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

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Wed 4 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Follow the antics of Jim Hawkins and his Mum, as they sail the high seas in search of treasure.

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne - If I'm Honest

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Layer Marney Tower

Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Christmas at the Tower, a guided tour of rooms ready for Christmas, three course festive lunch, performance of The Tailor of Gloucester in the church, mulled wine and mince pies on departure

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Storyteller Robert MacCall conjures up the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, in his one man version of the Dickens classic.

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos

Tue 10 Dec 2019

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Red Riding-Hood visits her estranged and mysterious Grandmother for the first time in years. Along the way she stumbles upon the wacky Woodlands, and all of its zany inhabitants and the Big Bad Wolf in this panto for grown-ups!

Tunswick!

Tunswick!

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Tunswick Women’s Amateur Theatre Society is thrust into the national spotlight when they enter a TV talent show in order to raise funds for their local village hall.

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Xmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Festive Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

A Jolly Holly Christmas at The Headgate

A Jolly Holly Christmas at The Headgate!

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Enjoy seasonal songs and sparkle at the Headgate Theatre to get you in the Christmas mood.

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

Thu 19 - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Ancient artefacts are disappearing from museums and private collections all over Europe. But why?

Lipsink

The Lipsinkers Christmas Special

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Widdershins

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny

Sun 22 - Tue 31 Dec 2019

Christmas Kids Show at Colchester Arts Centre

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol By Candlelight

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

The Classic Christmas Tale - at Colchester Arts Centre

Magnificat - Bach/Vivaldi

Colchester Chamber Choir - Magnificat Bach/Vivaldi

Sat 18 Jan 2020

10th Anniversary Concert – Magnificat Bach/Vivaldi A candlelit performance of two celebrated baroque Magnificats together with other great works by Bach and Vivaldi with period instruments. Complimentary refreshments.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 20 Jan 2020

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

Milton Impossible

Milton Impossible

Fri 24 Jan 2020

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 3 Feb 2020

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

The Circus Of Horrors

The Circus Of Horrors - 25th Anniversary Tour

Sat 15 Feb 2020

The new Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape.

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

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

Christmas Party Night

Christmas Party Night

Fri 29 Nov - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Join us for our Christmas Party's at Colchester United Football Stadium. Enjoy a 3 course meal followed by a DJ. Perfect for your work Christmas do or join us with family and friends. i

The Puffin Ensemble

Colchester Symphony Orchestra: CSO Wind Players

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Rossini: Puffin of Stutton Overture (Barber of Seville) Mozart: Serenade in Eb no 11 Arvo Pärt: Fratres Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Puffin Lollipops

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes (Acoustic)

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Xmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Festive Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

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.

McCarthy and Stone welcome guests to Lancer House

Colchester Cancer Choir perform at Lancer House

Mon 16 Dec 2019

Residents at McCarthy and Stone’s Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development on Butt Road in Colchester are inviting locals to join them in getting into the Christmas spirit, with a live performance by the Colchester Cancer choir.

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.

Christmas Party Night 2019

Glitter Ball Christmas Party Night

Thu 19 Dec 2019

Celebrate in style this Christmas at the Town Hall’s ‘Glitter Ball’, ideal for your office party and team night out.

Lipsink

The Lipsinkers Christmas Special

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve with Phil Jacksons Rock N Roll Band

Tue 31 Dec 2019

Celebrate the New Year in style with your friends and family here at Colchester United Football Club!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 11 Jan 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.

Luther

Luther

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 8 Feb 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.

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.

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.

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.

What's On in Colchester

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Colchester

Wed 4 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Follow the antics of Jim Hawkins and his Mum, as they sail the high seas in search of treasure.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Fri 6 - Sat 7 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Santa in the Castle

Celebrate Christmas At The Castle With Santa

Colchester

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Santa visits Colchester Castle

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair in the Square

Colchester

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Christmas Fairs in Culver Square

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

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

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne - If I'm Honest

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Rollerworld - Payday Skate, Open Late

Rollerworld - Payday Skate, Open Late

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Every First Saturday Of The Month - 7:00PM to 1:00AM! Roller Disco is a fun active session for Adults and young people combined. These sessions aim to have more of a party/club atmosphere.

Rollerworld Christmas Party - Open Late

Rollerworld Christmas Party - Open Late

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Join us on Saturday 7th December for our last Payday Skate, Open Late event before Christmas! To celebrate we're going to have a huge Christmas themed night to skate into the holiday spirit!

Christmas Gift Day

Christmas Gift Day

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Come and join us for our Christmas Gift Day where you can enjoy 10% off all gift items in the shop. You'll find ceramics, paintings and glassware from local artists as well as plenty of traditional stocking fillers.

Dickensian Christas at Kentwell Hall

Dickensian Christmas

Sudbury

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Kentwell's Dickensian Christmas is truly a wonderful festive family day out that everyone will join in.

Laura Jayne Fisk - Pop Up Shop

Laura Jayne Fisk - Winter Pop up Shop

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Luxury country inspired homeware by Laura Jayne Fisk - Pop up Shop.

Kiddi Caru Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Kiddi Caru Colchester

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Santa will be a little busy on Christmas Eve, so why not come and meet him at our magical Christmas Winter Wonderland at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery and Preschool in Colchester on Saturday 7th December from 10:30am - 1:30pm.

Brewery Open Day

Colchester Brewery Open Day

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Brewery Open Day at The Colchester Brewery

Christmas Fair

Made in Colchester - Christmas Fair

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Handmade Christmas Gifts in Colchester Maker Space

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

Christmas Bazaar at Foxburrow Grange

Christmas Bazaar

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Saturday 7th December 2019 Christmas Bazaar at Foxburrow Grange - 2PM - 5PM. Ypres Road. Colchester. CO2 7UW

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Salford City

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Star Gazing at Abberton

Star Gazing

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Join EWT and NEAS to look at the night sky through Large Telescopes at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. Events run whatever the weather. Bacon rolls, cake and hot drinks available. Donation £6 adult and £4 child. Booking Essential.

The Puffin Ensemble

Colchester Symphony Orchestra: CSO Wind Players

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Rossini: Puffin of Stutton Overture (Barber of Seville) Mozart: Serenade in Eb no 11 Arvo Pärt: Fratres Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Puffin Lollipops

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes (Acoustic)

Colchester

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Santa Fun Run

Santa Fun Run

Colchester

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Join 600 other Santa’s to run, jog or walk the 10km, 5km or 3km circuit of Colchester Castle Park and raise money for your hospital.

Christmas Market Day

Colchester Christmas Market Day on the High Street

Colchester

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Christmas Street Market in Colchester Town Centre

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Thomas and Friends appear at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Dickensian Christas at Kentwell Hall

Dickensian Christmas

Sudbury

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Kentwell's Dickensian Christmas is truly a wonderful festive family day out that everyone will join in.