Colchester Arts Centre

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Colchester Arts Centre is located in a venue as unique as the artists that perform there. The former church now hosts a regular programme of events ranging from jazz music, comedy shows, beer festivals, farmer's markets and folk clubs. Big acts play alongside quirky local events, and you are sure to find plenty of entertainment in the Arts Centre at every time of year.

Colchester Arts Centre is located in an old church with an interesting history. St Mary's at the Walls has a mix of 15th Century and Victorian architecture, with Roman tiles also visible in part of the building. The church was built next to the Roman Wall which encloses Colchester Town Centre, built after the Boudican revolt destroyed much of Roman Colchester.

With tales tying it to events during the Civil War and the Siege of Colchester, the church has survived the years and events of Colchester's tempestuous past. Today it is used to host the variety of artistic events happening at the Arts Centre.

The venue has a capacity of 300 seated or 400 standing.

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Guide Prices

Ticket prices for events range from free to £20.



  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access - Colchester Arts Centre is a fully accessible venue. For full details of accessibility please visit
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

Colchester Arts Centre Parking The closest car park to the Arts Centre is St Mary's Car Park. Find out more about parking in Colchester.  

Public Transport Directions

Many buses that come into Colchester Town Centre Colchester stop on Head Street and the High Street, which are both just a few minutes' walk from the venue. The closest train station is Colchester Town Station, a 15 minute walk from the Arts Centre. Colchester North Station is a 20 minute walk away (follow the Fixing the Link walking trail) or only a 10 minute journey by bus. There are bike racks at the Arts Centre.

Colchester Arts Centre


Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF

Tel: 01206 500900

Fax: 01206 500187