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

A Sidecar Named Despair

A Sidecar Named Despair

Tue 17 - Thu 19 Sep 2019

Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

Kinks UK

Kinks UK

Fri 20 Sep 2019

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ...

 Fat Frog Comedy with Tony Law & Simon Brodkin

Fat Frog Comedy with Tony Law & Simon Brodkin

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Located at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Layer De La Haye, this is a “Bring Your Own Booze” event so you won't have to queue at the bar or spend a fortune on drinks. Just buy your ticket, bring your own booze, sit back and enjoy the show!

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written....

John Finnemore

John Finnemores Flying Visit

Sat 28 Sep 2019

John Finnemore, writer and star of the multi-award winning BBC Radio shows “John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme”, “Cabin Pressure” and “John Finnemore’s Double Acts” brings his new live show to the stage!

The Vicar of Dibley

The Vicar of Dibley

Tue 1 - Sat 5 Oct 2019

Based quite faithfully on episodes from the first two series of The Vicar of Dibley we meet all the wonderful characters that made up the parish that Geraldine Grainger descended on.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019

Wed 9 Oct 2019

Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE.

Wed 9 - Sat 12 Oct 2019

Funny, dark and unforgettable, expect the unexpected! Contains strong language and adult themes.

Radiant Vermin

Radiant Vermin

Mon 14 - Sat 19 Oct 2019

A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, Radiant Vermin is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality.

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Fri 18 Oct 2019

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian at Charter Hall

The Affair

THE AFFAIR

Thu 24 Oct 2019

A hilarious and uplifting new play about relationships, with all the ingredients of a great comedy... clown, bouffon, vaudeville and slapstick!

Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Travel Stories at Colchester's Charter Hall

Memories Are Made of This

Memories Are Made of This

Sat 26 Oct 2019

'Re-live the early music of Cliff, The Shadows and many others as we take a nostalgic trip back to the fabulous sounds of a golden era'

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band

THE CLOCKS GO BACK…”CABARET FOR AN AUTUMN DAY"

Sun 27 Oct 2019

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band’s exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour

Holiday Workshop - Matilda in 20

Holiday Workshop - Matilda in 20

Tue 29 Oct - Fri 1 Nov 2019

This holiday tackle an abridged version of Tim Minchin’s popular musical, featuring famous songs and dances from the show.

Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices

DOM MACKIE’S POOR LIFE CHOICES

Tue 29 Oct 2019

Dom Mackie is only in his early twenties, but he has already made many stupid decisions.

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

Tue 29 Oct 2019

With nearly 40 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new comedy talent, and remains the place to see tomorrows stars today.

Ben Elton

Ben Elton - Live 2019

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

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

Kinks UK

Kinks UK

Fri 20 Sep 2019

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ...

St Botolphs

Heritage Open Day - St Botolph's Priory Fun Day

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Fun Day and Market in St Botolph's Priory

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written....

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 12 Oct 2019

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.

Colchester Symphony Orchestra concert

Colchester Symphony Orchestra concert

Sat 19 Oct 2019

‘Music associated with London’ Elgar: Overture Cockaigne (In London Town) Elgar: ‘Cello Concerto Soloist: Rowena Calvert Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2 ‘A London Symphony’

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Sun 20 Oct 2019

After last year’s successful concert, award-winning pianist and composer, Matyas Bacsó is back at the Headgate Theatre to introduce his newest album of piano compositions ‘Fragments (From Everyday Life)’.

Big 90s Festival

The Big Nineties Festival

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Go back to the 90s in Lower Castle Park

Memories Are Made of This

Memories Are Made of This

Sat 26 Oct 2019

'Re-live the early music of Cliff, The Shadows and many others as we take a nostalgic trip back to the fabulous sounds of a golden era'

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band

THE CLOCKS GO BACK…”CABARET FOR AN AUTUMN DAY"

Sun 27 Oct 2019

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band’s exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour

Chico Chica

Chico Chica

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Led by composer Barbara Snow and lyricist Tom Hannah, this exciting four-piece takes a myriad of musical ingredients - tango, chanson, rai, rumba, jazz and cabaret - resulting an unforgettable evening of song and entertainment.

