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

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Wed 18 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Lerner and Lowe's classic musical take on George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion'

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

Stapled to a Chicken

Headless Chickens - It's A Scream

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Jul 2018

Stapled to a Chicken return to the Headgate with their comedy (mis)adventures

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Outdoor Theatre at Marks Hall Gardens

School of Rock

School of Rock - Performance Workshop

Mon 13 - Fri 17 Aug 2018

5 day workshop for 8 to 16 year olds

All Hail Macbeth

Packing Shed Theatre: All Hail Macbeth

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre in Tymperley's Gardens

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre at Coggeshall Grange Barn

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wed 29 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Fri 31 Aug 2018

Oscar Wilde satire

Extreme Robots

Extreme Robots

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Robot Battle at Charter Hall

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Colchester's classical music festival returns, at different venues throughout the town

Jack

From Your Ever Loving Jack

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

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

Gin Weekender

Three Wise Monkeys Gin Weekender 2018

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gin Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Al Festo

Al Festo

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A Beer & Music Festival at the Sun Inn, Dedham

Eight Ash Green

Eight Ash Green Music Festival

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

Music Festival at Fordham Heath Football Field

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Aveley & Newham Band

Sun 22 Jul 2018

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

Colchester Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 26 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Vintage fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Sid Bolan Big Band

Sun 29 Jul 2018

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

Talinka

Talinka

Sun 5 Aug 2018

Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: The Colchester Band

Sun 5 Aug 2018

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

Power Trip

Power Trip + Game + Aggressive Perfector

Thu 9 Aug 2018

Thrash Metal at Colchester Arts Centre

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Colne Endeavour

Sun 12 Aug 2018

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

Colchester Has Pride

Colchester Has Pride

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Colchester's 2nd Pride event at Firstsite

Three Wise Monkeys

Skinny Jean Gardener Festival 2018

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Gardening Festival - in Three Wise Monkeys

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Wanderin' Soles

Sun 19 Aug 2018

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

Dedham Vale Vineyard Festival

Dedham Vale Cider & Wine Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

Family Festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall

Simple Minds + The Pretenders + KT Tunstall

Sun 26 Aug 2018

Three iconic pop acts hit the stage in Colchester as part of a Nationwide Tour.

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Sweeting Swing Band

Sun 9 Sep 2018

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

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Colchester's classical music festival returns, at different venues throughout the town

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties (Rhapsody in Blue)

Thu 20 Sep 2018

Roman River Festival begins, at the Mercury Theatre

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Pk Bandstand: Colchester Accordian Showband

Sun 23 Sep 2018

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

What's On in Colchester

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Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Wed 18 Jul 2018

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

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Colchester

Wed 18 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Lerner and Lowe's classic musical take on George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion'

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Colchester

Thu 19 - Fri 20 Jul 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme

Gin Weekender

Three Wise Monkeys Gin Weekender 2018

Colchester

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gin Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Al Festo

Al Festo

Dedham

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

A Beer & Music Festival at the Sun Inn, Dedham

Eight Ash Green

Eight Ash Green Music Festival

Colchester

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

Music Festival at Fordham Heath Football Field

Friday Health Walk

Friday Health Walk

Colchester

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Regular walk at High Woods Country Park

Family Charity Ball &amp; Wildlife Art Auction

Children's Charity Ball & Wildlife Art Auction

Colchester

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Charity event at Firstsite

Eduardo Niebla

THE EDUARDO NIEBLA EXPERIENCE

Colchester

Fri 20 Jul 2018

Eduardo Niebla – guitar & composer Matthew Robinson – guitar Dharmesh Parmar – Indian tabla

Kids Run The Railway

Kids Run The Railway!

Colchester

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Kids' activity day at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Munnings Sign

Poetry Open Mic

Colchester

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Poetry at the Munnings Museum

Farmers Market

Wivenhoe Farmers Market

Colchester

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Farmers Market in Wivenhoe

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Marks Hall

Marks Hall Garden and Country Show

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Family Event at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Rapture Gaming Festival

Rapture Gaming Festival

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Gaming Festival at Colchester Charter Hall

Fire Station Open Day

West Mersea Fire Station Open Day

Mersea Island

Sat 21 Jul 2018

A summer fire station open day.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 21 Jul 2018

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

Kentwell&#39;s Magic Weekend

Kentwell Hall Magic Weekend

Sudbury

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Jul 2018

Magic and Mystery at Kentwell Hall

Beside the Seaside

Beside the Seaside

Clacton-on-Sea

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Beside the Seaside brings a host of traditional seaside entertainment, water sports and beach family fun sports activities to Dovercourt and to Clacton.

Brightlingsea Gardens

Brightlingsea Gardens - Open Gardens

Brightlingsea

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Brightlingsea Gardens open for the National Garden Scheme

Boot Sale

Ardleigh Car Boot Sale

Colchester

Sun 22 Jul 2018

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

Venison sausage rolls from Truly Traceable

Lavenham Farmers Market

Sudbury

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Winner of the 2015 Best Food Market in Suffolk: BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards Best Market in Suffolk: EADT 2012 Food & Drink Awards

party in the park 2018

Party In The Park

Sudbury

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Sudbury's Parts in the Park is a FREE family event expected to attract thousands of people! Activities include bungee trampolines, climbing walls, work shops, live music and entertainment, food stalls and much much more !