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

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Outdoor Theatre at Flatford Mill. Bring a picnic to enjoy Shakespeare's best loved romantic comedy.

Opera at Kentwell Hall and Gardens

A Weekend of Opera

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Enjoy two nights of professional Opera under the stars in the beautiful and magnificent surroundings of Kentwell Hall by Britain’s leading touring Opera Company,

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.

What Planet Are You On?

What Planet Are You On?

Fri 28 - Sat 29 Jul 2017

Spooftastic Sketch Show at the Headgate theatre

Opera at Kentwell Hall and Gardens

A Weekend of Opera

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Enjoy two nights of professional Opera under the stars in the beautiful and magnificent surroundings of Kentwell Hall by Britain’s leading touring Opera Company,

Macbeth

Macbeth

Sat 29 Jul 2017

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

Wizard of Oz

Open Air Theatre: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Outdoor Theatre at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sun 6 Aug 2017

Outdoor Theatre at the Minories

Titus Andronicus

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus.

Wed 9 Aug 2017

Screening live from the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

Milton Jones

Milton Jones Is Nearly Out There

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

Wind In The Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. Outside Theatre at National Trust Flatford

Midsummer Nights Scream

A Midsummer Nights Scream

Wed 30 Aug - Sat 2 Sep 2017

Open Air Theatre in Tymperleys Gardens

The Weir

The Weir

Fri 8 - Sat 16 Sep 2017

Conor McPherson’s chilling modern classic, at the Mercury Theatre

Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors

Wed 4 - Sat 14 Oct 2017

The classic musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

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

Deathtrap

Deathtrap

Mon 30 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017

A brand new production of the classic thriller at the Mercury Theatre

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Sat 25 Nov 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Classic panto fun for all the family at the Mercury Theatre

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

Colchester Jazz Club

Hugh Rainey's Jazz Band

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

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.

Big Weekend 1

Big Weekender Part One

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Of All Time

Of All Time: The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever!

Sat 29 Jul 2017

The greatest Twisters Tracks ever - at Twisters Bar.

Colchester Jazz Club

Bob Dwyers Bix & Pieces

Sun 30 Jul 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Malanova

Malanova - Sicilian Folk Band

Sun 30 Jul 2017

Sicilian Folk at the Victoria Inn

Pink Dog

Pink Dog Garden Festival 2017

Sun 30 Jul 2017

Music Festival in the Beer Garden of the Purple Dog

African Salsa Orchestra

The African Salsa Orchestra

Sun 30 Jul 2017

World Music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Moot Hall Organ

Moot Hall Organ Recital - Music for Brass & Organ

Tue 1 Aug 2017

Lunchtime Organ recital on the magnificent Moot Hall Organ

Trembling Bells

Trembling Bells, Mike Heron & Ed Askew

Thu 3 Aug 2017

Psych Rock Hippy Vibes at Colchester Arts Centre.

Animal Noise

Animal Noise , Les Freres Seugma + Fishclaw

Fri 4 Aug 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

High Fidelity

Ben Howard's High Fidelity

Fri 4 Aug 2017

Indie, Rock & Wonky Pop - at Twisters Bar.

King Ayisoba

King Ayisoba

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Clattering World Music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Colchester Jazz Club

Matt Palmer's Eagle Jazz Band

Sun 6 Aug 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Colchester Jazz Club

Mike Barry's Uptown Gang

Sun 13 Aug 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Rodney Branigan

Rodney Branigan

Sun 13 Aug 2017

Infectious Folk at the Victoria Inn

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Fri 18 Aug 2017

50s & 60s Night at Twisters Bar

Colchester Jazz Club

Brian White's Jazz Kings

Sun 20 Aug 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

65daysofstatic

65DaysOfStatic + meemo Comma

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Noisy Instrumental Rock Music at Colchester Arts Centre.

What's On in Colchester

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Music In The Park

Bandstand Concert - 'Sweeting Swing Band'

Colchester

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Live Music on the bandstand in Castle Park

Colchester Jazz Club

Hugh Rainey's Jazz Band

Colchester

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Party in the Park

PARTY IN THE PARK

Sudbury

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Family Fun Day in Sudbury.

Layer Marney

Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower

Colchester

Mon 24 - Thu 27 Jul 2017

Tractor Rides in July and August Monday to Thursday 2.00

Tunde Jegede

Tunde Jegede & The Art Ensemble of Lagos

Colchester

Mon 24 Jul 2017

Nigerian Supergroup at Colchester Arts Centre.

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

Colchester

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Family activity day at Colchester Castle Museum

Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge Adventurers

Colchester

Tue 25 Jul 2017

A day of fun on the reserve for all the family. A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Ipswich Town

Colchester

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Pre-Season Friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Amazing Animals

Amazing animals

Colchester

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Animal tracking and craft at High Woods Country Park

Houghton

And If In A Thousand Years - Patrick Hough

Colchester

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Film Screening and Artist Talk at Firstsite.

Archaeology Detectives

Archaeology Detectives

Colchester

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Family Activities at the Natural History Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Wed 26 Jul 2017

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

Castle Gardens

Garden Tour

Colchester

Wed 26 Jul 2017

An insight into the gardeners of Castle Park, what they do and why they do it.

Beer Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester

Thu 27 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

Mosaic

Mosaic Magic

Colchester

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Family Activities at Hollytrees Museum

British Lion

Steve Harris British Lion

Colchester

Thu 27 Jul 2017

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

The Big Sleep Over

The Big Sleep Over

Colchester

Thu 27 - Fri 28 Jul 2017

Not since Tudor times have people slept the night in the Long Gallery at Layer Marney Tower.

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dedham

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Outdoor Theatre at Flatford Mill. Bring a picnic to enjoy Shakespeare's best loved romantic comedy.

Opera at Kentwell Hall and Gardens

A Weekend of Opera

Sudbury

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Enjoy two nights of professional Opera under the stars in the beautiful and magnificent surroundings of Kentwell Hall by Britain’s leading touring Opera Company,

Big Weekend 1

Big Weekender Part One

Colchester

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 28 Jul 2017

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

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Colchester

Fri 28 Jul 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

What Planet Are You On?

What Planet Are You On?

Colchester

Fri 28 - Sat 29 Jul 2017

Spooftastic Sketch Show at the Headgate theatre

Opera at Kentwell Hall and Gardens

A Weekend of Opera

Sudbury

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Enjoy two nights of professional Opera under the stars in the beautiful and magnificent surroundings of Kentwell Hall by Britain’s leading touring Opera Company,

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.