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

Pieces of String

Pieces of String

Fri 20 Apr - Tue 15 May 2018

A brand new musical premiering at the Mercury Theatre

Zero

Zero

Thu 26 Apr 2018

On Stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Plastic

Plastic

Thu 26 - Sat 28 Apr 2018

Drama at the Mecury Theatre

David Hoyle

David Hoyle: Diamond

Wed 2 May 2018

Unforgivng Avant-Garde Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Sofa

Sofa

Fri 4 - Sat 5 May 2018

Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester Remarkables

Colchester Remarkables with Dorian Kelly

Sat 5 May 2018

The Jane's Walk festival continues in Colchester

Ballet

BalletBoyz- Fourteen Days

Mon 7 May 2018

Dance at the Mercury Theatre

Floodgate

Floodgate

Tue 8 - Wed 9 May 2018

On Stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

Fri 11 May 2018

Opera at the Mercury Theatre

Musical Theatre

An evening of Musical theatre

Fri 11 - Sat 12 May 2018

Musical Theatre at the Mercury

Michael J Fitch

Michael J Fitch magic caberet

Sat 12 May 2018

Magic in the Town Hall.

Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Sat 12 May 2018

Classic children's book on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner - Finding my voice

Sat 12 May 2018

Celebrated actress and Musical Theatre star on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Fri 18 - Sat 19 May 2018

Classic Pirate tale on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Be All and End All

The Be all and End all

Tue 22 - Sat 26 May 2018

Drama at the Mercury Theatre

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

As You Like It

Open Air Theatre: As You Like It

Wed 4 - Sat 7 Jul 2018

Outdoor Theatre at the Munnings Museum

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

Sieben

Sieben + Fishclaw

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Future-Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Maddy Prior

Maddy Prior w/ Hannah James & Giles Lewin

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Folk Musc at Colchester Arts Centre

Record Fair

Colchester CD & Record Fair

Sat 28 Apr 2018

The Record & CD Fair returns to Firstsite

Farlanders

SlackFolk Spring Acoustic Mini Festival

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Free mini folk festival featuring Farlanders, Rosewood, Joe & Jolene, When Rivers Meet, Tom & Emma Hardy with Alie Barnes, The Four Blokes Trio and Dave Rado

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Storyville Jass Band

Sun 29 Apr 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Dovetail Trio

Dovetail Trio

Mon 30 Apr 2018

Folk Musc at Colchester Arts Centre

Citizen Jane

Citizen Jane - Film & Festival Launch

Fri 4 May 2018

Jane's Walk Colchester Film & Festival launch at Firstsite

Morris Men

Colchester Morris Men

Fri 4 May 2018

Morris Dancing at the New Inn

Alex Hitchcock

Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Sun 6 May 2018

Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Jackie Free's All Stars

Sun 6 May 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Tilbury Brass Band

Sun 6 May 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

Steve Lamacq

Steve Lamacq: Going Deaf For A Living

Tue 8 May 2018

The BBC 6 Music DJ returns to his hometown to talk all things music.

Kate Bush

Wuthering Heights - The Music of Kate Bush

Tue 8 May 2018

Kate Bush tribute at the Mercury Theatre

Rock Music

Classic Rock USA

Wed 9 May 2018

Rockl Tribute band at the Mercury Theatre

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Wed 9 May 2018

Big Band at the Mercury Theatre

Astrobeat Orchestra

London Astrobeat Orchestra performs Talking Heads

Fri 11 May 2018

Talking Heads' Classic Live Performance reinterpreted at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Morris Men

Colchester Morris Men

Sat 12 May 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance in the town centre:

SlackFolk

SlackFolk

Sat 12 May 2018

Featuring Polly Haynes, Stan Harvey. Imogen& Paul, Jim &Lesley and Dave Rado

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Yerba Buena Celebration Band

Sun 13 May 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: John Seeley's Jazz & Sax

Sun 13 May 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

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Kentwell Hall Tudor House &amp; Gardens

Kentwell Hall - Tudor House, Gardens & Rare Breeds

Sudbury

Sat 21 - Thu 26 Apr 2018

Explore the grounds at Kentwell Hall

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Colchester

Thu 26 - Fri 27 Apr 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme

Sieben

Sieben + Fishclaw

Colchester

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Future-Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Zero

Zero

Colchester

Thu 26 Apr 2018

On Stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Kestrel

Birds of Prey talk and flight evening

Colchester

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Birds of Prey evening

Plastic

Plastic

Colchester

Thu 26 - Sat 28 Apr 2018

Drama at the Mecury Theatre

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Korsandi - Mistress & Misfit

Colchester

Fri 27 Apr 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Fruit and Vegetables

Sudbury Farmers Market

Sudbury

Fri 27 Apr 2018

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

Booster Cushion

Booster Cushion Hansel & Gretel & You, Who?

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Kids Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

Maddy Prior

Maddy Prior w/ Hannah James & Giles Lewin

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Folk Musc at Colchester Arts Centre

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Tudor Roost

Tudor Roost - Open Gardens

Colchester

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

Open Gardens at Tudor Roost, Fingringhoe

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Record Fair

Colchester CD & Record Fair

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

The Record & CD Fair returns to Firstsite

Optic Days at Abberton Reservoir

Optic Days

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Optic Days at Abberton Reservoir

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

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

Kentwell Hall Tudor House &amp; Gardens

Kentwell Hall - Tudor House, Gardens & Rare Breeds

Sudbury

Sat 28 Apr - Thu 3 May 2018

Explore the grounds at Kentwell Hall

Farlanders

SlackFolk Spring Acoustic Mini Festival

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Free mini folk festival featuring Farlanders, Rosewood, Joe & Jolene, When Rivers Meet, Tom & Emma Hardy with Alie Barnes, The Four Blokes Trio and Dave Rado

Col U

Colchester United v Swindon Town

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Harpsichords

New Muisc For Two Harpsichords

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

New Music in Great Horkesley

St Botolphs

St Botolph's Music Society - Mozart & Bach

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Classical Music in St Botolph's Church

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Colchester

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Boxted Airfield

Boxted Airfield Museum Open Day

Colchester

Sun 29 Apr 2018

Boxted Airfield museum opens to the public

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell

Colchester

Sun 29 Apr 2018

Former MP Sir Bob Russell gives a walking tour of the town.