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

Jack And The Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Sat 24 Nov 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019

The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

The Bagman's Uncle and the Bagman's Uncle's Friend

The Bagman's Uncle and the Bagman's Uncle's Friend

Mon 10 Dec 2018

Robert MacCall performs his adaptation of two hilarious and exuberant tales from 'The Pickwick Papers'. Set in the ebullient pre-Victorian era, these are the rambunctious adventures of the Bagman's Uncle and his friend. Both are travelling

Teashop

Terrifying Tales From the Tea Shop

Wed 12 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Festive Ghost stories, upstairs in Jacqueline's Tea Room

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Tue 18 Dec 2018

A Christmas Carol Tuesday 18th December 7.00pm At Wormingford Community Education Centre, Church Lane, Wormingford CO6 3AZ

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

Thu 20 - Sat 22 Dec 2018

Common Ground Theatre Company present their Christmas show The Scarlet Pipistrelle

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Candlelight

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Rediscover this Dickensian tale at Colchester Arts Centre

THEATRE OF WIDDERSHINS: SNOW WHITE, ROSE RED, BEAR

Snow White, Rose Red, Brown Bear

Sun 23 - Mon 31 Dec 2018

After the huge success of Rapunzel, Theatre of Widdershins is back with a brilliant fairy tale adventure for kids aged 4 to 104

Robin and The Sherwood Hoodies

Robin And The Sherwood Hoodies

Fri 11 - Sat 12 Jan 2019

When the evil Sheriff of Nottingham threatens the villagers of Sherwood, feisty Maid Marion hires a band of freedom fighters for protection.

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Annie

Colchester Operatic Society present: Annie

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 9 Feb 2019

Classic Music at the Mercury Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2019

In this play, adapted by Lorraine Haworth but still faithful to Shakespeare’s original script, the ageing Romeo and Juliet are residents in ‘Verona’, home for the elderly.

The Vortex

The Vortex

Wed 6 - Sat 9 Feb 2019

The Vortex by Noel Coward - This revolutionary play with its depiction of sex and drugs in the Jazz Age, stunned the critics and caused a sensation within the theatre-going public.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sat 9 Feb 2019

The Famous Explorer at the Mercury Theatre

Russell Kane

Russell Kane - The Fast and the Curious

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Stand-up Comedy at the Mercury Theatre

Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank - Road to Palmyra

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Seasoned Travel Journalist at the Mercury Theatre

Jason Manford

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Thu 7 Mar 2019

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

Ink On The Road

Ink On The Road

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Apr 2019

Back by popular demand INK on the Road returns to The Headgate with a selection of the best new short plays directly from The INK Festival.

Shakespear's Daughter and The Vicar

Shakespeare's Daughter and The Vicar

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

It is January 1662. William Shakespeare has been dead for more than 45 years. Many of the secrets about how he wrote his plays have been buried along with his bones in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon.

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

Blockheads

The Blockheads

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Dec 2018

The classic English Rock & Roll group play two nights at Colchester Arts Centre

O'Hooley & Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow 'Winterfolk'

Fri 14 Dec 2018

BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2018 ‘BEST DUO’ NOMINEES

New Town Kings

TWM 4th Birthday! New Town Kings + support

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Birthday celebrations at Three Wise Monkeys

Fourtissimo: 30 Years On

Fourtissimo: 30 Years On

Sun 16 Dec 2018

The Fourtissimo guitar quartet plays an early evening concert of music written or specially arranged for four guitars.

Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza

Mon 17 - Wed 19 Dec 2018

Variety show with Live music, Stand-up comedy, Juggling, LED hoop display, Fantail fantasia, Fire show, whip cracking + more from local, National and international Talent

Twisters Record Club - Christmas Special

Twisters Record Club - Christmas Special

Wed 19 Dec 2018

Festive dancing at Twisters Bar

Victoria Inn

Guilty Pleasures Xmas Disco

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Guilty Pleasures Xmas Disco

Twisters Xmas Disco

The BIG Indie Christmas Disco!

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Festive dancing at Twisters Bar

Of All Time

Of All Time - The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever

Sat 29 Dec 2018

Festive dancing at Twisters Bar

Party Like It's 1999

Party Like It's 1999 - New Years Eve Party

Mon 31 Dec 2018

New Years eve Party at Twisters Bar

Hits From The Blitz

Hits From The Blitz

Thu 3 Jan 2019

The unique "feel-good" 1940's show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Gala NIghts, with original Dad's Army cast!

