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

Abbotts Hall Farm Outdoor Theatre

Wuthering Heights - Outdoor Theatre

Sat 29 Jun 2019

This summer join us on the lawn at Abbotts Hall Farm for the Heartbreak Productions of Wuthering Heights.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 6 Jul 2019

Outdoor performance of the Roald Dahl Classic

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 13 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at the Whalebone Inn

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sun 14 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at St Mary's Church, Wivenhoe

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 27 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sun 28 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre in the Minories Gardens

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.

Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Wed 11 Sep 2019

Outdoor Play - Much Ado About Nothing

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

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

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Sat 30 Nov 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne - If I'm Honest

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Thu 16 Apr 2020

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

Colchester Pride

Colchester Pride 2019

Sat 29 Jun 2019

A fully accessible, inclusive, family friendly day celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Colchester and beyond

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

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

What's On in Colchester

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Tudor Midsummer 1588 Re-creation

Tudor Midsummer 1588 Re-creation

Sudbury

Sat 22 - Mon 24 Jun 2019

Kentwell’s Tudor Midsummer Re-creation takes you back through the “time tunnel” and transports you into Tudor England 1588.

Poster Dedham Art Society

Dedham Art Society Summer Exhibition

Dedham

Sun 23 - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Art Exhibition supporting Dedham Therapy Farm and showing paintings by Dedham Primary School as well Members of Dedham Art Society.

Milton Jones

Milton Jones - Warm Up Show

Colchester

Mon 24 Jun 2019

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

An Evening of Clairvoyance - Ronnie Buckingham

An Evening of Clairvoyance - Ronnie Buckingham

Colchester

Tue 25 Jun 2019

If you’re not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide?

Home Educators Day - Tudor 1588 Re-creation

Home Educators Day - Tudor (1588) Re-creation

Sudbury

Wed 26 Jun 2019

Home Educators Day - Kentwell’s Tudor Midsummer Re-creation with over 200 authentically costumed, role playing Tudors will transport you back to Tudor England during 1588.

Stefanos Tsourelis Trio

Stefanos Tsourelis Trio

Colchester

Wed 26 Jun 2019

Using the guitar and the oud (a traditional lute from the Middle East), Stefanos Tsourelis transports his audience on an authentic and exciting journey involving a unique fusion of Mediterranean music and jazz

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 28 - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Christine Walkden

You'll never do well but I did! A Gardener's Talk

Colchester

Fri 28 Jun 2019

Join Christine Walkden as she talks about her life as a horticulturalist, her role as one of the UK’s favourite TV gardeners and why she was told by teachers that she would 'ne'er do well'. In aid of The Beth Chatto Educational Trust

A Feast of Music For The Soul

A Feast of Music For The Soul

Colchester

Fri 28 Jun 2019

Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of delicious music.

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

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

Brantham Teddy Bear Parachute Jump

Brantham Teddy Bear Parachute Jump

Manningtree

Sat 29 Jun 2019

This year’s annual Teddy Bear Parachute Jump in aid of St Michael’s Church Brantham (CO11 1PZ) will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019 in the church grounds.

Headway Essex Colour5K

Colour5K

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Runners will take on a 5 kilometre course and at every kilometre colour bandits will shower them with different coloured powdered paint. At the finish line there is a huge colour extravaganza to throw coloured paint over friends and family.

Colchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

The Colchester Food and Drink Festival

Colchester

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

Colchester's Annual Food & Drink Festival returns to Castle Park

Colchester Pride

Colchester Pride 2019

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

A fully accessible, inclusive, family friendly day celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Colchester and beyond

Ranger Rambles

Ranger Rambles

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Join our Ranger for a guided walk around the reserve.

16 Air Asslt Bde and Colchester Garrison Show 2019

16 Air Assault Brigade & Colchester Garrison Show

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

The 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison take over Abbey Field,

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Tudor Midsummer 1588 Re-creation

Tudor Midsummer 1588 Re-creation

Sudbury

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

Kentwell’s Tudor Midsummer Re-creation takes you back through the “time tunnel” and transports you into Tudor England 1588.

Musicians

Music Train on Gainsborough Line

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

A fun summer evening listening to fun music whilst riding the beautiful Gainsborough railway line

The TWITS by Roald Dahl

The TWITS by Roald Dahl

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Theatricool Acting School present their first ever show! The Twits is about the misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys.

Abbotts Hall Farm Outdoor Theatre

Wuthering Heights - Outdoor Theatre

Colchester

Sat 29 Jun 2019

This summer join us on the lawn at Abbotts Hall Farm for the Heartbreak Productions of Wuthering Heights.

Part of B26 marauder exhibit

Only open day in June

Colchester

Sun 30 Jun 2019

New exhibition opened this year in brand new display hall doubling our museum space.

Sunshine after Rain - Colchester Chamber Choir

Sunshine after Rain - Colchester Chamber Choir

Mersea Island

Sun 30 Jun 2019

A delightful programme of summer a capella choral music, followed by strawberries and fizz.

Ladybirders

Ladybirders

Colchester

Wed 3 Jul 2019

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