange Barn

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Outdoor Theatre production of the Jane Austen classic at Abbotts Hall Farm

Katy Brand

Katy Brand - I Was A Teenage Christian

Fri 23 Jun 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

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.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Sat 29 Jul 2017

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

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

Warm Winters

Warm Winters, The Landed, KYU, The Denial Twist

Fri 26 May 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Of All Time

Of All Time: The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever!

Sat 27 May 2017

Saturday 27th May, Twisters and Keep Colchester Cool come together for Of All Time: The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever! It's Bank Holiday weekend too, people!

Mayday Mayhem

Mayday Mayhem in aid of The Robin Cancer Trust

Sun 28 May 2017

Charity live music bonanza at V Bar.

Popgun - Sounds of the 80s Live at The Bull

Popgun - Sounds of the 80s Live at The Bull

Fri 2 Jun 2017

We are bringing our massive automated light and stage show to The Bull Colchester, packing it in to their intimate venue The Soundhouse.

Silent Disco

The Hear No Evil Silent Disco

Fri 9 Jun 2017

Silent Disco at Three Wise Monkeys

Olly Murs

Olly Murs Summer Tour 2017

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Stadium sized pop-anthems from local hero Olly Murs, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Dadrock

Dadrock. Classic rock clubnight

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Premium Dadrockin' at Three Wise Monkeys

Acoustic Strawbs

Acoustic Strawbs

Thu 22 Jun 2017

Folk legends The Strawbs go acoustic at Colchester Arts Centre

What's On in Colchester

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View From A Bridge

A View From The Bridge

Colchester

Wed 24 - Sat 27 May 2017

Classic Arthur Miller Drama performed in St Martin's Church

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 26 May 2017

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

Warm Winters

Warm Winters, The Landed, KYU, The Denial Twist

Colchester

Fri 26 May 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Abberton Reservoir

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

Colchester

Sat 27 May 2017

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

Brightlingsea Regatta, Boatshow & Fireworks

Brightlingsea Regatta, Boatshow & Fireworks

Brightlingsea

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May 2017

This annual fun event is now in its 12th year. Hosted by Brightlingsea Sailing Club, The Colne Yacht Club, Brightlingsea Harbour, Morgan Marine and many other local businesses.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 27 May 2017

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

Of All Time

Of All Time: The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever!

Colchester

Sat 27 May 2017

Saturday 27th May, Twisters and Keep Colchester Cool come together for Of All Time: The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever! It's Bank Holiday weekend too, people!

Roman Circus Centre

Roman Circus Guided Tour

Colchester

Sat 27 May 2017

Guided Tours of Colchester's Roman Circus and Visitor Centre

The Musicians Of Bremen

Sea Legs Puppet Theatre: the Musicians Of Bremen

Colchester

Sat 27 May 2017

Kids Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

Colchester

Sat 27 May 2017

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

Mayday Mayhem

Mayday Mayhem in aid of The Robin Cancer Trust

Colchester

Sun 28 May 2017

Charity live music bonanza at V Bar.

The Hall Tendring

OPEN GARDENS

Clacton-on-Sea

Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017

OPEN GARDENS in aid of Clacton on Sea Lifeboat

The Sound of  Colchester

The Sound of Colchester Festival

Colchester

Sun 28 May 2017

Festival celebrating local music, in Castle Park.

Transport Extravaganza

Transport Extravaganza

Colchester

Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017

Classic Cars and more at teh East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Mon 29 May 2017

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

Hospital Radio Colchester Family Fun Day

Hospital Radio Colchester Family Fun Day

Colchester

Mon 29 May 2017

Final preparations are underway for this year’s Hospital Radio Colchester Fun Day, which takes place on Monday 29th May 2017 in Lower Castle Park, Colchester.

Layer Marney Village Fete

Layer Marney Village Fete

Colchester

Mon 29 May 2017

Held in the grounds of the Tower, the Layer Marney Village Fete is for everyone,young and old, who is searching for a village fete “just like they used to be”. Bring a picnic. The Layer Marney Tower Tea Room will be open.

Nayland Church Fete

Nayland Church Fete

Colchester

Mon 29 May 2017

A traditional village fete supplying bank holiday fun.

Roman Circus Centre

Roman Circus Guided Tour

Colchester

Mon 29 May 2017

Guided Tours of Colchester's Roman Circus and Visitor Centre

The Crucible

The Crucible

Colchester

Mon 29 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Arthur Miller's classic play at the Mercury Theatre

32nd Real Ale Festival

32nd Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Colchester

Tue 30 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Colchester CAMRA's Real Ale Festival at Colchester Arts Centre

Stopmotion Animation

Animation Camp, 9+

Colchester

Tue 30 May - Fri 2 Jun 2017

Discover a world of animation techniques including stop motion, drawn and digital animation.

Beth Chatto

Butterfly Bonanza!

Colchester

Tue 30 May 2017

All about beautiful butterflies, test yourself on a trail, try the caterpillar hunt challenge and make your own butterfly flower pot to take home.

Beth Chatto

Pond Detectives

Colchester

Tue 30 May 2017

Enjoy a cool summer afternoon dipping for wild water creatures and make your favourites in clay.

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.