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

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Firstsite

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

A weekend of book related talks and activities in Colchester

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis

Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr 2019

Headgate Theatre Productions - The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time. Of vital importance to the development of drama is the appearance of the first actresses upon the English stage....

Lee Mead

Lee Mead - My Story: A Dream That Became A Reality

Fri 5 Apr 2019

West End Stories on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Caroline's Kitchen

Caroline's Kitchen

Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr 2019

Searing Comedy on stage at the Mercury Theatre

The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps

The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps

Thu 11 - Fri 12 Apr 2019

Celebrated poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young (BBC 6 Music, Radio 4, The Wright Stuff) presents his thrilling new family performance.

Murder Mystery

Heirs and Graces - Murder at Warbrook Manor

Sat 13 Apr 2019

A evening’s of Murder Mystery PLUS a two-course carvery supper

Sir Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen on Stage

Wed 17 - Thu 18 Apr 2019

Sir Ian McKellen at the Mercury Theatre

Ink On The Road

Ink On The Road

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Apr 2019

Back by popular demand INK on the Road returns to The Headgate with a selection of the best new short plays directly from The INK Festival.

Ben & Holly

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

Tue 23 - Wed 24 Apr 2019

Ben & Holly at the Mercury Theatre

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax - How To Be Human

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Ruby Wax at the Mercury Theatre

Wivenhoe House - The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman At The House

Fri 26 Apr 2019

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for…The Great Showman is coming to Wivenhoe House!

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe and Friends

Tue 7 May 2019

Comedy night at The Mercury Theatre

Kate Humble

An Audience With Kate Humble

Wed 8 May 2019

Kate Humble at the Mercury Theatre

Solo for Two

Solo For Two

Thu 9 May 2019

Jean Abreu Dance presents Solo for Two ...

Burning Bridges

Burning Bridges

Tue 14 - Wed 15 May 2019

Burning Bridges by Amy Shindler.

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World Live

Sat 18 - Sun 19 May 2019

A Dino-mite Adventure at the Mercury Theatre

Shakespear's Daughter and The Vicar

Shakespeare's Daughter and The Vicar

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Pillowman

The Pillowman

Tue 28 - Wed 29 May 2019

Written by Martin McDonagh and Directed by Viktorija Kravcenko

All Hail Macbeth

All Hail Macbeth

Wed 26 Jun 2019

By Packing Shed Theatre Company.

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

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Thu 21 Mar 2019

'Rockgrass' performance at Colchester Arts Centre

Lee Scratch Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

Tue 26 Mar 2019

The reggae legend, on stage at Colchester Arts Centre

Kristen Hersh

Kristin Hersh (Electric Trio)

Fri 29 Mar 2019

The former Throwing Muses frontwoman play at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Symphony Orchestra - 13th April

Colchester Symphony Orchestra

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture Mahler: Rückert Lieder Soloist: Elinor Rolfe Johnson Mahler: Symphony No 1 Conductor: Chris Phelps Leader: Philippa Barton

Flook

Flook - "Iconic, Groundbreaking, Progressive Folk"

Mon 6 May 2019

Flook weaves and spins traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound.

UB40

UB40 - 40th Anniversary Tour - For The Many

Tue 14 May 2019

Reggae legends at Colchester's Charter Hall

Shallow Leisure

Chestburster/Fluoride/Aureole of Ash/Meadows

Tue 14 May 2019

Heavy Metal on the top floor at The Three Wise Monkeys

Greystock

Greystock Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Music Festival raising funds for Wivenhoe Tempest FC

Paul Young

Paul Young: 35 Years of 'No Parlez'

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young, Live at Charter Hall

Craig David

Craig David LIVE in Castle Park

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Craig David performs live in Colchester's Castle Park

Pipes in the Park

Pipes In The Park

Sun 9 Jun 2019

Scotland comes to Colchester for the annual event in Castle Park

Sir Tom Jones

Tom Jones - Live in Castle Park

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Sir Tom Jones brings his band to Colchester's Castle Park.

Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears

Sun 28 Jul 2019

The iconic duo play Colchester's Castle Park.

The Nearly Festival

The Nearly Festival 2019

Sat 3 - Sun 4 Aug 2019

Tribute Band Festival in Castle Park

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

What's On in Colchester

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Talk: An Audience with General Sir Mike Jackson

Talk: An Audience with General Sir Mike Jackson

Colchester

Tue 19 Mar 2019

Talk:An Audience with General Sir Mike Jackson The former head of the British Army discusses his high-profile career

Headgate Theatre

The Pajama Game

Colchester

Wed 20 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

Book by George Abbot and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler Performed by Platform Musicals

Curry & Quiz Evening

Mayor's Charities Curry & Quiz

Colchester

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Join us for a Curry & Quiz Night, in aid of the Mayor of Colchester’s Charities.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Colchester

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Directed By Danie McIntyre and Hannah Young.

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Colchester

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Come and enjoy singing from local Roy Orbison tribute Dave Collison, who will perform all the best-known hits from the Big O, plus classic songs from the sixties. The show takes place at Piatto Cafe, 17-19 Priory Walk, Colchester, CO1 1LG.

Dave Collison's Thursday Night Live!

Dave Collison's Thursday Night Live!

Colchester

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Local Roy Orbison Tribute artist Dave Collison will perform classic songs by The Big O plus popular hits from the 60s/70s at Piatto Cafe, 17-19 Priory Walk, Colchester CO1 1LG. Tickets from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/dave-collison

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Colchester

Thu 21 Mar 2019

'Rockgrass' performance at Colchester Arts Centre

Cheers

Paint Brush 'n Bubbles @West Street Vineyard

Coggeshall

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Paint Brush 'n Bubbles is a fun, relaxed, creative evening of painting with acrylics, on canvas, with a glass of bubbly, whilst listening to low-level atmospheric music.

The Beatles Tribute Night

The Beatles Tribute Night

Colchester

Fri 22 Mar 2019

Join us on the 22nd March for our Beatles Tribute Night!

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Spring Talks

Spring Talk: Fifties Fashion and Life

Clacton-on-Sea

Fri 22 Mar 2019

Speaker of social and costume history Sarah Shehadeh will be sharing on 1950's fashion and lifestyle bringing items to touch and see from the period. Don't mention the panties!

Janes' Walk Fundraising Supper

Jane’s Walk 2019: Fundraising Supper

Colchester

Fri 22 Mar 2019

Jane’s Walk 2019: Fundraising Supper with guest speaker Hana Loftus. Organised by Walk Colchester, Good Souls Bakes, Flavour Room, Food Without Fuss And Unique Bakes.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Colchester

Fri 22 Mar 2019

Directed By Danie McIntyre and Hannah Young.

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

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

Music and Dance

Colchester Rotary Festival of Music

Colchester

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

A platform for performance with supportive feedback from professional adjudicators in a friendly atmosphere.

Firstsite

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Colchester

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

A weekend of book related talks and activities in Colchester

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage World

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Vintage Fair in Colchester Town Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Langham Handmade Fair

Langham Handmade Fair

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Langham's 3rd Handmade Fair

Snowdrops, Spring Bulbs & Lambing

Snowdrop and Garden Walk

Sudbury

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

The perfect time of year to get outdoors and see the wonderful carpets of snowdrops and woodland walks.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Swing Night Dinner and Dance

Swing Dinner and Dance

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Fabulous dinner and dance with live entertainment by The Swing Band. Guests will enjoy a delicious three course meal with access to a fully stocked pay bar.

Swing Night - Dinner and Dance

Swing Night - Dinner and Dance

Colchester

Sat 23 Mar 2019

A night of live swing music playing memorable songs from the forties and fifties.

Colchester Half Marathon

Colchester Half Marathon 2019

Colchester

Sun 24 Mar 2019

Half Marathon around Colchester