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

Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Out of Hat

Out of Hat

Wed 20 Feb 2019

A Long Nose Puppet Magic show.

Paula Varjack: The Cult of K*nzo

Wonderful Wednesday: Paula Varjack - Cult of K*nzo

Wed 20 Feb 2019

THE CULT OF K*NZO is a solo performance combining storytelling, videography, sound design and choreography, to playfully explore one woman’s life long desire for luxury & the ways in which luxury brands create that desire.

Bring Back Chainmail and Boom Busters

Bring Back Chainmail and Boom Busters

Wed 20 - Thu 21 Feb 2019

Two brand new pieces of theatre. Bring Back Chainmail - devised theatre featuring live combat, music, home-made costumes, and gingerbread knights. Boom Busters - a new one act play presented ahead of the INK Festival in Suffolk.

The Cult of K*nzo by Paula Varjack

The Cult of K*nzo

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Why do we want the things that we want? A playful critique of consumer culture through the lens of high fashion

Anakadabra

Anakadabra

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Magic at Colchester Arts Centre

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Expect rollicking tunes, videos, and interviews that bring you slap up to date with the struggle for union recognition and a living wage.

Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank - Road to Palmyra

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Seasoned Travel Journalist at the Mercury Theatre

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Wed 27 Feb 2019

LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic.

Lights Planets People

Lights! Planets! People!

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Insightful, moving, funny and inspirational take on the interconnected worlds of women, science and space travel

Warm & Toasty

Warm & Toasty Club

Sun 3 Mar 2019

Sweet live acoustic music, engaging banter and tea & toast at Colchester Art Centre

Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman‘s Noughts and Crosses

Tue 5 - Sat 9 Mar 2019

Young people's performance at the Mercury Theatre

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon

Wed 6 Mar 2019

Man on the Moon is a bruk down journey, through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism, with the use of poetry, looped sounds and story-telling.

Jason Manford

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Thu 7 Mar 2019

Jason Manford's nationwide tour comes to Colchester's Charter Hall

Unspeakable

Essex Book Festival: UNSPEAKABLE

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Banned Books, Difficult Words and Taboos at Essex University

Orlando

Orlando

Thu 14 Mar 2019

From the award-winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography...

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Firstsite

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

A weekend of book related talks and activities in Colchester

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis

Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr 2019

Headgate Theatre Productions - The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time. Of vital importance to the development of drama is the appearance of the first actresses upon the English stage....

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

Valentine's Roller Disco

Valentines Roller Disco

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Over 14's Valentines Roller Disco with Live Band

F.O.X

F.O.X + UP

Sat 16 Feb 2019

“It’s a synth-tastic slice of pop – rather like The Gossip might sound if all guitars were suddenly outlawed” – BBC Radio 1

Dave Collison The Human Jukebox

Dave Collison's Human Jukebox

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Dave Collison performs classic hits from the sixties and seventies.

Breabach

Breabach

Mon 18 Feb 2019

Breabach continue to build their reputation of being at the forefront of the UK’s world and roots music scene with performances across the world throughout 2018.

SNACK FAMILY + THE EU COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY

Snack Family + The EU Common Agricultural Policy

Tue 19 Feb 2019

London-based three piece: SNACK FAMILY have been creating an unapologetic, driving sound since 2011. This is music that gets right back to the heartlands, the heart and soul and meat of the matter; music for the times we're sweating through

The Skids

The Skids

Sun 24 Feb 2019

1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds.

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Thu 28 Feb 2019

The annual showcase of musical talent from local schools is back!

Chappel Wingter Beer Fest

The 10th Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Mar 2019

Well regarded Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Chorus Iceni

Diva for a Day

Sat 2 Mar 2019

FREE Singing Workshop for Women - a cappella style!

