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

The Thelmas

Mercury Monday Masterclass: With The Thelmas

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Online Creative Masterclass - Limited Places

Online Fundraising Guidance Event

Introduction to Fundraising & Arts Council Support

Wed 8 Apr 2020

Online Guidance Session - Limited Places

Mercury Sing A Long

Mercury Movie Sing-A-Long

Wed 8 Apr 2020

Online Sing A Long - Places Limited

Credit: Idil Sukan

Shazia Mirza: Coconut *POSTPONED*

Sat 11 Apr 2020

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2020.

Wind In The Willows

Wind In The Willows *CANCELLED*

Tue 14 - Fri 17 Apr 2020

A four-day workshop for young people aged 8 to 16.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club *CANCELLED*

Mon 27 Apr 2020

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

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King *POSTPONED*

Sat 2 May 2020

Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club *CANCELLED*

Mon 11 May 2020

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

Mark Billingham

An Audience with Mark Billingham *POSTPONED*

Fri 15 May 2020

MARK BILLY BILLINGHAM is TV’s most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and sniper. Billy is a former SAS Sergeant Major Class 1 and Bodyguard to the Stars including Brad Pitt, Angelena Jolie and Russell Crowe.

Live Milkshake

Live Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Sat 30 May 2020

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Dream Boys

Dream Boys 2020 *POSTPONED*

Fri 19 Jun 2020

The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2020.

Little Mix

Little Mix - Summer 2020

Fri 10 Jul 2020

LITTLE MIX ANNOUNCE SUMMER 2020 TOUR World’s Biggest Girl Band to Headline Colchester JobServe Community Stadium – Friday 10 July 2020

Jason Donovan

Jason Donavon - "Even More Good Reasons"

Fri 18 Sep 2020

Jason can’t wait to play his first music concert tour in four years with his ‘Even More Good Reasons’ Tour. Don’t miss it!

Paul Smith

Paul Smith: Changed

Thu 22 Oct 2020

A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his 3rd and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off the cuff wit.

John Bishop

John Bishop

Thu 3 Dec 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

Forbidden Nights

Forbidden Nights 2020

Fri 11 Dec 2020

Fantasies don’t come any better than this with sizzling new acts and stunning routines. Brace yourself for two hours of thrilling action, provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden night out (and a few men in uniform thrown in)

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

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 11 Apr 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.

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King *POSTPONED*

Sat 2 May 2020

Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 9 May 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.

Girls Night Out

Fizzy Friday *CANCELLED*

Fri 15 May 2020

If you’re looking for the very best hassle-free girls night out, then look no further than this fun packed evening of entertainment in the stunning Moot Hall.

Greystock

Greystock Festival *CANCELLED*

Fri 22 - Mon 25 May 2020

Greystock is well underway — an annual festival that’s suitable for the whole family. Greystock Festival gives the community access to events and audiences that otherwise wouldn’t be possible at the local level.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 13 Jun 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.

Little Mix

Little Mix - Summer 2020

Fri 10 Jul 2020

LITTLE MIX ANNOUNCE SUMMER 2020 TOUR World’s Biggest Girl Band to Headline Colchester JobServe Community Stadium – Friday 10 July 2020

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 11 Jul 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.

90s Party

Now That's a 90's Party! (5ive & S Club)

Sat 8 Aug 2020

90s pop at Colchester's Charter Hall

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 8 Aug 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.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 12 Sep 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.

Jason Donovan

Jason Donavon - "Even More Good Reasons"

Fri 18 Sep 2020

Jason can’t wait to play his first music concert tour in four years with his ‘Even More Good Reasons’ Tour. Don’t miss it!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 10 Oct 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.

George Micheal celebration Fastlove

Fastlove

Sat 24 Oct 2020

The World’s largest George Michael celebration FASTLOVE is back with a brand new show for 2020. Now touring in 18 countries, FASTLOVE has quickly become a global phenomenon and you can be a part of it on this amazing journey.

10CC

10CC - All the Hits and More

Fri 6 Nov 2020

The legendary 10cc have announced a mammoth 25-date UK tour for Autumn 2020, performing the hits which have singled them out as one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 14 Nov 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.

Calling Planet Earth

Calling Planet Earth

Sat 28 Nov 2020

“THE SHOW THAT DEFINES A DECADE” A New Romantic Symphony that goes on a journey through one of the greatest musical Era’s of All Time – The Electrifying 80’s

Magic of Motown 2020

Magic of Motown

Fri 4 Dec 2020

Celebrating 60 magical years of Motown, immerse yourself in the sound of a generation as The Magic of Motown returns to the stage! Get ready to Reach Out for a brand new show in 2020 with all your favourite Motown songs.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Sat 12 Dec 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.

