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.


Tuesday, 31st October 2023 - Tuesday, 31st October 2023

Classic Horror Night: Scars of Dracula (1970)Classic Horror Night: Scars of Dracula (1970)Film Screening at Colchester Arts Centre
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Wednesday, 6th December 2023 - Wednesday, 6th December 2023

The Sugar Dandies' Christmas Tea DanceThe Sugar Dandies' Christmas Tea DanceA modern and fun twist on an old-fashioned afternoon tea dance
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Sunday, 10th December 2023 - Sunday, 10th December 2023

A Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas: The Movie... And the Music of Vince GuaraldiAn extra special evening of Christmas music, performed by film and TV animation composer Jason Frederick and his musicians.
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Thursday, 14th December 2023 - Thursday, 14th December 2023

Sh!t Theatre: Sing-a-long-a Muppet Christmas CarolSh!t Theatre: Sing-a-long-a Muppet Christmas CarolAn extra special evening of Christmas music, performed by film and TV animation composer Jason Frederick and his musicians.
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Saturday, 16th December 2023 - Saturday, 16th December 2023

John Cooper ClarkeChristmas Poetry Bash w/ John Cooper Clarke, Martin Newell, and Luke WrightLocal poets of some repute peform their annual Christmas show. The hottest ticket in town!
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Tuesday, 19th December 2023 - Tuesday, 19th December 2023

Mediaeval BaebesMediaeval BaebesAfter the success of last year’s ‘MydWynter’ tour and dark seasonal album, the classical chart-topping choir will be weaving its story-telling magic once again this Christmas.
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Wednesday, 20th December 2023 - Wednesday, 20th December 2023

A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS: THE STALLS OF TARCHESTERA Ghost Story For Christmas: The Stalls of TarchesterGhostly Nonsense at Colchester Arts Centre
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Friday, 22nd December 2023 - Sunday, 31st December 2023

Theatre of Widdershins: The GIngerbread Man & A Pot Full of MagicTheatre of Widdershins: The GIngerbread Man & A Pot Full of MagicFestive Family Puppetry at Colchester Arts Centre
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Saturday, 23rd December 2023 - Sunday, 24th December 2023

A Christmas Carol by CandlelightA Christmas Carol by CandlelightColchester Arts Centre Director Anthony Roberts’ traditional rendition of the Dickens classic, with musical accompaniment by Jamie Cunliffe.
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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