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.


Wednesday, 1st February 2023 - Wednesday, 1st February 2023

Seth LakemanSeth LakemanWest country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman plays at Colchester Arts Centre.
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Thursday, 2nd February 2023 - Thursday, 2nd February 2023

Holding Absence + Void of VisionLive music at Colchester Arts Centre
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Saturday, 4th February 2023 - Saturday, 4th February 2023

The Story of SwingLive music at Colchester Arts Centre
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Sunday, 5th February 2023 - Sunday, 5th February 2023

A teddy peeping down from the top of the frameTeddy Bear's ConcertFamily Classical Concert at Colchester Arts Centre
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Monday, 6th February 2023 - Monday, 6th February 2023

The Sharon Shannon TrioLive music at Colchester Arts Centre
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Wednesday, 8th February 2023 - Wednesday, 8th February 2023

Battle of the BandsBattle of the BandsFierce competition featuring bands from Colchester Sixth Form College.
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Thursday, 9th February 2023 - Thursday, 9th February 2023

Tom Stade: The High RoadTom Stade: The High RoadComedy at Colchester Arts Centre
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Friday, 10th February 2023 - Friday, 10th February 2023

Iness Mezel & Nora Abdoun Berber DuoIness Mezel & Nora Abdoun Berber DuoAward-winning singer and songwriter Iness Mezel, performs a duo with her life-long friend and bandmate Nora Abdoun.
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Sunday, 12th February 2023 - Sunday, 12th February 2023

Harvey / O'Higgins ProjecHarvey / O'Higgins Project + His 'n HersThe Harvey/O'Higgins Project concentrates its musical direction on the Hard Bop innovations of the late 50's and early 60's.oun.
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Thursday, 16th February 2023 - Thursday, 16th February 2023

Paul Foot: Swan PowerPaul Foot: Swan PowerComedy at Colchester Arts Centre
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Friday, 17th February 2023 - Friday, 17th February 2023

The VaporsThe VaporsLive music at Colchester Arts Centre
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Saturday, 18th February 2023 - Saturday, 18th February 2023

HengeHengeLive music at Colchester Arts Centre
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Sunday, 19th February 2023 - Sunday, 19th February 2023

Carl Hutchinson: Watch Till The EndCarl Hutchinson: Watch Till The EndComedy at Colchester Arts Centre
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Tuesday, 21st February 2023 - Tuesday, 21st February 2023

Beans on ToastBeans on ToastOutlaw Folk musician ‘Beans on Toast’ is playing at Colchester Arts Centre
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Tuesday, 28th March 2023 - Tuesday, 28th March 2023

Paul T Davies: Bury Me In Colchester MudPaul T Davies: Bury Me In Colchester MudRevived and performed as part of the cultural celebrations of Colchester being granted City status, this new production will be staged in one of the sites where the siege took place- now Colchester Arts Centre!
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Friday, 21st April 2023 - Friday, 21st April 2023

John Kearns - The Varnishing DaysJohn Kearns - The Varnishing DaysStand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre
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  • 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