Amoroso presents A Feast of Singing For The Soul

Amoroso presents A Feast of Singing For The Soul

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of wonderful music.

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

UB40

UB40 - 40th Anniversary Tour - For The Many

Tue 14 May 2019

Reggae legends at Colchester's Charter Hall

Craig David

Craig David LIVE in Castle Park

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Craig David performs live in Colchester's Castle Park

What's On in Colchester

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The Bagman's Uncle and the Bagman's Uncle's Friend

The Bagman's Uncle and the Bagman's Uncle's Friend

Colchester

Mon 10 Dec 2018

Robert MacCall performs his adaptation of two hilarious and exuberant tales from 'The Pickwick Papers'. Set in the ebullient pre-Victorian era, these are the rambunctious adventures of the Bagman's Uncle and his friend. Both are travelling

Belshazzar's Feast Photo Sarah J Dow

Belshazzar's Feast 'Two Wise Men' Christmas Tour

Colchester

Mon 10 Dec 2018

On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour

A Christmas Carol: In Concert

A Christmas Carol: In Concert

Colchester

Tue 11 Dec 2018

Come and join us at Colchester's Moot Hall for a beautiful re-telling of the classic Christmas tale by renowned folk musicians GreenMathews using all traditional instruments.

Teashop

Terrifying Tales From the Tea Shop

Colchester

Wed 12 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Festive Ghost stories, upstairs in Jacqueline's Tea Room

Colchester Castle at Christmas

FREE Christmas Open Evening

Colchester

Wed 12 Dec 2018

Free Open Evening at Colchester Castle

Journey to Oz

Journey to Oz

Colchester

Wed 12 - Fri 14 Dec 2018

Follow us down the yellow brick road this Christmas for the annual Essex Theatre Arts Society pantomime, full of sparkles, humour, songs and innuendo.

Classic Horror

Classic Horror Nights - To The Devil A Daughter

Colchester

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Classic Horror Screening at Colchester Arts Centre

Christmas Memorial Carol Service

Christmas Memorial Carol Service

Colchester

Thu 13 Dec 2018

The ever-popular Memorial Carol Service takes place in the Colchester Crematorium Chapel on Thursday 13th December, at 2pm

ABF Christmas Concert

ABF The Soldiers' Charity Christmas Concert

Colchester

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Join the Essex Committee for their annual Christmas Concert performed by The Band of The Parachute Regiment. Get in the festive spirit!

xmas

Christmas Party Nights

Halstead

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Looking for a staff Christmas Party with a difference? Join us at Hedingham Castle for a Christmas banquet to remember. Dine in the 900 year old Norman Keep and then dance the night away with our resident DJ.

Christmas Showcase Poster

Christmas Showcase

Colchester

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Join our students for an evening of Musical Theatre, Acting and Song Guaranteed to put you in the Christmas Spirit

Blockheads

The Blockheads

Colchester

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Dec 2018

The classic English Rock & Roll group play two nights at Colchester Arts Centre

O'Hooley & Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow 'Winterfolk'

Harwich

Fri 14 Dec 2018

BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2018 ‘BEST DUO’ NOMINEES

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holiday's

Colchester

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Dec 2018

A concert chocked full of reinvented seasonal favourites.

Starlight Nights

Christmas Starlight Nights

Colchester

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Festive fun at Colchester Zoo

Crouch Street

Crouch Street Christmas Grotto

Colchester

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Santa visits the St Helena Hospice store on Crouch Street

Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Fun for all the family.

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Santa's Grotto

Santa’s Castle Grotto

Colchester

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Father Christmas visits Colchester Castle

New Town Kings

TWM 4th Birthday! New Town Kings + support

Colchester

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Birthday celebrations at Three Wise Monkeys

Farmers Market

Wivenhoe Farmers Market

Colchester

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Farmers Market in Wivenhoe

Babybrains Parenting Workshops

Babybrains Parenting Workshop

Colchester

Sat 15 Dec 2018

BABYBRAINS came to Colchester! Prepare for parenting, not just for birth! Babybrains workshops are designed by PhD Neuroscientist and endorsed by Prof Mark Johnson (Psychology dep. University of Cambridge) Partnered with Essex University

Record Fair

Colchester Record Fair

Colchester

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Record Fair in Firstsite

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto 2018

Colchester

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Darth Vader has felt your presents, at Ace Comics.