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

Shout! The Mod Musical

Shout! The Mod Musical

Wed 19 Sep - Mon 22 Oct 2018

Musical at the Headgate Theatre

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

Roman River Festival: From Your Ever Loving Jack

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband - by Oscar Wilde

Wed 26 - Sat 29 Sep 2018

Sir Robert Chiltern is seen by all as the ideal public figure: an incorruptible and honest politician. But this has not always been the case, and his past is about to catch up with him.

Imran Perretta: 15 days

Imran Perretta: 15 days

Thu 27 Sep - Sat 3 Nov 2018

Imran Perretta's ’15 days’ is inspired by the time that the artist spent in Calais with former inhabitants of the refugee camp known as the Jungle, who are now living in surrounding woodland.

NT Live: King Lear

NT Live: King Lear

Thu 27 Sep 2018

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

Fri 28 Sep - Sat 13 Oct 2018

Daniel Defoe's classic novel, unfaithfully adapted for the stage.

Laura Purcell

An Evening with Laura Purcell

Mon 1 Oct 2018

Book talk with local author Laura Purcell

Russell Watson

Russell Watson - Canzoni D'Amore

Thu 4 Oct 2018

"The People's Tenor" live at Charter Hall

Boeing-Boeing

Boeing-Boeing - by Marc Camoletti

Thu 4 - Sat 6 Oct 2018

It’s the 1960s, & swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris & three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay!

The Flop

The Flop

Thu 4 Oct 2018

When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop… from being one?

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Frankie's Guys

Sat 6 Oct 2018

Frankie's Guys - A celebration of 'Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons'

Circus Petite

Circus Petite

Wed 10 - Sun 14 Oct 2018

Circus at Waldegraves Holiday Park

An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People

Thu 11 Oct 2018

Having rejuvenated the fortunes of a crumbling town, eminent doctor Tamsin Stockmann expects to be hailed as its saviour once again when she exposes a major public health risk.

The Mariner

The Mariner - By Pat Whymark

Thu 11 - Sat 13 Oct 2018

Common Ground Theatre Company return with this enthralling, slightly surreal adaptation of Coleridge's The Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

Women of Aktion

Women of Aktion

Mon 15 Oct 2018

It’s the 1930’s and a young Joan Littlewood has walked out of RADA and stomped her way north, searching for the revolution. She reaches Manchester and finds kindred spirits – at Rusholme Rep!

East

East

Tue 23 - Wed 24 Oct 2018

Directed by Hal Best An elegy for the East End and its energetic waste.

Funny Girl- The Musical

Screening: Funny Girl- The Musical

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Following its sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl will be streamed to Lakeside Theatre.

Castaways

Castaways

Thu 25 Oct 2018

Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Award winnning play at the Mercury 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

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

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

Roman River Festival 2018

Roman River Festival 2018

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Our festival is informal, open to everybody, with no rules. We convert disused urban buildings into performance venues because there is no concert hall in Colchester. Come and join in!

80's Party Night

80's Party Night

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Our very own 80's Party Night is the ultimate 80's party. Join the party and dance the night away to those classic hit 80's songs, that we all know and love.

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

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower Open House & Garden with Rock C

Sun 30 Sep 2018

Come along and enjoy a visit to Layer Marney Tower and it's wonderful garden, and enjoy the sounds of Colchester's ROCK CHOIR. Timing TBC

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: St Peter's Band

Sun 30 Sep 2018

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

Russell Watson

Russell Watson - Canzoni D'Amore

Thu 4 Oct 2018

"The People's Tenor" live at Charter Hall

Britney Spears Tribute

Britney Spears Tribute

Fri 5 Oct 2018

Jeni Jaye is our Britney Spears tribute at Colchester United performing all of Britney's hit songs,including 'Baby one more time' and 'Toxic' If you love Pop Party's this is the ultimate night for you

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Frankie's Guys

Sat 6 Oct 2018

Frankie's Guys - A celebration of 'Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons'

Stealing TIme

When Only Mellow Will Do

Sun 7 Oct 2018

Presented by Stealing Time, a duo singing and playing laid back tunes - harmonically rich and a delightful sound.

BEE GEE'S Tribute

BEE GEE'S Tribute

Fri 12 Oct 2018

The UK Bee Gees will be performing all The Bee Gees classic pop songs. There will be so many songs that will make you want to get up and get on the dancefloor! There is a free photo booth all night!

