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

Circus Wonderland

Circus Wonderland

Wed 22 - Mon 27 May 2019

The Circus comes to Colchester's Abbey Field

The Tempest

The Tempest

Wed 22 May 2019

A bicycle-powered outdoor performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest at Tymperleys.

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.

WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THE BOX? PRESENTS INSIDE

What's Coming Out Of The Box? Presents Inside

Sat 25 May 2019

“What was it like in mummy’s tummy?” Have you ever heard this question? Or tried to answer? We did and the result is ‘Inside’.

GOBLIN THEATRE PRESENTS: HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE

Goblin Theatre Presents: Hey Diddle Diddle

Tue 28 May 2019

Goblin return with a hilarious adventure filled with live music and puppetry, for ages 3+.

Land of Nod

Land of Nod

Tue 28 May 2019

A story of tiredness, over-tiredness, wonder and waking up exploring the struggle of bed time and the bliss of finally falling into slumber.

The Pillowman

The Pillowman

Tue 28 - Wed 29 May 2019

Written by Martin McDonagh and Directed by Viktorija Kravcenko

Martin Newell at the Roman Circus

Martin Newell at the Roman Circus

Sun 2 Jun 2019

A special one-man show of poetry performed in Martin's own unique style.

The Hound within the Heart

The Hound Within The Heart

Wed 5 - Thu 6 Jun 2019

Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest & most loved of American poets, continues to be an elusive figure but was there a secret love in her life? What was the explosive event in her past that “stopped… existence”?

All Hail Macbeth

All Hail Macbeth

Wed 26 Jun 2019

By Packing Shed Theatre Company.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Outdoor performance of Emily Brontes Classic Story

Kevin Fitzsimmons

The 'In' Crowd: Jazz In The Swinging 60s

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Critically-acclaimed jazz singer Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by jazz artists like Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis & new jazz re-works of songs from The Beatles,The Kinks, Burt Bacharach & more

The Gift

The Gift

Tue 3 - Sat 14 Sep 2019

Packing Shed Theatre Company present a new promenade play based on the real life events surrounding the restoration of Colchester Castle in Georgian times.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019

Wed 9 Oct 2019

Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Fri 18 Oct 2019

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian at Charter Hall

Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Travel Stories at Colchester's Charter Hall

Ben Elton

Ben Elton - Live 2019

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Henning Wehn

Henning Wehn: Get On With It

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Sat 30 Nov 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne - If I'm Honest

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

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

Remembering the 80's

Remembering the 80's

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

The very best of the 80’s! Our amazing live band will be playing non-stop party hits and classic songs which guarantee to fill the dance floor. From 19:00 until midnight with fully licensed bar.

Greystock

Greystock Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Music Festival raising funds for Wivenhoe Tempest FC

Music & Mezze

Music & Mezze

Sun 26 May 2019

Welcome that Summer feeling and savour an exotic mezze menu at this all-day garden party in the centre of Colchester with an outdoor bar, all-day DJ's spinning worldbeat and tropical vibes

Beer Festival

34th Colchester Summer Real Ale and Cider Festival

Tue 28 May - Sat 1 Jun 2019

The well-loved Beer Festival returns to Colchester Arts Centre

Paul Young

Paul Young: 35 Years of 'No Parlez'

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young, Live at Charter Hall

Craig David

Craig David LIVE in Castle Park

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Craig David performs live in Colchester's Castle Park

Pipes in the Park

Pipes In The Park

Sun 9 Jun 2019

Scotland comes to Colchester for the annual event in Castle Park

COLCHESTER PRIDE 2019

COLCHESTER PRIDE 2019

Sat 29 Jun 2019

A fully accessible, inclusive, family friendly day celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Colchester and beyond

Sir Tom Jones

Tom Jones - Live in Castle Park

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Sir Tom Jones brings his band to Colchester's Castle Park.

Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears

Sun 28 Jul 2019

The iconic duo play Colchester's Castle Park.

The Nearly Festival

The Nearly Festival 2019

Sat 3 - Sun 4 Aug 2019

Tribute Band Festival in Castle Park

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

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Pint of Science Festival Returns to Colchester

Pint of Science Colchester

Colchester

Mon 20 - Wed 22 May 2019

Join us as the world's largest science festival returns to Colchester! The festival will feature fantastically creative events showcasing brilliant local researchers in their local pubs.

