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

Frankie's Guys

Frankie's Guys

Sat 17 Feb 2018

A celebration of Frankie Valli at the Mercury Theatre

A Heart At Sea

Half A String: A Heart At Sea

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Childrens Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Shedding Skin

Shedding Skin

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Feb 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre

Turn of the Screw

Turn of the Screw

Fri 23 Feb - Sat 10 Mar 2018

Turn of the Screw, Henry James’ famous ghost story, is rendered fresh, thrilling and moving in Tim Luscombe’s brand new adaptation.

Viva La Camp

Viva La Camp

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box by Jonathan Young

Mon 26 - Tue 27 Feb 2018

A spellbinding new play at the Headgate Theatre

Harrogate

Harrogate

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018

On stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Poetry Brothel

Poetry Brothel Colchester

Thu 1 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival continues in Three Wise Monkeys

The Chef Show

The Chef Show

Thu 1 Mar 2018

Curry & Comedy combine in this play at the Lakeside Theatre

Michael Frayn

Essex Book Festival: Michael Frayn

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival Continues at the Lakeside Theatre

No One Loves US Here

No One Loves Us Here

Tue 6 - Wed 7 Mar 2018

Dark comedy at the Lakeside Theatre

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

Thu 8 Mar 2018

One-woman show at the Lakeside Theatre

Memento Mori

Memento Mori

Thu 8 - Sat 10 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival continues at the Mercury Theatre

Circus of Horrors

Circus of Horrors

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Bizarre and Fantastic Circus at Charter Hall

Lipsinkers

The Lipsinkers

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Classic Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the roof

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Classic Musical at the William Loveless Hall

Bazaar & Rummage

Bazaar and Rummage by Sue Townsend

Wed 14 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Bittersweet comedy at the Headgate Theatre

Growing Pains

Tom Gill: Growing Pains

Wed 14 Mar 2018

One Man Show at Colchester Arts Centre

The Thing

The Thing That Came From Over There

Fri 16 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Comedy Horror at the Mercury Theatre

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

Frankie's Guys

Frankie's Guys

Sat 17 Feb 2018

A celebration of Frankie Valli at the Mercury Theatre

Whitney Houston Tribute

Whitney Houston Tribute

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club - Northside Jazz Band

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Greg Russell

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Mon 19 Feb 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Big Country

Big Country

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Madness Tribute

Madness Tribute

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Viva La Camp

Viva La Camp

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Barry Palser's Savoy Jazz

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Party Like It's 1599

Party Like It's 1599

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Medieval music at Colchester Arts Centre

Kit Hawes

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Sieben

Sieben + The Dead Rat Orchestra + Fishclaw

Wed 28 Feb 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Luther Vandross Tribute

Luther Vandross Tribute

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

The Sam Plackett Trio

The Sam Plackett Trio

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Modern Jazz at the Headgate Theatre

Dingus Khan

Dingus Khan

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Local heroes launch their new album at Colchester Arts Centre

Mo Town Tribute

Motown Tribute

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium!

Dudley Moore

Chris Ingham Quartet: The Jazz of Dudley Moore

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: New Orleans Jazz Bandits

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Knight & Spiers

Knight and Spiers

Mon 5 Mar 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Itch

Itch (The King Blues Unplugged)

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Take That Tribute

Take That Tribute

Fri 9 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

What's On in Colchester

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Flatford

Flatford Ramble - A Winter Wander

Dedham

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Guided Ramble from Flatford Bridge Cottage

Frankie's Guys

Frankie's Guys

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

A celebration of Frankie Valli at the Mercury Theatre

A Heart At Sea

Half A String: A Heart At Sea

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Childrens Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Murder Mystery Weekend

Valentines Murder Mystery at Wivenoe House Hotel

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Murder Mystery at Wivenhoe House

Whitney Houston Tribute

Whitney Houston Tribute

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Beginners Lime Plastering

Beginners Lime Plastering

Coggeshall

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Learn how to buy, store and mix lime plaster, add hair, cut, fix and treat batons, use sheeps wool insulation and finish - bottomless tea. Matt Nixon will show you before you have a go - try the tools and get ready for the Bank Holiday

Farmers Market

Wivenhoe Farmers Market

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Farmers Market in Wivenhoe

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Grayson Perry - Exhibition Tour

Grayson Perry Exhibition Tours

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Guided Tour of The Life of Julie Cope,

Make a splash you will never forget!

The Big Sea Dip!

Brightlingsea

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Take a splash in the sea and raise money for charity.

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Colchester

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Colne Lightship

Cars on the Colne

Colchester

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Classic Car show and lightship open morning

Coggeshall village hall

Coggeshall Vintage, Antiques and Collectors Fair

Coggeshall

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Browse through history with a huge variety of Antiques, collectables, Vintage & Retro items there's something for everyone ! Great local food served from breakfast to tea & cake available all day

Colchester Holidays & Cruise Show 2018

Colchester Holidays & Cruise Show 2018

Colchester

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Join local holiday & cruise specialists Fred. Olsen Travel Agents

Nature in Watercolour

Nature in Watercolour

Colchester

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Learn how to paint with watercolours

Savitri Grier, violin with Richard Uttley, piano

Savitri Grier, violin with Richard Uttley, piano

Colchester

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Violin Recital at St Mary the Virgin Church, East Bergholt.

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club - Northside Jazz Band

Colchester

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Greg Russell

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Colchester

Mon 19 Feb 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Bawdsey Radar Trust

The History of Bawdsey Radar

Colchester

Mon 19 Feb 2018

Part of the Winter Lecture programme, organised by Colchester Archaeological Group

Rob Newman

Rob Newman: A Total Eclipse of Descartes

Colchester

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Colchester

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Shedding Skin

Shedding Skin

Colchester

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Feb 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre