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

Live Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Sat 30 May 2020

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Dream Boys 2020 *POSTPONED*

Fri 19 Jun 2020

The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2020.

Jason Donavon - "Even More Good Reasons"

Fri 18 Sep 2020

Jason can’t wait to play his first music concert tour in four years with his ‘Even More Good Reasons’ Tour. Don’t miss it!

Paul Smith: Changed

Thu 22 Oct 2020

A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his 3rd and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off the cuff wit.

John Bishop

Thu 3 Dec 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Charter Hall

Forbidden Nights 2020

Fri 11 Dec 2020

Fantasies don’t come any better than this with sizzling new acts and stunning routines. Brace yourself for two hours of thrilling action, provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden night out (and a few men in uniform thrown in)

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

Now That's a 90's Party! (5ive & S Club)

Sat 8 Aug 2020

90s pop at Colchester's Charter Hall

Jason Donavon - "Even More Good Reasons"

Fri 18 Sep 2020

Jason can’t wait to play his first music concert tour in four years with his ‘Even More Good Reasons’ Tour. Don’t miss it!

****Fastlove****POSTPONED NEW DATE 15th OCT 2021

Sat 24 Oct 2020

The World’s largest George Michael celebration FASTLOVE is back with a brand new show for 2020. Now touring in 18 countries, FASTLOVE has quickly become a global phenomenon and you can be a part of it on this amazing journey.

10CC - All the Hits and More

Fri 6 Nov 2020

The legendary 10cc have announced a mammoth 25-date UK tour for Autumn 2020, performing the hits which have singled them out as one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music.

Calling Planet Earth

Sat 28 Nov 2020

“THE SHOW THAT DEFINES A DECADE” A New Romantic Symphony that goes on a journey through one of the greatest musical Era’s of All Time – The Electrifying 80’s

Magic of Motown

Fri 4 Dec 2020

Celebrating 60 magical years of Motown, immerse yourself in the sound of a generation as The Magic of Motown returns to the stage! Get ready to Reach Out for a brand new show in 2020 with all your favourite Motown songs.

Imagine

Sat 9 Jan 2021

The Colchester School of Dance present a song and dance spectacular through the magical world of fairy tales and fantasy.

FastLove

Fri 15 Oct 2021

The World’s largest George Michael celebration FASTLOVE is back with a brand new show for 2020. Now touring in 18 countries, FASTLOVE has quickly become a global phenomenon and you can be a part of it on this amazing journey.

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Live Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Colchester

Sat 30 May 2020

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 6 Jun 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

Sheep Shearing, Topiary & Craft Weekend

Sudbury

Sat 6 - Sun 7 Jun 2020

Wool on the Farm - have you ever seen a sheep being shorn? Come to Kentwell this weekend and watch as Steve the Shearer shears our sheep!

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 13 Jun 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

Motown Tribute Night

Colchester

Sat 13 Jun 2020

We can't wait for our Motown Tribute Night on the 13th June!

Invitation to View

Colchester

Sun 14 Jun 2020

Come and see behind the scenes at the Tower

Tudor Legacies Re enactors

Colchester

Sun 14 Jun 2020

Meet the 6 wives of Henry VIII

Dream Boys 2020 *POSTPONED*

Colchester

Fri 19 Jun 2020

The Dreamboys, the UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2020.

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 20 Jun 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

The Tudor Manor

Sudbury

Sat 20 - Mon 22 Jun 2020

Visitors will experience a fully immersive hands-on visit where they can meet a real community living as if in Tudor times.

Father Day Steam Up!

Colchester

Sun 21 Jun 2020

Fathers Day at the East Anglian Railway Museum

fathers Day Birds of Prey

Colchester

Sun 21 Jun 2020

Eden Falconry will be with us for Fathers' Day once again

Freddie Mercury tribute Night

Colchester

Fri 26 Jun 2020

We can’t wait for Dean Richardson to return for our Freddie Mercury Tribute Night on the 26th June!

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 27 Jun 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

The Tudor Manor

Sudbury

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jun 2020

Visitors will experience a fully immersive hands-on visit where they can meet a real community living as if in Tudor times.

Music for Celebrations

Colchester

Sun 28 Jun 2020

Come and hear choirs and musicians performing music for celebrations in the Tower, Long Gallery garden etc.

Second Tower Tour

Colchester

Wed 1 Jul 2020

Tour of the Tower

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 4 Jul 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 11 Jul 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre

Fat Frog Comedy with Arthur Smith & Julian Deane

Colchester

Sat 11 Jul 2020

Colchester's only Bring Your Own Booze Comedy Club!

July Invitation to View

Colchester

Sun 12 Jul 2020

A Guided Tour generally with one of the owners

July Tudor Legacies

Colchester

Sun 12 Jul 2020

Come and meet Henry VIII's 6 wives as the re enact life at the Tudor royal court

Queen Tribute Night August

Colchester

Fri 17 Jul 2020

Our Queen Tribute Night next week has sold out but don't worry, they will be back!

Guided Walk: Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 18 Jul 2020

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester departing from the Visitor Information Centre