Halloween Spooktacular Party Night

Halloween Spooktacular Party Night

Fri 1 Nov 2019

There is no better or spookier way to spend your Halloween celebrations than at our Halloween Spooktacular Party Night!

Showstoppers

Showstoppers

Sat 2 Nov 2019

From Les Mis to Chicago this choir is sure to get you dancing in your seats!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 9 Nov 2019

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.

A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

Wed 20 - Sat 23 Nov 2019

Platform Musicals celebrate their 25th anniversary with Andrew Hodgson's new production of one of Stephen Sondheim's most popular and acclaimed musicals.

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Sun 1 Dec 2019

The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever!

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Folk singer Kate Rusby will be at Charter Hall on 9 December

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Dec 2019

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.

Eclipse At Five Past Seven

Eclipse At Five Past Seven

Sun 15 Dec 2019

A relaxing evening of winter-warming music. A mix of seasonal favourites blended together in the unique style of Eclipse.

Crissy Lee

Crissy Lee Quintet

Wed 18 Dec 2019

One of the UK's most experienced female drummers and tutors, Crissy appears with her special guest singer/saxophonist, Alec Pitman.

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Waders at Fingringhoe Wick

What's the Wader?

Colchester

Mon 16 Sep 2019

What's the Wader? Bird ID Course

Grey Plover

Birds of the Blackwater: Evening Lecture

Colchester

Mon 16 Sep 2019

Come along for a evening lecture on the Birds of the Blackwater

A Sidecar Named Despair

A Sidecar Named Despair

Colchester

Tue 17 - Thu 19 Sep 2019

Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

St Peter's Church

Heritage Open Day: St Peter's Church

Colchester

Wed 18 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

St Peter's Church opens to the public for Heritage Open Days 2019

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations Workshop

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations Workshop - 19/9

Colchester

Thu 19 Sep 2019

These fun festive workshops are a great way to be creative and make an item you can treasure for years to come.

Jersey Boys Tribute Night

Jersey Boys tribute Night

Colchester

Fri 20 Sep 2019

Join us here at JobServe Community Stadium for the return of our Jersey Boy's Tribute!

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Sep 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

St James the Less & St Helens

Heritage Open Day: St James the Less Church

Colchester

Fri 20 Sep 2019

St James the Less & St Helen's Church opens for Heritage Open Day 2019

Speakeasy

Speakeasy - A Prohibition Drinks Festival

Colchester

Fri 20 Sep 2019

1920’s glamour awaits as we sweep you back 100 years to an era where mobsters mingled with movie stars, the liquor was wet and the good times roared.

Kinks UK

Kinks UK

Colchester

Fri 20 Sep 2019

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ...

Bazaar

Bazaar

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

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

Sparlings

Heritage Open Day- Sparlings Solicitors

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Sparlings Solicitors open for Heritage Open Day

St Martin's Church

HODs 2019: St Martin's Church

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

St Martin's Church will open for Heritage Open Weekends after being closed to the public for over a year.

Prosecco Festival

Prosecco Festival

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

The ultimate festival for Prosecco lover!

Colchester Castle

Special Iron Age Tours

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Special guided tours for Heritage Open Day 2019.

Wivenhoe Market

Wivenhoe Market

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Village Market in Wivenhoe

St Botolphs

Heritage Open Day - St Botolph's Priory Fun Day

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Fun Day and Market in St Botolph's Priory

Autumn craft fair

Simply events...Autumn craft fair

Manningtree

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Autumn craft fair

Ranger Alex

Ranger Ramble

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Join our Ranger for a guided ramble round the reserve

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Tudor Michaelmas

Tudor Michaelmas

Sudbury

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

Come and join the Tudors (their last visit for this year) at our Michaelmas Re-creation. It's an important time for Tudors who will be celebrating a good harvest that will take them through the harsh winter months.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Leyton Orient

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

 Fat Frog Comedy with Tony Law & Simon Brodkin

Fat Frog Comedy with Tony Law & Simon Brodkin

Colchester

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Located at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Layer De La Haye, this is a “Bring Your Own Booze” event so you won't have to queue at the bar or spend a fortune on drinks. Just buy your ticket, bring your own booze, sit back and enjoy the show!