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.

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.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019

Wed 9 Oct 2019

Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Travel Stories 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

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

Wivenhoe Town FC New Years Eve Party

New Years Eve Party

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Celebrate New Years Eve with Wivenhoe Town Football Club. Dance the night away with music from the 80's to the present day and test your knowledge in the family quiz.

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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Ladies Festive Escape at Prested Hall

Ladies Festive Escape

Colchester

Mon 17 Dec 2018

Fantastic opportunity to escape the madness of xmas and enjoy some ME time with friends or family.

Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza

Colchester

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

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Colchester

Tue 18 Dec 2018

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

Christmas Carols at The Swan Inn, Chappel

Christmas Carols The Colchester Operatic Society

Colchester

Tue 18 Dec 2018

Join us on Tuesday 18th December at The Swan Inn, Chappel for an evening of Christmas Carols with The Colchester Operatic Society.

Twisters Record Club - Christmas Special

Twisters Record Club - Christmas Special

Colchester

Wed 19 Dec 2018

Festive dancing at Twisters Bar

Santa's Grotto

Santa’s Castle Grotto

Colchester

Thu 20 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Father Christmas visits Colchester Castle

Muppet Christmas Carol

Sing-a-long-a-Muppet Christmas Carol

Colchester

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Ireverent Film Screening at Colchester Arts Centre

Signals Media

Minecraft Hack 9+years

Colchester

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Discover a world of Minecraft

Christmas Wreath Making

Woodland Wreath Making

Colchester

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Suitable for ages 4+ years

xmas

Christmas Party Nights

Halstead

Thu 20 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.

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

Colchester

Thu 20 - Sat 22 Dec 2018

Common Ground Theatre Company present their Christmas show The Scarlet Pipistrelle

Fruit and Vegetables

Sudbury Farmers Market

Sudbury

Fri 21 Dec 2018

Sudbury Farmers' Market is one of the best town centre farmers' markets in Suffolk, attracting hundreds of shoppers through the doors every month.

Signals Media

Christmas Claymotion 7+years

Colchester

Fri 21 Dec 2018

Get into the spirit of CHRISTMAS

John Cooper Clarke

Christmas Poetry Bash w/ John Cooper Clarke + more

Colchester

Sat 22 Dec 2018

The annual festive bout of local poetry heroes at Colchester Arts Centre

Starlight Nights

Christmas Starlight Nights

Colchester

Sat 22 Dec 2018

Festive fun at Colchester Zoo

Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Fun for all the family.

Essex Rebels vs BA Lions Women's Basketball

Essex Rebels vs BA Lions Basketball

Colchester

Sat 22 Dec 2018

The Essex Rebels play Barking Abbey Lions in the final championship game before Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Candlelight

Colchester

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Rediscover this Dickensian tale at Colchester Arts Centre

Starlight Nights

Christmas Starlight Nights

Colchester

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Festive fun at Colchester Zoo

Victoria Inn

Guilty Pleasures Xmas Disco

Colchester

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Guilty Pleasures Xmas Disco

Twisters Xmas Disco

The BIG Indie Christmas Disco!

Colchester

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Festive dancing at Twisters Bar

Spacecake - '2 Truths' Album Launch

Spacecake - '2 Truths' Album Launch

Colchester

Fri 28 Dec 2018

On Friday 28th December, Spacecake will be launching their debut album '2 Truths' at Three Wise Monkey Colchester.

Of All Time

Of All Time - The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever

Colchester

Sat 29 Dec 2018

Festive dancing at Twisters Bar

Party Like It's 1999

Party Like It's 1999 - New Years Eve Party

Colchester

Mon 31 Dec 2018

New Years eve Party at Twisters Bar