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University Gallery

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

tel: 01206 873184

Birch Gallery

Birch Gallery Tearoom, Fujita, 2 Birch Street, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0NF

tel: 01206 331363

Art gallery displaying fine detail watercolours by John Harrison, Originals high quailty prints and greeting cards for sale. Tea room providing teas speciality, coffees, lunches, snacks and cream teas. Closed on Mon & Tues.

Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF

tel: 01206 500900

The home of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children's shows, clubs, farmer's markets, gigs and more.


Colchester Institute, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL

tel: 01206 518141


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Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL

tel: 01206 712999

Professional concert hall offering professional and student concerts in the evenings and educational workshops and concerts in the afternoons. Concert hall capacity is 150, disabled access, licensed bar at selected events.

Cuckoo Farm Studios

Boxted Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5HH

tel: 01787 464280

Dedham Art & Craft Centre

High Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AD

tel: 01206 322666

Dedham Art & Craft Centre is housed in a converted church in this popular village. The Centre exudes historic charm and is the perfect place to visit, shop and eat.


King's Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER

tel: 01255 553333

CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT. One of the oldest (1911) least altered, purpose-built cinemas in Britain. Write for programme of films (enclose SAE) to Electric Palace Cinema, Kings Quay St, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER.

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Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

tel: 01206 577067

A spectacular new venue for contemporary visual arts, Firstsite offers a changing programme of exhibitions by international artists, creative events and activities for the whole family, plus talks, films, workshops and more. Entry is free.


Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT

tel: 01206 366000

Lakeside Theatre

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

tel: 01206 873261

Lakeside Theatre is a hidden gem. We present the best in touring fringe theatre performances, home grown performances, music and local groups. Set in parkland with café, lakes, sculptures and ducks. Twitter @lakesidetheatre

Mercury Theatre

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Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

tel: 01206 573948

A highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classic plays and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community.


Mistley Quay Workshops, Mistley, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1HB

tel: 01206 393884

Arts and Crafts workshop with exhibitions. Cafe with home cooked food, cakes, coffee and licensed for alcohol.

North House Gallery

The Walls, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1AS

tel: 01206 392717

Riverside gallery with monthly selling exhibitions of work by modern and contemporary artists of East Anglian, national and international fame.

Sculpt Gallery

Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree, Essex, CO5 0QB

tel: 07980 768616

Sculpt Gallery boasts an exciting programme of exhibitions promoting high quality contemporary British sculpture and fine art ceramics.

The Minories

The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE

tel: 01206 712437

The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media.


27 Middleborough, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TG

tel: 01206 573931

Sentinel Gallery

Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, CO7 9DX

tel: 01206 827490

A newly opened art gallery, located in the heart of Wivenhoe. Hosting regularly changing exhibitions of local artists of 2D and 3D, alongside Pru Green's own pottery workshop is a ceramic room of her pots and others with jewellery.