What's On in Colchester

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The Thelmas

Mercury Monday Masterclass: With The Thelmas

Colchester

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Online Creative Masterclass - Limited Places

Bambino Class

Easter Bambino ((BOUNCE)) *CLOSED*

Colchester

Tue 7 Apr 2020

Taking place at The Orpen Memorial Hall, Lexden Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3BW. A 45 min fun filled session on mini trampolines suitable for ages 4-11. Younger siblings welcome to watch.

Strictly Sherlock

Strictly Sherlock *CLOSED*

Colchester

Tue 7 Apr 2020

In this one-man show, Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes.

Online Fundraising Guidance Event

Introduction to Fundraising & Arts Council Support

Colchester

Wed 8 Apr 2020

Online Guidance Session - Limited Places

Mercury Sing A Long

Mercury Movie Sing-A-Long

Colchester

Wed 8 Apr 2020

Online Sing A Long - Places Limited

Feeringbury Manor

Open Gardens: Feeringbury Manor *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Thu 9 - Fri 10 Apr 2020

Open Gardens at Feeringbuy Manor

Day Out With Thomas

Days Out With Thomas *MUSEUM CLOSED*

Colchester

Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr 2020

Celebrate Thomas' 75th Birthday year at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Science Museum

The Science Museum Comes To Colchester *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr 2020

Science fun at Colcheser Castle

Camulodunum to Colchester

CANCELLED - Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 11 Apr 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

Slack Folk

SlackFolk *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Sat 11 Apr 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.

Credit: Idil Sukan

Shazia Mirza: Coconut *POSTPONED*

Colchester

Sat 11 Apr 2020

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2020.

Voices In Her Head

Voices In Her Head *CLOSED*

Colchester

Sat 11 Apr 2020

American comic/ventriloquist Trish Dunn and her VentCrew take the absurdity out of eveyday life, turn it on its head and generate "side-splitting" and "oops I peed my pants" laughter.

Tudor Roost

Open Gardens: Tudor Roost *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Sun 12 - Mon 13 Apr 2020

Open Gardens at Feeringbuy Manor

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Oldham Athletic *POSTPONED*

Colchester

Mon 13 Apr 2020

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Boadicea Haranguing the Britons

Boudicca: The Face of a Celtic World *CLOSED*

Colchester

Tue 14 Apr 2020

When Iceni king Prasutagus died, Boudicca rebelled with such ferocity her name was heard throughout the Empire.

Wind In The Willows

Wind In The Willows *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Tue 14 - Fri 17 Apr 2020

A four-day workshop for young people aged 8 to 16.

Piano Divas / The Music's On Me

Piano Divas / The Music's On Me *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Wed 15 Apr 2020

With a voice that has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall, Wendy Kirkland performs material from her critically acclaimed albums 'Piano Divas' and 'The Music's On Me'.

Feeringbury Manor

Open Gardens: Feeringbury Manor *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Thu 16 - Fri 17 Apr 2020

Open Gardens at Feeringbuy Manor

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr 'Terribly Funny' *POSTPONED*

Colchester

Thu 16 Apr 2020

Chambers Touring Ltd Presents Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes.

Fantastic Fossils

Fantastic Fossils *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Fri 17 Apr 2020

Drop in and meet the wonderful fossil experts from GeoSuffolk and find out more about the amazing fossils unearthed in this area.

Camulodunum to Colchester

CANCELLED - Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 18 Apr 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

Eastern Swing

Eastern Swing *CANCELLED*

Colchester

Sat 18 Apr 2020

Fourteen of East Anglia's finest and most versatile musicians just love getting together to play big band music.

Family Entertainment Essex Rebels Basketball

Family Entertainment Basketball *CLOSED*

Colchester

Sun 19 Apr 2020

Family fun with basketball games, giveaways, competitions, DJ, kids activities and more! Watch the Essex Rebels Teams play in a fast-paced action-packed game of basketball right on your doorstep.

Anna Massie and Mairearad Green

Mairearad Green and Anna Massie *POSTPONED*

Colchester

Mon 20 Apr 2020

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion, bagpipes & vocals) and Anna Massie (guitar, fiddle & vocals) are a truly captivating duo.