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

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

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

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE.

Wed 9 - Sat 12 Oct 2019

Funny, dark and unforgettable, expect the unexpected! Contains strong language and adult themes.

Radiant Vermin

Radiant Vermin

Mon 14 - Sat 19 Oct 2019

A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, Radiant Vermin is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality.

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Fri 18 Oct 2019

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian at Charter Hall

The Affair

THE AFFAIR

Thu 24 Oct 2019

A hilarious and uplifting new play about relationships, with all the ingredients of a great comedy... clown, bouffon, vaudeville and slapstick!

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'

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band

THE CLOCKS GO BACK…”CABARET FOR AN AUTUMN DAY"

Sun 27 Oct 2019

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band’s exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour

Holiday Workshop - Matilda in 20

Holiday Workshop - Matilda in 20

Tue 29 Oct - Fri 1 Nov 2019

This holiday tackle an abridged version of Tim Minchin’s popular musical, featuring famous songs and dances from the show.

Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices

DOM MACKIE’S POOR LIFE CHOICES

Tue 29 Oct 2019

Dom Mackie is only in his early twenties, but he has already made many stupid decisions.

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

Tue 29 Oct 2019

With nearly 40 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new comedy talent, and remains the place to see tomorrows stars today.

Ben Elton

Ben Elton - Live 2019

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Chico Chica

Chico Chica

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Led by composer Barbara Snow and lyricist Tom Hannah, this exciting four-piece takes a myriad of musical ingredients - tango, chanson, rai, rumba, jazz and cabaret - resulting an unforgettable evening of song and entertainment.

TERRIFICALLY TERRIFYING TALES

TERRIFICALLY TERRIFYING TALES

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Two new ghost stories performed live especially for the spooking season.

Bug

Bug

Wed 6 - Sat 9 Nov 2019

A tense, psychological thriller, wrought with conspiracy theories and revelations.

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

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....

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.

Colchester Symphony Orchestra concert

Colchester Symphony Orchestra concert

Sat 19 Oct 2019

‘Music associated with London’ Elgar: Overture Cockaigne (In London Town) Elgar: ‘Cello Concerto Soloist: Rowena Calvert Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2 ‘A London Symphony’

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Sun 20 Oct 2019

After last year’s successful concert, award-winning pianist and composer, Matyas Bacsó is back at the Headgate Theatre to introduce his newest album of piano compositions ‘Fragments (From Everyday Life)’.

Big 90s Festival

The Big Nineties Festival

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Go back to the 90s in Lower Castle Park

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'

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band

THE CLOCKS GO BACK…”CABARET FOR AN AUTUMN DAY"

Sun 27 Oct 2019

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band’s exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour

Chico Chica

Chico Chica

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Led by composer Barbara Snow and lyricist Tom Hannah, this exciting four-piece takes a myriad of musical ingredients - tango, chanson, rai, rumba, jazz and cabaret - resulting an unforgettable evening of song and entertainment.

Halloween Spooktacular Party Night

Halloween Spooktacular Party Night

Fri 1 Nov 2019

There is no better or spookier way to spend your Halloween celebrations than at our Halloween Spooktacular Party Night!

Showstoppers

Showstoppers

Sat 2 Nov 2019

From Les Mis to Chicago this choir is sure to get you dancing in your seats!

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.

A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

Wed 20 - Sat 23 Nov 2019

Platform Musicals celebrate their 25th anniversary with Andrew Hodgson's new production of one of Stephen Sondheim's most popular and acclaimed musicals.

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.

Eclipse At Five Past Seven

Eclipse At Five Past Seven

Sun 15 Dec 2019

A relaxing evening of winter-warming music. A mix of seasonal favourites blended together in the unique style of Eclipse.

Crissy Lee

Crissy Lee Quintet

Wed 18 Dec 2019

One of the UK's most experienced female drummers and tutors, Crissy appears with her special guest singer/saxophonist, Alec Pitman.

Luther

Luther

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

What's On in Colchester

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St Peter's Church

Heritage Open Day: St Peter's Church

Colchester

Wed 18 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

St Peter's Church opens to the public for Heritage Open Days 2019

St Martin's Church

HODs 2019: St Martin's Church

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

St Martin's Church will open for Heritage Open Weekends after being closed to the public for over a year.

Tudor Michaelmas

Tudor Michaelmas

Sudbury

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

Come and join the Tudors (their last visit for this year) at our Michaelmas Re-creation. It's an important time for Tudors who will be celebrating a good harvest that will take them through the harsh winter months.

Zoo Crew

Character Breakfast

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

What better way to start your Sunday than with a meet ‘n’ greet over a delicious breakfast with your favourite Colchester Zoo characters?

Greyfriars

Heritage Open Day - GreyFriars

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

Greyfriars Hotel opens its doors for Heritage Open Days

Migration Day

Migration Day at Fingrnghoe Wick

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

Birdwatching at Fingringhoe Wick

Headgate Theare

Heritage Open Day - The Headgate Theatre

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

The Headgate Theatre opend for Heritage Open Day

Snowy Lake

Winter Wander and Christmas Lunch

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

Get out for some fresh air with a winter birdwatching wander around the reserve with our expert guide Liz

The Arnhem Bridge - a 'Bridge Too Far'

Commemoration Service Op Market Garden 75

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

A community service to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Arnhem, including prayers, readings, wreath/flower laying, two minutes silence, and a bugler playing the Last Post and Reveille.

Roman Circus Centre

Heritage Open Day - Roman Circus Centre

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

The Roman Circus Centre hosts a Heritage Open Day event

Colchester Jazz Club - Marks Tey Parish Hall

Colchester Jazz Club - New Orleans Heat

Colchester

Sun 22 Sep 2019

This week's featured band - Barry Grummett's New Orleans Heat. Live music. Dance floor. Licensed Bar. Raffle.

Col U v Tottenham Hotspur

Colchester Utd v Tottenham Hotspur

Colchester

Tue 24 Sep 2019

Carabao Cup Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Colchester

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Food Wars

Food Wars

Colchester

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep.

The painting design for the evening

Acrylic Painting Evening Class with Drinks

Wivenhoe

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Paint Brush 'n Bubbles is a fun, relaxed, creative evening of painting with acrylics, on canvas, with a glass of bubbly on offer, or a drink of your choice, whilst listening to low-level atmospheric music.

Elvis Presley Tribute Night

Elvis Presley Tribute Night

Colchester

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Join us on the 27th September for our Elvis Presley Tribute Night here at the JobServe Community Stadium!

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Sep 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Brightlingsea

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Food Wars

Food Wars

Brightlingsea

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep.

80's and 90's School Disco

80's and 90's School Disco September

Colchester

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Back once again by popular demand, we have our 80's and 90's School Disco!

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 28 Sep 2019

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

Colchester Zoo Rhino

Starlight Safari Night!

Colchester

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Join us for a late summer evening at Colchester Zoo! Enjoy a magical twilight spectacular as we remain open until 9.30pm with a timetable packed with special feeds, encounters and training sessions.

Fire Station Open Day

Colchester Fire Station Open Day 2019

Colchester

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Open Day at Colchester Fire Station

Artist Market

SPACE Colchester Artist Market

Colchester

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Artist Market at the Old Police Station in 37 Queen Street