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

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 27 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Sense & Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sat 27 Jul 2019

This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sun 28 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre in the Minories Gardens

Griff Rhys Jones

Gruff Rhys Jones

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Alice in Wonderland at Marks Hall Estate

Alice in Wonderland

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life before having the

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.

The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour by Jonathan Goodwin

Mon 9 Sep 2019

Montague Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror!

Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Wed 11 Sep 2019

Outdoor Play - Much Ado About Nothing

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

Sun 15 Sep 2019

For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz.

A Sidecar Named Despair

A Sidecar Named Despair

Tue 17 - Thu 19 Sep 2019

Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

Kinks UK

Kinks UK

Fri 20 Sep 2019

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ...

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written....

John Finnemore

John Finnemores Flying Visit

Sat 28 Sep 2019

John Finnemore, writer and star of the multi-award winning BBC Radio shows “John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme”, “Cabin Pressure” and “John Finnemore’s Double Acts” brings his new live show to the stage!

The Vicar of Dibley

The Vicar of Dibley

Tue 1 - Sat 5 Oct 2019

Based quite faithfully on episodes from the first two series of The Vicar of Dibley we meet all the wonderful characters that made up the parish that Geraldine Grainger descended on.

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

Memories Are Made of This

Memories Are Made of This

Sat 26 Oct 2019

'Re-live the early music of Cliff, The Shadows and many others as we take a nostalgic trip back to the fabulous sounds of a golden era'

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

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

Eight Ash Green Festival

Eight Ash Green Festival

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Music Festival on Fordham Heath

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

Sat 3 - Sun 4 Aug 2019

Tribute Band Festival at the Old Heath Recreation Ground

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 10 Aug 2019

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Mersea Regatta

West Mersea Town Regatta

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Mersea Island's annual Regatta day

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Sep 2019

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

St Botolphs

Heritage Open Day - St Botolph's Priory Fun Day

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Fun Day and Market in St Botolph's Priory

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 12 Oct 2019

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 9 Nov 2019

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Sun 1 Dec 2019

The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever!

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Folk singer Kate Rusby will be at Charter Hall on 9 December

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Dec 2019

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Luther

Luther

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

What's On in Colchester

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Ladybirders

Ladybirders

Colchester

Wed 17 Jul 2019

Join our Expert guide Liz in this friendly group aimed at ladies who would like to learn or improve their birding knowledge

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Wed 17 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Bedroom Farce

Bedroom Farce

Colchester

Wed 17 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Four couples – three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn’s clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy.

Eight Ash Green Festival

Eight Ash Green Festival

Colchester

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Music Festival on Fordham Heath

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Lilah Fowler 14535

Summer Exhibitions 2019: Opening Celebration

Colchester

Fri 19 Jul 2019

Join us to celebrate the opening of our Summer Exhibitions with a special late opening of the galleries. Be the first to explore the new shows, hear from the artists and enjoy a drink from our bar.

Gin Dinner

Gin Dinner

Colchester

Fri 19 Jul 2019

Following on from the success of our Gin Dinner the previous two years we are pleased to announce that it will be returning for Summer 2019

A Star is Born - Open Air Cinema

A Star is Born - Open Air Cinema

Sudbury

Fri 19 Jul 2019

A Star is Born is being shown at Kentwell's Open Air Cinema in the beautiful grounds of Kentwell Hall.

Bazaar

Bazaar

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

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

80's Party Night

July 80's Party Night

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

If you love 80's music, this is the Party Night for you!

Wivenhoe Market

Wivenhoe Market

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Village Market in Wivenhoe

Essex Castle Bike Ride

Essex Castle Bike Ride

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Enjoy a great day's cycling and raise vital funds for charity!

Brightlingsea Regatta

Brightlingsea Regatta

Colchester

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jul 2019

A weekend of fun by the sea for all the family

Marks Hall Sculpture

Marks Hall Sculpture 2019

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Sculpture Trail at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum.

Binoculars

Optics Day

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Wanting to buy your first pair of binoculars or thinking of upgrading?

Magic Weekend

Alix Massey

Sudbury

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Are you ready to enter into the world of witches, wizards, fairies, dragons, alchemists, wise women, pixies and lots more.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Music at the Tower - Layer Marney Tower

Music at the Tower

Colchester

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Join two of Colchester's most loved cultural organisations at one of the region's most beautiful locations for an afternoon of music featuring Alex Mendham leading a superb jazz trio.

Sir Tom Jones

Tom Jones - Live in Castle Park

Colchester

Sun 21 Jul 2019

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

An Extraordinary Steampunk Fair

An Extraordinary Steampunk Fair

Colchester

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Ladies and gentlemen…we cordially invite you to join us at the East Anglian Railway Museum for this, our first ever Steampunk fair hosted in conjunction with the League of Essexordinary Gentlemen.

Knights of Hedingham

Knights of Hedingham

Halstead

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Coming in 2019, a new whole experience at Hedingham Castle.

Magic Weekend

Alix Massey

Sudbury

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Are you ready to enter into the world of witches, wizards, fairies, dragons, alchemists, wise women, pixies and lots more.

Dinosaur Trail

Dinosaur Trail

Colchester

Tue 23 Jul 2019

Dinosaur Trail