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

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester Comedy Festival

Fri 13 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Colchester's Annual Comedy Festival returns for the 5th year.

Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Touching and Funny Family Drama at the Mercury Theatre

(c) University of Essex

Film Screening: Defense Counsel Sedov

Thu 19 Oct 2017

A screening of Russia’s only Bafta award winning film, Defence of Counsel Sedov.

Lawyer

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Drama at the Lakeside Theatre

L Clarke

Laurence Clarke: Independence

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre.

Comedy Store

Daliso Chaponda, Jo Caulfield, Hal Cruttenden

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Charter Hall

Great Odds

Great Odds

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Children's Theatre at the Mercury

Jon Culshaw

The Great British Take Off

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues with Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare at Colchester Arts Centre.

Oxide Ghosts

Oxide Ghosts: the Brass Eye Tapes

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Film Screening and Q&A with Director, Michael Cumming

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Oct 2017

Dinosaur Adventure at the Mercury

Funeral Games

Funeral Games

Tue 24 - Wed 25 Oct 2017

Joe Orton's Classic Black Comedy at the Lakeside Theatre

Jimeoin

Jimeoin: Ridiculous

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Stand-Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre.

The Magic Flute

Opera Up Close - The Magic Flute

Wed 25 Oct 2017

Opera at the Mercury Theatre

Rvd Billy

Rvd Billy: Trump Depression Hotline Tour

Wed 25 Oct 2017

Anti-consumerist Choir at Colchester Arts Centre.

Andy Parsons

Andy Parsons - Peak Bullsh*t

Fri 27 Oct 2017

TV Comedian at the Mercury Theatre

Witchfinder

Witchfinder - 10th anniversary Film Screening

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Anniversary of a locally produced film at the Headgate Theatre

Essex Quest

BBC Essex Quest - Live On Stage

Sat 28 Oct 2017

Popular Radio Show on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Odyssey

There & Back Again - An Odyssey

Sat 28 Oct 2017

Classical Civilisation... For Kids! at Colchester Arts Centre

Deathtrap

Deathtrap

Mon 30 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017

A brand new production of the classic thriller at the Mercury Theatre

Mermaid

Mermaid by Polly Teale

Wed 1 - Fri 3 Nov 2017

Play at St Martin's Church

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

Frank Iero

Frank Iero & The Patience

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Rock Music at Colchester Arts Centre

H2

H2 Dance: Srangers & Others

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Interactive Performance Art at Colchester Arts Centre

Three Wise Monkeys

Helen Connelly - EP Launch!

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Three Wise Monkeys

Jim Reynolds' EP Launch Night

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

SlackFolk Autumn Acoustic Mini Festival

SlackFolk Autumn Acoustic Mini Festival

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Enjoy the outstanding art exhibitions at Firstsite to the sounds of a collection of outstanding musicians from around Essex.

Castalian String Quartet

Castalian String Quartet

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Classical Music at St Mary the Virgin Church

Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood Band

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Memphis Blues at Colchester Arts Centre

Three Wise Monkeys

The Prettiest Starman: The Genius of David Bowie

Sun 22 Oct 2017

David Bowie Tribute at Three Wise Monkeys

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson - Trails & Tribulations Tour

Mon 23 Oct 2017

World Class Guitarist at Colchester Arts Centre

AKDK

AKDK

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Frenetic Noise at Colchester Arts Centre

Wannabe

Wannabe

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Spice Girls Tribute Band at the Mercury Theatre

Three Wise Monkeys

Electric Ocean LIVE

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Oct 2017

Halloween at Twisters Bar

Rocky Horror Tribute

Rocky Horror Tribute Show

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Camp Musical Horror Fun

Three Wise Monkeys

Club Tropicana 80s Pop Club - Halloween Special

Sat 28 Oct 2017

80s Pop at Three Wise Monkeys

PSB Tribute

Pet Shop Boys Tribute

Sat 28 Oct 2017

80s pop at Colchester Arts Centre

Zombie Prom

The V Bar Zombie Prom

Sat 28 Oct 2017

Fancy Dress party at V Bar

Lance Ellington

Lance Ellington - Strictly Come Dancing

Sun 29 Oct 2017

Strictly come Dancing Star at the Mercury Theatre

Homogenic

The Vinyl Sessions - Bjork: Homogenic

Sun 29 Oct 2017

Listening Party at Colchester Arts Centre

Three Wise Monkeys

Vasa, Aithur, Nothing. Existed

Sun 29 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

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Frank Iero

Frank Iero & The Patience

Colchester

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Rock Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

Colchester

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Touching and Funny Family Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Drumming

African Drumming

Colchester

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Drumming sessions at the University of Essex

H2

H2 Dance: Srangers & Others

Colchester

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Interactive Performance Art at Colchester Arts Centre

Tree Walk

New Geographies: MY TREE MILE

Colchester

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Psychogeographic Tree Walk on the University Campus

(c) University of Essex

Film Screening: Defense Counsel Sedov

Colchester

Thu 19 Oct 2017

A screening of Russia’s only Bafta award winning film, Defence of Counsel Sedov.

Lawyer

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Colchester

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Drama at the Lakeside Theatre

L Clarke

Laurence Clarke: Independence

Colchester

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Colchester Arts Centre.

Pies

Beer and Pie festival

Colchester

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

Beer and Pie at the Live & Let Live

Comedy Store

Daliso Chaponda, Jo Caulfield, Hal Cruttenden

Colchester

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues at Charter Hall

Great Odds

Great Odds

Colchester

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Oct 2017

Children's Theatre at the Mercury

Three Wise Monkeys

Helen Connelly - EP Launch!

Colchester

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

Caleb Femi

Words with... Caleb Femi

Colchester

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Join us for an evening of discussion with poet, filmmaker and photographer Caleb Femi.

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Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

A weekend of wellbeing, at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Stamp & Postcard Fair

Colchester Philatelic Soc Stamp & Postcard Fair

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Colchester & District Philatelic Society Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair

Honey Bee

Essex Beekeepers annual conference

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

‘Future Challenges and Opportunities’ Our theme reflects the challenging times for beekeepers, and our speakers will discuss various aspects of these challenges.

Fright Nights at Colchester Zoo

Fright Night

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Late Night Half-Term Halloween Fun at Colchester Zoo

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

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

Three Wise Monkeys

Jim Reynolds' EP Launch Night

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Live Music at Three Wise Monkeys

SlackFolk Autumn Acoustic Mini Festival

SlackFolk Autumn Acoustic Mini Festival

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Enjoy the outstanding art exhibitions at Firstsite to the sounds of a collection of outstanding musicians from around Essex.

abberton visitors centre by Mark Draper

Stargazing

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Astronomy at Abberton Reservoir

Jon Culshaw

The Great British Take Off

Colchester

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Colchester Comedy Festival continues with Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare at Colchester Arts Centre.

Autumn Foraging

Autumn Forage & Wild Food Cooking Demonstration

Sudbury

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Guided Forage in Sudbury