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

Milton Impossible

Milton Jones: Milton Impossible

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Stand up Comedy at Charter Hall

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 3 Feb 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Phil Wang

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

Tue 4 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Rob Auton

Rob Auton: The Time Show

Sun 9 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Teddy Bear's Concert

Teddy Bear's Concert

Sun 9 Feb 2020

Family Classical Concert at Colchester Arts Centre

Ahir Shah

Ahir Shah: Dots

Sat 15 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

The Circus Of Horrors

The Circus Of Horrors - 25th Anniversary Tour

Sat 15 Feb 2020

The new Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 17 Feb 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

MATT RICHARDSON: THE IMPOSTER

Matt Richardson: The Imposter

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door Family Show

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door: In Charge

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Geoff Norcott

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Sun 23 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Jessica Fostekew

Jessica Fostekew

Tue 25 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon - Songs and Stories

Wed 26 Feb 2020

Rob Brydon entertains at Colchester's Charter Hall

Rhys James

Rhys James: Snitch

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 2 Mar 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Sweatbox Written by Chloë Moss

Sweatbox

Sat 14 Mar 2020

Play at Firstsite as part of Essex Book Festival

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 16 Mar 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 30 Mar 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Wed 1 - Sat 4 Apr 2020

Anne Frank was thirteen when she went into hiding in a secret apartment in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942

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

Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart

Sat 25 Jan 2020

The former PIL bassist plays at Colchester Arts Centre

Luther

Luther

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner Acoustic Show

Sun 26 Jan 2020

Charity gig by the folk-punk troubador, at Colchester Arts Centre

Don Kipper Klezmer Ensemble

Don Kipper Klezmer Ensemble

Tue 28 Jan 2020

Music at the University of Essex as part of Holocaust Memorial Day

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 8 Feb 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Teddy Bear's Concert

Teddy Bear's Concert

Sun 9 Feb 2020

Family Classical Concert at Colchester Arts Centre

Nicolas Meir

Nicolas Meir World Group

Sun 16 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

MICHAEL MCGOLDRICK, JOHN MCCUSKER & JOHN DOYLE

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle

Mon 17 Feb 2020

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Antigen Records

Antigen Records Party

Fri 21 Feb 2020

Local label showcase at Colchester Arts Centre

Dreadzone

Dreadzone

Sat 22 Feb 2020

Local label showcase at Colchester Arts Centre

Knight & Spiers

Knight & Spiers

Mon 24 Feb 2020

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Romeo and Juliet at the Headgate Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Mon 24 - Sat 29 Feb 2020

Protocol are back at the Headgate. Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flair.

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

Thu 27 Feb 2020

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Out Of Space

Out Of Space Presents 90s Dance Anthems

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Out of Space is a night dedicated to the best 90’s Dance Anthems.

Surfquake

Surfquake + Ed Sykes

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Out Of Space

Out Of Space Presents 90s Dance Anthems

Sun 1 Mar 2020

Out of Space is a night dedicated to the best 90’s Dance Anthems.

Live With The Femmes

Live! With the Femmes

Sun 8 Mar 2020

Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940’s with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist!

UCC Musical Theatre

Performance Platform w/ Harmonics Vocal Ensemble

Mon 9 Mar 2020

Students from the University Centre Colchester degree course present a varied programme of musical theatre numbers.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Mar 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Ultramarine and Philip Terry

Blackwaterside - Ultramarine and Philip Terry

Sun 15 Mar 2020

Live Music and Film Screening as part of Essex Book Festival

What's On in Colchester

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DARKER SHORES  by Michael Punter

DARKER SHORES

Colchester

Wed 22 - Sat 25 Jan 2020

DARKER SHORES by Michael Punter HEADGATE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS Suitable for age 14+

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Jan 2020

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Nature Tots

Nature Tots

Colchester

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Nature tots is a weekly parent and toddler group where young children can explore, play and learn through nature.

Milton Impossible

Milton Jones: Milton Impossible

Colchester

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Stand up Comedy at Charter Hall

Treasure Island - The Panto

Treasure Island - The Panto

Colchester

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Jan 2020

The Orpen Players present Treasure Island, The Panto at the Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt.

Open Mic

The Hook Open Mic

Colchester

Fri 24 Jan 2020

Open Mic Night at The University of Essex

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Colchester's parkrun takes place in the town's iconic Castle Park.

Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart

Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

The former PIL bassist plays at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester's Annual Chilli Challenge

Colchester's Annual Chilli Challenge

Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Join us for the 4th Annual Colchester Chilli Challenge and first Vegan-friendly How Hot Can You go Competition!

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester depating from the Visitor Information Centre

Treasure Island - The Panto

Treasure Island - The Panto

Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

The Orpen Players present Treasure Island, The Panto at the Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt.

Luther

Luther

Colchester

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner Acoustic Show

Colchester

Sun 26 Jan 2020

Charity gig by the folk-punk troubador, at Colchester Arts Centre

Goldcrest

Winter Birding Day

Colchester

Sun 26 Jan 2020

A day of winter birding: Essex Birdwatching Society present free guided walks with Swallow Birding

Lower Lake Cascade by Bryan Shaw

Winter Photography Workshop

Colchester

Sun 26 Jan 2020

Draw inspiration from the stunning surroundings of Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum for this fun and informative workshop with experienced professional photographer, Bryan Shaw. In the Winter workshop you will be concentrating on making the

Maria Tarasewicz and Jamal Aliyev

Cello Recital

Colchester

Sun 26 Jan 2020

Cello recital with Jamal Aliyev, cello and Maria Tarasewicz, piano

Prosecuting Evil

Holocaust Memorial Week: Prosecuting Evil

Colchester

Mon 27 Jan 2020

Film Screening at the University of Essex

Don Kipper Klezmer Ensemble

Don Kipper Klezmer Ensemble

Colchester

Tue 28 Jan 2020

Music at the University of Essex as part of Holocaust Memorial Day

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Swindon Town

Colchester

Tue 28 Jan 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Winter Beer Festival

Colchester Winter Ale Festival

Colchester

Wed 29 Jan - Sat 1 Feb 2020

Colchester Arts Centre's Beer Festival returns

Filmmaking Workshop

Masking and Revealing: Filmmaking Workshop

Colchester

Thu 30 Jan 2020

Film Making Workshop at the University of Essex

Stour Surrounding - Artists and the Valley

Stour Surrounding - Artists and the Valley

Colchester

Thu 30 Jan 2020

Film Premiere at Firstsite

FIVE STAR SWING

SWING TIME

Colchester

Thu 30 Jan 2020

FIVE STAR SWING

Elton John Tribute Night

Elton John Tribute Night

Colchester

Fri 31 Jan 2020

Join us for our Elton John Tribute on the 31st January!