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

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 17 Feb 2020

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

MATT RICHARDSON: THE IMPOSTER

Matt Richardson: The Imposter

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door Family Show

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door: In Charge

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Geoff Norcott

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Sun 23 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Jessica Fostekew

Jessica Fostekew

Tue 25 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon - Songs and Stories

Wed 26 Feb 2020

Rob Brydon entertains at Colchester's Charter Hall

Rhys James

Rhys James: Snitch

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 2 Mar 2020

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

Sweatbox Written by Chloë Moss

Sweatbox

Sat 14 Mar 2020

Play at Firstsite as part of Essex Book Festival

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 16 Mar 2020

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

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 30 Mar 2020

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

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Wed 1 - Sat 4 Apr 2020

Anne Frank was thirteen when she went into hiding in a secret apartment in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942

Family Variety & Magic Show

Family Magic & Variety Show

Thu 9 Apr 2020

Magic Olly will be returning once more with his brilliant Family Variety & Magic Show!

Wind In The Willows

Wind In The Willows

Tue 14 - Fri 17 Apr 2020

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

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Thu 16 Apr 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

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

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 presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 11 May 2020

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

Mark Billingham

An Audience with Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham

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.

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

MICHAEL MCGOLDRICK, JOHN MCCUSKER & JOHN DOYLE

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle

Mon 17 Feb 2020

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Antigen Records

Antigen Records Party

Fri 21 Feb 2020

Local label showcase at Colchester Arts Centre

Dreadzone

Dreadzone

Sat 22 Feb 2020

Local label showcase at Colchester Arts Centre

Knight & Spiers

Knight & Spiers

Mon 24 Feb 2020

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Romeo and Juliet at the Headgate Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Mon 24 - Sat 29 Feb 2020

Protocol are back at the Headgate. Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flair.

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

Thu 27 Feb 2020

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Out Of Space

Out Of Space Presents 90s Dance Anthems

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Out of Space is a night dedicated to the best 90’s Dance Anthems.

Surfquake

Surfquake + Ed Sykes

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Out Of Space

Out Of Space Presents 90s Dance Anthems

Sun 1 Mar 2020

Out of Space is a night dedicated to the best 90’s Dance Anthems.

Live With The Femmes

Live! With the Femmes

Sun 8 Mar 2020

Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940’s with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist!

UCC Musical Theatre

Performance Platform w/ Harmonics Vocal Ensemble

Mon 9 Mar 2020

Students from the University Centre Colchester degree course present a varied programme of musical theatre numbers.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Mar 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.

Ultramarine and Philip Terry

Blackwaterside - Ultramarine and Philip Terry

Sun 15 Mar 2020

Live Music and Film Screening as part of Essex Book Festival

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith - Folk Troubadors

Mon 30 Mar 2020

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are two of the most celebrated singers to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years.

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp’s Back to the 80’s Party

Fri 3 Apr 2020

Dig out those 80`s clothes, grab your dancing shoes, and prepare to enjoy a night of pure ‘Gold’ and Yes fancy dress is encouraged!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

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

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

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

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.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

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.

What's On in Colchester

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MICHAEL MCGOLDRICK, JOHN MCCUSKER & JOHN DOYLE

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle

Colchester

Mon 17 Feb 2020

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Robin

Feathered Friends Trail

Colchester

Mon 17 - Sun 23 Feb 2020

Look for the clues and have fun finding the answers to our Feathered Friends Trail

SNowdrops

Snowdrops

Halstead

Mon 17 - Sat 22 Feb 2020

Snowdrop dates: February 9th, 22nd & 23rd March 1st In late Winter and early Spring, the ancient landscape around Hedingham Castle is blanketed with magnificent drifts of snowdrops

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Sudbury

Mon 17 Feb 2020

A fun family expedition - bring your little explorers for a fun outdoor adventure!

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Colchester

Mon 17 Feb 2020

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

MATT RICHARDSON: THE IMPOSTER

Matt Richardson: The Imposter

Colchester

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Planetarium

Planetarium at Colchester Castle

Colchester

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Star Gazing fun at Colchester Castle

Den Building

Den Building

Colchester

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Join us in our lovely woodland and build a den

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Sudbury

Tue 18 Feb 2020

A fun family expedition - bring your little explorers for a fun outdoor adventure!

Campfire cooking

Campfire Cooking

Colchester

Tue 18 Feb 2020

Make lots of different treats over the fire!

Half-Term Diesel Days

Half-Term Diesel Days

Colchester

Wed 19 Feb 2020

Half term fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Toasting Marshmallows

Forest School Drop Off Day

Colchester

Wed 19 Feb 2020

A day of child led fun on the reserve.

Ladybirders

Ladybirders

Colchester

Wed 19 Feb 2020

Join our expert guide Liz in this friendly group aimed at ladies who would like to learn a new or improve on their birding knowledge.

Veterans' Group Colchester

Veterans' Group

Colchester

Wed 19 Feb 2020

The Veterans’ Group takes place at the Pegasus Club in Colchester every third Wednesday of the month between 10.00am – 12.30pm. Open to Veterans of all three services.

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Sudbury

Wed 19 Feb 2020

A fun family expedition - bring your little explorers for a fun outdoor adventure!

SONDHEIM & ME

SONDHEIM & ME

Colchester

Wed 19 Feb 2020

SONDHEIM & ME: JOANNA EDEN & GEORGE DOUBLE TRIO

Planetarium

Planetarium at Colchester Castle

Colchester

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Star Gazing fun at Colchester Castle

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door Family Show

Colchester

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door: In Charge

Colchester

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Family Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Millipede Joy

Minibeast on Land and Water

Colchester

Thu 20 Feb 2020

Come along and see which minibeasts we can find in our woodland and pond

Bourne Mill

Weaving at Bourne Mill

Colchester

Thu 20 Feb 2020

This half term, experience the traditional craft of weaving and even join in with paper weaving.

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt

Sudbury

Thu 20 Feb 2020

A fun family expedition - bring your little explorers for a fun outdoor adventure!

Bird box building

Nest Box Building

Colchester

Thu 20 Feb 2020

This is the perfect time of year to build a nest box for your garden.

Antigen Records

Antigen Records Party

Colchester

Fri 21 Feb 2020

Local label showcase at Colchester Arts Centre