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

Europe After The Rain

Europe After the Rain

Fri 25 May - Sat 9 Jun 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre

Bob Dylan Story

The Bob Dylan Story

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Bob Dylan tribute at the Mercury Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mon 4 - Sat 9 Jun 2018

The smash-hot comedy returns to the Mercury Theatre

Swing With Laughter

Swing with Laughter

Mon 11 Jun 2018

Classic Variety show at the Mercury Theatre

Prince Revelation

The Prince Revelation

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Tribute to Prince at the Mercury Theatre

The Westenders

The Westenders

Wed 13 Jun 2018

The World's Greatest Musicals at the Mercury Theatre

Money For Nothing

Money For Nothing

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Dire Straits Tribute at the Mercury Theatre

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Children's Theatre at the Mercury Theatre

As You Like It

Open Air Theatre: As You Like It

Wed 4 - Sat 7 Jul 2018

Outdoor Theatre at the Munnings Museum

Big Sunday

Big Sunday

Sun 8 Jul 2018

A town-wide free festival of music, dance, food and more.

Babe- The Sheep Pig

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

Fri 27 Jul - Sun 26 Aug 2018

The classic children's tale live on stage at the Mercury Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wed 29 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

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

Hospital Radio Funday

Hospital Radio Colchester Fun Day

Mon 28 May 2018

Family Fair in Castle Park

Real Ale Festival

33rd Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Tue 29 May - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Open from 12noon until 11pm everyday

Pop Divas

Pop Divas Live

Thu 31 May 2018

Pop tribute for kids at the Mercury Theatre

Bob Dylan Story

The Bob Dylan Story

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Bob Dylan tribute at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Swan, Little To

Colchester Morris Men

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Swan, Little Totham

Soul Kitchen

An Evening with Soul Kitchen

Sat 2 Jun 2018

A fun evening of soul, disco and two-tone classics at Abberton Reservoir with Soul Kitchen and Essex Wildlife Trust

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Bob Dwyer's Bix and Pieces

Sun 3 Jun 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

SlackFolk

SlackFolk

Sat 9 Jun 2018

Featuring Gwendal Moele & Paul Riley, Elderberries. The Hardy Perennials, Richard Brazear and J S Watts

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Rico's Hot Rhythm

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Pipes In The Park

Pipes In The Park

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Scottish Fair in Castle Park

Prince Revelation

The Prince Revelation

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Tribute to Prince at the Mercury Theatre

The Westenders

The Westenders

Wed 13 Jun 2018

The World's Greatest Musicals at the Mercury Theatre

Money For Nothing

Money For Nothing

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Dire Straits Tribute at the Mercury Theatre

Steps

Steps + Blue

Sat 16 Jun 2018

90s Pop Legends live in Castle Park

25th Backyard Artists Exhibition Rowhedge

25th Backyard Artists Exhibition Rowhedge

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Visitors are encouraged to come by ferry from Wivenhoe running Saturday 13:00 to 16:30 and Sunday 13:45 to 17:15, and to walk, cycle, use public transport or car share if possible as there's limited parking in Rowhedge's narrow streets.

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: New Orleans All Stars

Sun 17 Jun 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Sweeney Entertainments presents The Best of WHAM!

The Best of WHAM!

Thu 21 Jun 2018

Wham! Tribute at teh Mercury Theatre

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Anchor Inn, Nay

Colchester Morris Men

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Anchor Inn, Nayland

Zoe Gilby

Zoe Gilby Jazz Singer

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Zoe Gilby - Jazz Singer

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Dinosaur - World and Jazz Musicians

What's On in Colchester

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St Mary's Church

Stoke-by-Nayland Art Exhibition

Colchester

Wed 23 - Tue 29 May 2018

Annual Art Exhibition in Stoke-By-Nayland

Tudor Roost

Tudor Roost - Open Gardens

Colchester

Sun 27 - Mon 28 May 2018

Open Gardens at Tudor Roost, Fingringhoe

Transport Extravaganza

Transport Extravaganza

Colchester

Sun 27 - Mon 28 May 2018

Bank Holiday Fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Tudor Roost

National Garden Scheme Open Garden

Colchester

Sun 27 - Mon 28 May 2018

An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden.

Brightlingsea Lido

Brightlingsea Lido reopens for the Summer

Brightlingsea

Mon 28 May 2018

Brightlingsea Lido reopens!

Boot Sale

Ardleigh Car Boot Sale

Colchester

Mon 28 May 2018

Boot Sale at Ardleigh Showground - every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

Hospital Radio Funday

Hospital Radio Colchester Fun Day

Colchester

Mon 28 May 2018

Family Fair in Castle Park

Plant Stall

Village Fete

Colchester

Mon 28 May 2018

A lovely old fashioned village fete

Packing Shed Open Day

Mersea Island Packing Shed Open Day

Mersea Island

Mon 28 May 2018

Boat trips and cream teas at the Mersea Island Packing Shed

Vintage Car display

Nayland Church Fete

Colchester

Mon 28 May 2018

A wonderful and traditional fete in the historic village of Nayland. A range of stalls and sideshows, vintage cars, sports, Tug of War, jazz band and refreshments for all ages Free Parking

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Mon 28 May 2018

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

Hollytrees

Rhyme-time T-Shirts

Colchester

Tue 29 May 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

Real Ale Festival

33rd Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Colchester

Tue 29 May - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Open from 12noon until 11pm everyday

Imogen Cooper

Roman River Music - Imogen Cooper

Colchester

Tue 29 May 2018

Classical Music at the Mercury Theatre

Natural History Museum

Beastly Ballads

Colchester

Wed 30 May 2018

Childrens activity at the Natural History Museum

Munnings Sign

Spring Bug Bonanza (5-10 year olds)

Colchester

Wed 30 May 2018

Bug themed fun at the Munnings Museum

Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping

Colchester

Wed 30 May 2018

Join the ranger pond dipping and find tadpoles and other friends. Afterwards make your own freshwater friend.

Our Hero, SideKick and Villain!

Student Games Design Exhibition

Colchester

Wed 30 - Thu 31 May 2018

Students from the Level 3 Interactive Media and Games course at Colchester Institute are pleased to present their final projects in this pop-up exhibition at Firstsite.

Tiptree Farm Tours

Guided Tractor Tour of Tiptree Fruit Farms

Colchester

Wed 30 May 2018

Tour of the farms at Tiptree Jam Factory

Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratts Big Draw Along

Colchester

Wed 30 May 2018

Acclaimed children's illustrator at the Mercury Theatre

Cello Concert

Cello Recital

Colchester

Wed 30 May 2018

A cello recital by internationally acclaimed cellist, Orlando Jopling with delicious Syrian food, at St Botolph's Church. Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:45pm

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Colchester

Wed 30 May - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Jim Cartwright's award-winning comedy

Lion Walk Bee Event

Beehive Event

Colchester

Thu 31 May - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Bee-related activities in Lion walk Shopping Centre

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Colchester

Thu 31 May - Fri 1 Jun 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme