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

Paul Foot

Paul Foot: 'Tis A Pity She's a Piglet

Thu 21 Sep 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette's Girls' Night Out

Sat 23 Sep 2017

An evening with Kathy Lette at the Mercury Theatre

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Tue 26 Sep 2017

Stand-UpComedy at the Mercury Theatre

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles

Wed 27 - Thu 28 Sep 2017

A brand new Sherlock Holmes caper, on stage at the Mercury Theatre.

Parkinson

An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Parky at the Mercury Theatre

Judith

Judith

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Sep 2017

Vital Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Paul Zerdin

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

Robin Ince

Robin Ince: Pragmatic Insanity

Tue 3 Oct 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee: Heartbeats & Algorithms

Wed 4 Oct 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors

Wed 4 - Sat 14 Oct 2017

The classic musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Nautilus

Nautilus

Wed 4 Oct 2017

Physical Comedy at the Lakeside Theatre

Simon Day

Simon Day, In Character

Sat 7 Oct 2017

Comedy Gold at Colchester Arts Centre

Lady Windemere's Fan

Lady Windemere's Fan by Oscar Wilde

Wed 11 Oct 2017

Adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic drama at the Headgate Theatre

Bubble Schmeisi

Bubble Schmeisis

Thu 12 Oct 2017

One man show at the Lakeside Theatre

Comedy Festival Launch

Col Comedy Fest: Zahra Barri & Charmian Hughes

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival Launches at the Headgate Theatre

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Fri 13 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Colchester's Annual Comedy Festival returns for the 5th year.

Comedy For Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids with BSL Interpretation

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival - For Kids! At Colchester Arts Centre.

Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy Live

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre.

Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Touching and Funny Family Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Lawyer

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Drama at the Lakeside Theatre

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

roman River '17

Roman River Music Festival '17

Sat 9 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Live performances from world-class artists in Colchester and the surrounding villages.

Tap Factory

Tap Factory

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Dance & Percussion at the Mercury Theatre

St Petersburg

The End of St Petersburg w/ Harmonieband live.

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Silent film with live soundtrack at Colchester Arts Centre

Country Superstars

Country Superstars

Wed 20 Sep 2017

Country Music Tribute Show at the Mercury Theatre

Chineke

Clio Gould and Friends

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Dedham Parish Church

B.Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Fordham Church

Concert Poster

Last Night Of The Proms Concert

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Essex Concert Band Concert play in Rowhedge Village Hall

Trio Apaches

Trio Apaches

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Wivenhoe Church

Autism Anglia

Autism Anglia presents: Neurofantastic

Sun 24 Sep 2017

Celebration of autism and creativity at Firstsite

Copford Church

Illyria Consort

Sun 24 Sep 2017

Roman River Festival continues in Copford Church

Colchester Jazz Club

Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants

Sun 24 Sep 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Lekan Babalola

Lekan Babalola's Sacred Funk Project

Sun 24 Sep 2017

Nigerian Funk at Colchester Arts Centre

Chris Barber

Big Chris Barber Band

Mon 25 Sep 2017

The Jazz Legend at the Mercury Theatre

State of the Union

Boo Hewerdine & Brooks Williams State of the Union

Mon 25 Sep 2017

Mercurial acoustic duo at Colchester Arts Centre

Band of the Parachute Regiment

Beating Retreat - Band of the Parachute Regiment

Wed 27 Sep 2017

The Band of the Parachute Regiment play at Colchester Garrison Officers Club

G. Herbert

Gwyneth Herbert and her band

Wed 27 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre

Alan Moore

Alan Moore & MacGillivray

Thu 28 Sep 2017

Intriguing poetry, and music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Parachute Regiment Band

The Band of the Parachute Regiment Big Band

Thu 28 Sep 2017

The Band of the Parachute Regiment play in Three Wise Monkeys

The Kings Singers

The King’s Singers

Thu 28 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Stoke by Nayland Church

Abi's Adventure

Abi's Adventure

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Firstsite

What's On in Colchester

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Tap Factory

Tap Factory

Colchester

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Dance & Percussion at the Mercury Theatre

St Petersburg

The End of St Petersburg w/ Harmonieband live.

Colchester

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Silent film with live soundtrack at Colchester Arts Centre

Country Superstars

Country Superstars

Colchester

Wed 20 Sep 2017

Country Music Tribute Show at the Mercury Theatre

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Wed 20 Sep 2017

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

Paul Foot

Paul Foot: 'Tis A Pity She's a Piglet

Colchester

Thu 21 Sep 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

Chineke

Clio Gould and Friends

Dedham

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Dedham Parish Church

B.Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Fordham Church

Apple Day

Big Garden Apple Day

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Apple harvesting, fun and games in the High Woods Community Garden

Abberton Visitors centre- By Mark Draper

Charity Quiz

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Quiz night at Abberton Reservoir

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Record Fair

Colchester Record Fair

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Record Fair in Firstsite

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Wycombe Wanderers

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Elizabethan Michaelmas + House & Gardens

Elizabethan Michaelmas

Sudbury

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017

Tudor Re-enactment at Kentwell Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

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

Mersea Museum

Guided History Walks in West Mersea

Mersea Island

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Guided walks around Mersea

Into Darkness

Into Darkness: Writing Thriller, Crime & Conflict

Wivenhoe

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Creative Writing at Wivenhoe Bookshop: Into Darkness is an 8-week course + taster session in writing thriller, crime and conflict.

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette's Girls' Night Out

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

An evening with Kathy Lette at the Mercury Theatre

Concert Poster

Last Night Of The Proms Concert

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Essex Concert Band Concert play in Rowhedge Village Hall

Adventure Course

Pay and Play

Mersea Island

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Essex Outdoors Mersea - Pay and Play

Roman Circus Centre

Roman Circus Guided Tour

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Guided Tours of Colchester's Roman Circus and Visitor Centre

Trio Apaches

Trio Apaches

Colchester

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Wivenhoe Church

Autism Anglia

Autism Anglia presents: Neurofantastic

Colchester

Sun 24 Sep 2017

Celebration of autism and creativity at Firstsite

Music In The Park

Bandstand Concert - Tendring Brass Band

Colchester

Sun 24 Sep 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell

Colchester

Sun 24 Sep 2017

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