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

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.

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

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

Fri 8 Sep 2017

DOT Productions adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.

The Weir

The Weir

Fri 8 - Sat 16 Sep 2017

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

Living with Luke

Living With Luke

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre.

Layer Marney Tower

Outdoor Cinema - Shawshank Redemption

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Essex Outdoor Cinema brings the Shawshank Redemption to Layer Marney Tower this autumn. Bring a rug, bring a picnic, bring your friends and join us for a magical evening under the stars.

Tom Stade

Tom Stade: I Swear

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

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.

Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors

Wed 4 - Sat 14 Oct 2017

The classic musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

NT LIVE: Hamlet (Encore screening)

NT LIVE: Hamlet (Encore Screening)

Thu 5 Oct 2017

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy..

Lady Windemere's Fan

Lady Windemere's Fan by Oscar Wilde

Wed 11 Oct 2017

Adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic drama

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.

Stand-up at the Headgate

Stand-up at the Headgate

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Zahra Barri and Charmian Hughes appear as part of the Colchester Comedy Festival

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

Grow Up Grandad

Grow Up Grandad

Wed 18 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Inter-generational story of love, loss, hope and sadness.

L Clarke

Laurence Clarke: Independence

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre.

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

65daysofstatic

65DaysOfStatic + meemo Comma

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Noisy Instrumental Rock Music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Steemy Dan

Steemy Dan

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Steely Dan Tribute at Colchester Arts Centre.

Superglu

SuperGlu, Bad Pop + Shiners

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Vaudou Game

Vaudou Game

Wed 30 Aug 2017

Raw 70s Afro-Funk at Colchester Arts Centre.

Chas and Dave

Chas and Dave

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Cor Blimey it's Chas and Dave at The Mercury Theatre

Colchester Jazz Club

Chris Pearce's Frenchman Street Jazz Band

Sun 3 Sep 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Moot Hall Organ

Moot Hall Organ Recital - 'Paris in the late 1850s

Tue 5 Sep 2017

Lunchtime Organ recital on the magnificent Moot Hall Organ

Taupe

Taupe

Tue 5 Sep 2017

Experimental Beats at Colchester Arts Centre.

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.

Hydrogen

Set Sail Aboard Hydrogen

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival kicks off with a special Thames barge voyage

Colchester Jazz Club

East Coast Wanderers Jazz Band

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

Pons Aelius

Pons Aelius

Mon 11 Sep 2017

Folk music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Simon Finn

Simon Finn

Wed 13 Sep 2017

Folk music at Colchester Arts Centre.

Matthew Sharp

Roman River Music Festival: Opening Night.

Thu 14 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival begins in the Old Bus Depot

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at St James the Great Church

Joseph Toonga

Joseph Toonga

Fri 15 - Fri 8 Sep 2017

Contemporary and hip hop dance in St Martin's Church

Ladies Night

Ladies Night

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Come and enjoy a great night out at Prested Hall. Great food, music and dancing until Midnight.

Maya Youssef Trio

Maya Youssef Trio

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre

Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker – Cabaret Songs

Sat 16 Sep 2017

Roman River Music Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Jazz Club

Les Hanscombe's Tailgate Band

Sun 17 Sep 2017

Jazz in Marks Tey Parish Hall

What's On in Colchester

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65daysofstatic

65DaysOfStatic + meemo Comma

Colchester

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Noisy Instrumental Rock Music at Colchester Arts Centre.

CAT Timetable

Archaeological Finds Sorting

Colchester

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Meet a real archaeologist at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Clacton Airshow

Clacton Airshow

Clacton-on-Sea

Thu 24 - Fri 25 Aug 2017

Clacton-on-Sea's spectacular airshow continues into it's 26th year.

Explore Learning Free maths & English workshops!

Explore Learning Free Workshops

Colchester

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Explore Learning are excited to be holding FREE maths and English workshops to keep children's brains fighting fit over the summer holiday!

Lanterns

Halloween Lanterns

Colchester

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Family Activities at Hollytrees Museum

It's A Wrap

It's A Wrap!

Colchester

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Family Activities at Hollytrees Museum

Adventure Course

Pay and Play

Mersea Island

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Essex Outdoors Mersea - Pay and Play

Layer Marney

Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower

Colchester

Mon 21 - Thu 24 Aug 2017

Tractor Rides in July and August Monday to Thursday 2.00

Finishing with a picturesque putt

WFDF 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships

Colchester

Wed 23 - Sat 26 Aug 2017

The World Flying Disc Federation 2017 World Team Disc Golf Championships

CAT Timetable

Archaeological Finds Quiz and Handling

Colchester

Fri 25 Aug 2017

Meet a real archaeologist at Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Beer Festival

Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester

Fri 25 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Bank holiday beer festival at the Swan Inn, Chappel.

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Sudbury

Fri 25 Aug 2017

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

Castle Park Flower Bed

The History of Castle Park - Guided Tour

Colchester

Fri 25 Aug 2017

A guided tour through the ages of Castle Park

Tudor Re-enactment Hands On Event

Tudor Re-creation 'Hands On' Day

Sudbury

Fri 25 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Tudor High Summer is a very popular re-creation with over 250 costumed Tudor's going about their daily lives and living in the 16th century. Watch and participate in all the activities; bread making, butter churning and many more.

Coggeshall Flower Festival

30th Annual Coggeshall Flower Festival

Coggeshall

Sat 26 - Tue 29 Aug 2017

The 30th Annual Coggeshall Flower Festival will take place over the August bank holiday weekend in the beautiful Church of St Peter ad Vincula, which lies at the heart of the historic town of Coggeshall.

Cider & Wine Festival

6th Cider & Wine Festival

Colchester

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug 2017

Cider & Wine festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Forest Green Rovers

Colchester

Sat 26 Aug 2017

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sat 26 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 26 Aug 2017

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

Mersea Museum

Guided History Walks in West Mersea

Mersea Island

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Guided walks around Mersea

Polstead Exhibition

Polstead Exhibition

Colchester

Sat 26 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Sat 26, Sun 27, Mon 28 August, 10am to 5pm daily. Held in and around barns at Maria Martens Cottage, Polstead. 12 local artists and makers. Signposted in local area.

Roman Circus Centre

Roman Circus Guided Tour

Colchester

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Guided Tours of Colchester's Roman Circus and Visitor Centre

Steemy Dan

Steemy Dan

Colchester

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Steely Dan Tribute at Colchester Arts Centre.

Superglu

SuperGlu, Bad Pop + Shiners

Colchester

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

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.