80's Night

80's Night

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Join us for our very own 80's night here at the Stadium

The Greatest Showman Tribute

The Greatest Showman Tribute

Tue 23 Oct 2018

The Greatest Showman has taken the world by storm this year! Our very own Tribute to The Greatest Showman has performances of all of your favourite songs from the film and an aerial hoop performance.

Abbeygate Concert Band

WW1 Memorial Concert

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Abbeygate Concert Band WW1 Memorial Concert

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Colchester

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct 2018

Returning for the second year, the world famous Oktoberfest is coming to Colchester.

Halloween Party

Halloween Fancy Dress Party

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Join us for our Halloween Fancy Dress Party. Our resident DJ will be playing spook-tacular hits all night. There will be costume competitions, so make sure you get involved in the Halloween Fun!

Night of the living dead

Jay Stapley's Hootenanny: Night of the Living Dead

Sat 27 Oct 2018

Jay Stapley is renowned for throwing a great party and his Hootenanny nights are exactly that - a GREAT party!

Queen Tribute

Queen Tribute

Fri 2 Nov 2018

This is a very popular evening here at the stadium. Performing hits from every decade of Queen's musical legacy - Queen II truly are champions of tributes.

Show Me Love

Show Me Love: Robin S + more

Sat 3 Nov 2018

Club Classics live at Charer Hall

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1960s Dance with LIVE band 'Words and Music'

Sat 3 Nov 2018

1960s Dance with LIVE band 'Words & Music'

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Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Colchester

Thu 20 - Fri 21 Sep 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme

Don Kipper

Roman River Festival: Don Kipper

Colchester

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

Jack

Roman River Festival: From Your Ever Loving Jack

Colchester

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

Marks Tey Village Hall

Roman River Festival: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Colchester

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Musical kids activity, at Marks Tey Village Hall - part of the Roman River Music Festival.

Bazaar

Bazaar | Art & Food Market

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Art & Food Market in Firstsite

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Adam Walker

Roman River Festival: Adam Walker

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

Ardleigh Open Studios

Ardleigh Open Studios

Colchester

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Sep 2018

Ardleigh Studios were set up three years ago. They provide workspace for over 30 visual artists including painters, sculptors, and designer makers. Open Studios is an opportunity for visitors to meet them and see what they do!

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

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

Drop In workshop

Roman River Festival Drop in Family Workshop

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Families with young children can meet Roman River festival artist Julie Cuthbert

Street Poetry

Roman River Festival: Street Poetry

Colchester

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Sep 2018

A walk through Colchester's streets brought alive by Dorian Kelly and his band of actors.

Colchester in the great war

Colchester 1918: The Countdown to Armistice

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Historical Talk at Red Lion Books

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Steph's Wishes Quiz Night

Mersea Island

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Steph's Wishes charity quiz night.

80&#39;s Party Night

80's Party Night

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Our very own 80's Party Night is the ultimate 80's party. Join the party and dance the night away to those classic hit 80's songs, that we all know and love.

Stargazing

Stargazing

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Join Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society to look at the night sky through large telescopes.

Seckou Keita

Roman River Festival: Seckou Keita

Colchester

Sat 22 Sep 2018

One of the world's leading Kora players and world-wide ambassador for Senega

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

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

Boot Sale

Ardleigh Car Boot Sale

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

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

Birding

Autumn Equinox Bird Day

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

Birding Day at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

Venison sausage rolls from Truly Traceable

Lavenham Farmers Market

Sudbury

Sun 23 Sep 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

Pantomime Horse Derby Day

Pantomime Horse Derby Day

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

Pantomime Horses ( and other animals!) racing up Colchester High Street

Sunday Stroll

Sunday Stroll

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

Regular walk at High Woods Country Park

Baby &amp; Children&#39;s Market

Colchester Baby & Children's Market

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

UK's original and best quality award winning pop-up Baby & Children's Market nearly new sales UK wide that help parents buy, sell and save a fortune on children's and maternity items from birth to 8 years all under one roof!

Nicholas McCarthy

Roman River Festival: Nicholas McCarthy

Colchester

Sun 23 Sep 2018

An unmissable opportunity to hear this remarkable artist in a recital of piano works for one hand,