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.

What's On in Colchester

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Green Island Gardens

Mothering Sunday

Colchester

Sun 26 Mar 2017

Mother's Day stroll around Green Island Gardens

Space

Space + Warm Winters + Surge

Colchester

Thu 30 Mar 2017

Britpop heroes plus local support at Colchester Arts Centre

Wivenhoe Funny Farm

Wivenhoe Funny Farm

Colchester

Thu 30 Mar 2017

Regular Comedy Night at Wivenhoe Cricket Club

Going Twice Art Auction

Going Twice: Art & Design Auction

Colchester

Fri 31 Mar 2017

Art & Design Auction at the Minories Gallery

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 31 Mar 2017

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

Town & Country Show

Colchester Town and Country Show

Colchester

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Apr 2017

Family Fair with entertainment and displays in Lower Castle Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 1 Apr 2017

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

The Bazaar

The Bazaar at the Minories

Colchester

Sat 1 Apr 2017

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

Bird Feeding Bonanza

Bird Feeding Bonanza

Colchester

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Children's activities at Highwoods Country Park

Spring Sowing

Spring Sowing

Colchester

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Come and help the Community Gardeners sow and water at High Woods Country Park.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Colchester

Wed 5 - Fri 7 Apr 2017

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr. On stage at the Mercury Theatre

Hollytrees House

Grand Designs

Colchester

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Create your own Doll's House room at Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees House

Magnificent Millinery

Colchester

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Hat Making for children at Hollytrees Museum

NT Live: Twelfth Night (Live Screening)

NT Live: Twelfth Night (Live Screening)

Colchester

Thu 6 Apr 2017

The Lakeside Theatre Screens the National Theatre's production of Twelfth Night

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Stevenage

Colchester

Sat 8 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 8 Apr 2017

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

Beth Chatto

Spring Fingers

Colchester

Tue 11 Apr 2017

For all you mini gardeners out there! Lots of green activities including potting, wild potions and cloch making!

Highwoods Country Park

Easter Egg Rolling Egg-Travaganser

Colchester

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Children's activities at Highwoods Country Park

Spring Sowing

Spring Sowing

Colchester

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Come and help the Community Gardeners sow and water at High Woods Country Park.

Coding

Game Maker Studio, 11+

Colchester

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Use Game Maker Studio, the professional development software, to programme game mechanics and learn game design. This course is for those who want to take their coding knowledge further, and combine it with a love for making games!

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Doncaster

Colchester

Fri 14 Apr 2017

League 2 clash at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Easter Trail

Easter self-guided Fun Trail

Colchester

Sat 15 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

Children's activities at Highwoods Country Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 15 Apr 2017

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

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Mon 17 Apr 2017

One of the best ways to find out more about the dramatic events that have taken place in Colchester is to take a guided walking tour. The tour takes you through Castle Park, the Dutch Quarter and the High Street.

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.