Warm & Toasty

Warm & Toasty Club

Sun 3 Mar 2019

Sweet live acoustic music, engaging banter and tea & toast at Colchester Art Centre

Jon Boden With The Remnant Strings

Jon Boden and The Remnant Strings

Mon 4 Mar 2019

Jon Boden "Ambitious, genre-busting folk" - The Guardian

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Tue 5 Mar 2019

Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world, Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius, have joined forces for an unforgettable live show. They bring with them a unique legacy in European jazz

International Womens Day

International Women's Day Gig

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Female Led Line Up at The Three Wise Monkeys

Example

Example

Fri 8 Mar 2019

ATIK Fridays ft. Example

Telepathy

Telepathy + Made Of Teeth + Tuskar + Three Thrones

Sat 9 Mar 2019

Heavy Metal on the top floor at The Three Wise Monkeys

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Thu 21 Mar 2019

'Rockgrass' performance at Colchester Arts Centre

Lee Scratch Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.

What's On in Colchester

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Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 15 - Sat 16 Feb 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Bazaar

Bazaar

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

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

The Little Audrey Company - Ethical Events

Wellbeing Day

Brightlingsea

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Chase away the winter blues and feel positive about yourself with this free event - open to all.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Vegan Fish & Chips

Vegan Fish & Chips with BATTERED

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Vegan Fish & Chip Trailer

Rekovered QUEEN special

Rekovered LIVE at Stock Street Farm Barn

Coggeshall

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Doors open 6.30pm Rock DJ Band on around 9pm

Valentine's Roller Disco

Valentines Roller Disco

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Over 14's Valentines Roller Disco with Live Band

Colchester Symphony Orchestra - concert

Colchester Symphony Orchestra

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

'Star-crossed lovers' is the theme for our concert of romantic and sometimes tragic music.

F.O.X

F.O.X + UP

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

“It’s a synth-tastic slice of pop – rather like The Gossip might sound if all guitars were suddenly outlawed” – BBC Radio 1

Dave Collison The Human Jukebox

Dave Collison's Human Jukebox

Colchester

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Dave Collison performs classic hits from the sixties and seventies.

YOUR INVITATION to London Road Vets Open Day

OPEN DAY - London Road Veterinary Centre

Colchester

Sun 17 Feb 2019

Veterinary Practice Open Day – Sun 17th Feb 2019 – 1.00pm – 4.00pm at London Road Vets, 47 London Road, Lexden, Colchester, CO3 9AJ.

Forest School Campfire

Fingringhoe Forest Schools

Colchester

Sun 17 Feb 2019

Make dens, woodland crafts, light fires and learn about wildlife!

Rollerworld

Half Term at Rollerworld

Colchester

Mon 18 - Fri 22 Feb 2019

School Holiday rollerskating

Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Colchester

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Snowdrop Grove

February Half Term Trail

Colchester

Mon 18 - Fri 22 Feb 2019

Learn more about the trees, shrubs and delicate flowers which are beginning to come to life following the cold winter months, as we welcome the Snowdrops back this February Half Term.

Breabach

Breabach

Colchester

Mon 18 Feb 2019

Breabach continue to build their reputation of being at the forefront of the UK’s world and roots music scene with performances across the world throughout 2018.

Valentines

We <3 Valentine's

Colchester

Tue 19 Feb 2019

Children's craft activity in Hollytrees Museum

Horkesley Hall

Evening Snowdrop Walk

Colchester

Tue 19 Feb 2019

Unusual torchlit Snowdrop Walk at Horkesley Hall

SNACK FAMILY + THE EU COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY

Snack Family + The EU Common Agricultural Policy

Colchester

Tue 19 Feb 2019

London-based three piece: SNACK FAMILY have been creating an unapologetic, driving sound since 2011. This is music that gets right back to the heartlands, the heart and soul and meat of the matter; music for the times we're sweating through

Little Mix Tribute

Little Mix Tribute - February Half Term Special Ev

Colchester

Wed 20 Feb 2019

February Half Term Special Event! Our Tribute to Little Mix returns to the JobServe Community Stadium for an afternoon of singing and dancing along to the ultimate Girl Power Tribute!

Diesel Fun

Half Term Diesel Days

Colchester

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Half Term fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

HALF-TERM DIESEL DAY

HALF-TERM DIESEL DAY

Colchester

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Come down to the East Anglian Railway Museum in half-term for unlimited rides on one of our classic diesel trains….

Out of Hat

Out of Hat

Colchester

Wed 20 Feb 2019

A Long Nose Puppet Magic show.