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

Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Fri 19 Jan 2018

Stand-up comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Castle

The Priory Players present Macbeth - CANCELLED

Fri 19 Jan 2018

Shakespeare in Colchester Castle EVENT NOW CANCELLED

Selfish Giant

Sealegs Puppet Theatre: The Selfish Giant

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Childrens Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Lee Hurst

Lee Hurst: Mucking About

Sun 21 Jan 2018

Stand-Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Wivenhoe Pantomime

Wivenhoe Pantomime: Goldilocks & the Three Bears

Wed 24 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Pantomime in Wivenhoe

Hairspray

Colchester Operatic Society present 'Hairspray'

Wed 24 Jan - Sat 3 Feb 2018

Colchester Operatic Society get your feet tapping and heart singing at the Mercury Theatre

A Bunch of Amateurs

A Bunch of Amateurs

Thu 25 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Play at the Headgate Theatre

Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan - Glitter Room

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Live Comedy at Charter Hall

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Bread & Circuses

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Stand-up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Parkinson

An evening with Sir Michael Parkinson

Sun 28 Jan 2018

An audience with the celebrated chat show host at the Mercury Theatre

Coming, Going

Coming, Going

Tue 30 - Wed 31 Jan 2018

Monodrama at the Lakeside Theatre

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline

Wed 31 Jan 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Translunar Paradise

Translunar Paradise

Thu 1 Feb 2018

Multi award-winning show at the Lakeside Theatre

Comedy Club

Comedy Club

Thu 1 Feb 2018

Our monthly comedy club is sure to have you laughing all night long. Don't forget 2 free jugs of beer with every booking of 10 so get all your friends together for a great night out.

Iain Stirling

Iain Stirling: U OK HUN?X

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Widdershins

Theatre of Widdershins: Billy Goats Gruff & more

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Children's puppet show at Colchester Arts Centre

The Crucible

Paper Lantern Theatre Co present: The Crucible

Tue 6 - Sat 10 Feb 2018

Play at the Headgate Theatre

A Brave Face

A Brave Face

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Feb 2018

Full-Mask Theatre at the Mercury.

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Feb 2018

Classic tragedy at the Lakeside Theatre

Morgan & West

Morgan & West - Time Travelling Magicians

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Feb 2018

Magical extravaganza at the Mercury Theatre

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

Bhangra Chef

Bhangra Chef: Bolly Masala

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Music. Food & Dancing at Colchester Arts Centre

Bartosz Glowacki

Bartosz Glowacki, classical accordion

Sun 21 Jan 2018

A programme of original works for accordion as well as some of his own arrangements of classical pieces including

Colchester Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club - Brian White's King Jazz

Sun 21 Jan 2018

"Get into the spirit of Jazz"

Steve Tilston

Steve Tilston

Mon 22 Jan 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Modern Ritual

Modern Ritual Ft. Charles Hayward & Laura Cannell

Tue 23 Jan 2018

A Night of Words and Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Don Kipper

Don Kipper

Wed 24 - Wed 17 Jan 2018

Eastern European Jewish Music at the Lakeside Theatre

Burns Night

Burns Night At The Brewhouse

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and a dram in celebration of Burns Night at the Queen Street Brew House

FOX

F.O.X + Dead Cannons + Amethysts

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Big Hitters from the local music scene at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club - East Coast Wanderers

Sun 28 Jan 2018

"Get into the spirit of Jazz"

Sarah Quaid

Sarah McQuaid

Mon 29 Jan 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

John Smith

John Smith

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Tannahil Weavers

An Evening with The Tannahill Weavers

Fri 2 Feb 2018

Traditional Scottish Music at the Headgate Theatre

Jazz

Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone + Essex Youth Jazz

Sun 4 Feb 2018

Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club - Mike Barry's Uptown Gang

Sun 4 Feb 2018

"Get into the spirit of Jazz"

Sunjay

Sunjay

Mon 5 Feb 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Motown

The Magic of Motown

Mon 5 Feb 2018

Motown tribute show at the Mercury Theatre

Endellion Quartet

Roman River Music – The Endellion Quartet

Tue 6 Feb 2018

One of the world’s finest string quartets presents an engaging programme from classical giants with a trademark Roman River Music surprise woven in to launch their 2018 concert series at the Mercury.

Beyonce Tribute

Beyonce Tribute

Fri 9 Feb 2018

A tribute dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic female singers! Come and ‘Listen’ to all of her hits, they will have you dancing ‘All Night!’ There is a free photo booth all night!

Lionel Richie Tribute

Lionel Richie Tribute

Sat 10 Feb 2018

He will have you dancing ‘All Night Long!’ Hamilton Browne is without a doubt the Number One Lionel Richie Tribute around today! A stand out tribute we are sure you will enjoy!

Rat Pack

The Rat Pack - Swingin' At The Sands

Sat 10 Feb 2018

Rat Pack Tribute at The Mercury Theatre

What's On in Colchester

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Grayson Perry - Exhibition Tour

Grayson Perry Exhibition Tours

Colchester

Wed 17 Jan 2018

Guided Tour of The Life of Julie Cope,

Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Colchester

Fri 19 Jan 2018

Stand-up comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Castle

The Priory Players present Macbeth - CANCELLED

Colchester

Fri 19 Jan 2018

Shakespeare in Colchester Castle EVENT NOW CANCELLED

Bhangra Chef

Bhangra Chef: Bolly Masala

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Music. Food & Dancing at Colchester Arts Centre

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Selfish Giant

Sealegs Puppet Theatre: The Selfish Giant

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Childrens Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Nature in Watercolour

Nature in Watercolour

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Learn how to paint with watercolours

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Grayson Perry - Exhibition Tour

Grayson Perry Exhibition Tours

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Guided Tour of The Life of Julie Cope,

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Grimsby Town

Colchester

Sat 20 Jan 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Lee Hurst

Lee Hurst: Mucking About

Colchester

Sun 21 Jan 2018

Stand-Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Bartosz Glowacki

Bartosz Glowacki, classical accordion

Colchester

Sun 21 Jan 2018

A programme of original works for accordion as well as some of his own arrangements of classical pieces including

Cato Pass (A Sci Fi Model Railway)

Witham Model Railway Show

Colchester

Sun 21 Jan 2018

A massive Model Railway Show is steaming into Witham

Colchester Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club - Brian White's King Jazz

Colchester

Sun 21 Jan 2018

"Get into the spirit of Jazz"

Steve Tilston

Steve Tilston

Colchester

Mon 22 Jan 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Modern Ritual

Modern Ritual Ft. Charles Hayward & Laura Cannell

Colchester

Tue 23 Jan 2018

A Night of Words and Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Don Kipper

Don Kipper

Colchester

Wed 24 - Wed 17 Jan 2018

Eastern European Jewish Music at the Lakeside Theatre

Wivenhoe Pantomime

Wivenhoe Pantomime: Goldilocks & the Three Bears

Colchester

Wed 24 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Pantomime in Wivenhoe

Grayson Perry - Exhibition Tour

Grayson Perry Exhibition Tours

Colchester

Wed 24 Jan 2018

Guided Tour of The Life of Julie Cope,

A Bunch of Amateurs

A Bunch of Amateurs

Colchester

Thu 25 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Play at the Headgate Theatre

Burns Night

Burns Night At The Brewhouse

Colchester

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and a dram in celebration of Burns Night at the Queen Street Brew House

FOX

F.O.X + Dead Cannons + Amethysts

Colchester

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Big Hitters from the local music scene at Colchester Arts Centre

Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan - Glitter Room

Colchester

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Live Comedy at Charter Hall