Circus Wonderland

Circus Wonderland

Colchester

Wed 22 - Mon 27 May 2019

The Circus comes to Colchester's Abbey Field

The Tempest

The Tempest

Colchester

Wed 22 May 2019

A bicycle-powered outdoor performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest at Tymperleys.

APOCALYPTIC CIRCUS PRESENTS: MY HOUSE

APOCALYPTIC CIRCUS PRESENTS: MY HOUSE

Colchester

Wed 22 May 2019

“My House” is a circus theatre experience for little people and their families. This exciting, magical, quirky structure, which can be put up almost anywhere, invites people to come close and become part of the performance.

The Bakewell Back Off

The Bakewell Bake Off

Colchester

Wed 22 May 2019

The combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation guaranteed to put a smile on your face in this glorious musical!

Kavita Puri

Memories of Partition and Migration

Colchester

Thu 23 May 2019

Award-winning BBC journalist Kavita Puri will tell the previously-untold stories of those who lived through the partition of India 70 years ago at this public debate.

Clubbercise

Clubbercise

Maldon

Thu 23 May 2019

If you like the idea of a fitness class that feels more like a workout then you'll LOVE Clubbercise® A dance fitness class with easy-to-follow routines using official Clubbercise® glow sticks set to 90's club classics and current charts

Paint Brush'n Bubbles at Wivenhoe Sailing Clubhous

Paint Brush'n Bubbles

Wivenhoe

Thu 23 May 2019

Paint Brush 'n Bubbles is a fun, relaxed evening of painting, using acrylics on canvas with a glass of bubbly or a drink of your choice, whilst listening to low-level atmospheric music.

Hollington's, Coggeshall

Coggeshall Art Group Annual Art Exhibition

Coggeshall

Fri 24 - Mon 27 May 2019

Exhibition of art by local artists in the Coggeshall Parish Church of St.Peter ad Vincula, , Coggeshall CO6 1UD

Shakespear's Daughter and The Vicar

Shakespeare's Daughter and The Vicar

Colchester

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.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Home Educators Living History Through the Ages Day

Home Educators Day

Sudbury

Fri 24 May 2019

Kentwell's Home Educators Day is a totally immersive re-creation event that will take you on a journey from Stone Age and through 11 centuries.

Remembering the 80's

Remembering the 80's

Maldon

Fri 24 - Sat 25 May 2019

The very best of the 80’s! Our amazing live band will be playing non-stop party hits and classic songs which guarantee to fill the dance floor. From 19:00 until midnight with fully licensed bar.

80's Tribute Night at Five Lakes Resort

Remembering the 80's

Maldon

Fri 24 May 2019

The very best of the 80’s. Our amazing live band will be playing non-stop party hits and classic songs which guarantee to fill the dance floor. Licensed bar.

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: The Lisa Graham Duo

Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

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

Mersea Food Festival

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival

Mersea Island

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Savour the Flavour of Island Life! Join us for fun in the sun by the sea, food and drink for all the family...

WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THE BOX? PRESENTS INSIDE

What's Coming Out Of The Box? Presents Inside

Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

“What was it like in mummy’s tummy?” Have you ever heard this question? Or tried to answer? We did and the result is ‘Inside’.

Everyday Life through the Ages

Everyday Life through the Ages Re-creation

Sudbury

Sat 25 May 2019

This brilliant and entertaining re-creation with over 150 participants, takes you time travelling from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) camp all the way into the 20th century; with a few surprises along the way.

Greystock

Greystock Festival

Wivenhoe

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Music Festival raising funds for Wivenhoe Tempest FC

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Clacton-on-Sea

Sat 25 May 2019

Join Dorothy on her magical adventure ‘Over the Rainbow’ in this all new show from KD Productions.

Colchester At Work

Meet Patrick Denney

Colchester

Sat 25 May 2019

Pre-eminent local historian Patrick Denney will be signing copies of his latest book Colchester At Work

Open Garden

Bures Open Gardens 2019

Braintree

Sat 25 - Sun 26 May 2019

Over 20 village gardens open across 2 days