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

Shedding Skin

Shedding Skin

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Feb 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre

Turn of the Screw

Turn of the Screw

Fri 23 Feb - Sat 10 Mar 2018

Turn of the Screw, Henry James’ famous ghost story, is rendered fresh, thrilling and moving in Tim Luscombe’s brand new adaptation.

Viva La Camp

Viva La Camp

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box by Jonathan Young

Mon 26 - Tue 27 Feb 2018

A spellbinding new play at the Headgate Theatre

Harrogate

Harrogate

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb 2018

On stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Poetry Brothel

Poetry Brothel Colchester

Thu 1 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival continues in Three Wise Monkeys

The Chef Show

The Chef Show

Thu 1 Mar 2018

Curry & Comedy combine in this play at the Lakeside Theatre

Michael Frayn

Essex Book Festival: Michael Frayn

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival Continues at the Lakeside Theatre

No One Loves US Here

No One Loves Us Here

Tue 6 - Wed 7 Mar 2018

Dark comedy at the Lakeside Theatre

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

Thu 8 Mar 2018

One-woman show at the Lakeside Theatre

Memento Mori

Memento Mori

Thu 8 - Sat 10 Mar 2018

Essex Book Festival continues at the Mercury Theatre

Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

Fri 9 - Sat 10 Mar 2018

The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown

Circus of Horrors

Circus of Horrors

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Bizarre and Fantastic Circus at Charter Hall

Lipsinkers

The Lipsinkers

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Classic Drama at the Mercury Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the roof

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Classic Musical at the William Loveless Hall

Bazaar & Rummage

Bazaar and Rummage by Sue Townsend

Wed 14 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Bittersweet comedy at the Headgate Theatre

Growing Pains

Tom Gill: Growing Pains

Wed 14 Mar 2018

One Man Show at Colchester Arts Centre

The Thing

The Thing That Came From Over There

Fri 16 - Sat 17 Mar 2018

Comedy Horror at the Mercury Theatre

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Tue 20 - Sat 24 Mar 2018

A British Classsic at the Headgate Theatre

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

Big Country

Big Country

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Madness Tribute

Madness Tribute

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Viva La Camp

Viva La Camp

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Barry Palser's Savoy Jazz

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Party Like It's 1599

Party Like It's 1599

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Medieval music at Colchester Arts Centre

Kit Hawes

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Sieben

Sieben + The Dead Rat Orchestra + Fishclaw

Wed 28 Feb 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Luther Vandross Tribute

Luther Vandross Tribute

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

The Sam Plackett Trio

The Sam Plackett Trio

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Modern Jazz at the Headgate Theatre

Dingus Khan

Dingus Khan

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Local heroes launch their new album at Colchester Arts Centre

Mo Town Tribute

Motown Tribute

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium!

Dudley Moore

Chris Ingham Quartet: The Jazz of Dudley Moore

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: New Orleans Jazz Bandits

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Knight & Spiers

Knight and Spiers

Mon 5 Mar 2018

Folk Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Itch

Itch (The King Blues Unplugged)

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Take That Tribute

Take That Tribute

Fri 9 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

SlackFolk

SlackFolk

Sat 10 Mar 2018

On the second Saturday of every month.

Lipsinkers

The Lipsinkers

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

90's Night

90's Night

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Holi 2018

Holi Mela (Festival of Holi)

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Festival of throwing colours at Firstsite

What's On in Colchester

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Rob Newman

Rob Newman: A Total Eclipse of Descartes

Colchester

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Oliver!

Oliver!

Colchester

Wed 21 - Sat 24 Feb 2018

fantastic all time family favourite!

Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Colchester

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Shedding Skin

Shedding Skin

Colchester

Thu 22 - Sat 24 Feb 2018

New writing at the Mercury Theatre

Three Wise Monkeys Winter Beer Festival

Three Wise Monkeys Winter Beer Festival

Colchester

Thu 22 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

Winter Beer Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Colchester Veteran&#39;s Images on Display

Veterans' Images on Parade 2018 - Colchester

Colchester

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Feb 2018

An exciting exhibition and sale of photography in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity showcasing a unique collection of images taken by British Armed Forces Veterans.

Hootingly Good Show

Hootingly Good Show - owl talk and flight evening

Colchester

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Owl talk and flight evening

Big Country

Big Country

Colchester

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Madness Tribute

Madness Tribute

Colchester

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Tribute band at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Fruit and Vegetables

Sudbury Farmers Market

Sudbury

Fri 23 Feb 2018

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

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Viva La Camp

Viva La Camp

Colchester

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Optic Days at Abberton Reservoir

Optic Days

Colchester

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Optic Days at Abberton Reservoir

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 24 Feb 2018

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

Kentwell Hall&#39;s Gardens &amp; Snowdrops

Kentwell Hall's Gardens & Grounds Spring Awakening

Sudbury

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Explore the beginnings of Spring at Kentwell Hall

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Barnet

Colchester

Sat 24 Feb 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Colchester Symphony Orchestra

Colchester Symphony Orchestra

Colchester

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Colchester Symphony Orchestra plays Bruckner's 8th Symphony, one of the great romantic symphonies of all time.

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Barry Palser's Savoy Jazz

Colchester

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Boat Jumble

Essex Boat Jumble

Colchester

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Boat Jumble Sale at Ardleigh Showground

Horkesley Hall

Horkesley Hall - Open Gardens

Colchester

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Open Gardens at Horkesley Hall

Party Like It&#39;s 1599

Party Like It's 1599

Colchester

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Medieval music at Colchester Arts Centre

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan: Rewind Selector 90s

Colchester

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Beads

The Bead Fair

Colchester

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Beads an Jewellery making at Charter Hall