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

NT Live: The Madness of King Geore III

NT Live: The Madness of King George III

Tue 20 Nov 2018

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.

James Phelan

James Phelan: Trickster

Thu 22 Nov 2018

Magic at Colchester Arts Centre

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag

Thu 22 Nov 2018

This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity… and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

Fri 23 Nov 2018

The Comedy Store presents...

Jack And The Beanstalk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Sat 24 Nov 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019

The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe: Lads, Lads, Lads

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Into the Punset

Stewart Fancis: Into the Punset

Sun 25 Nov 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Just Us Two

Just Us Two

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Nov 2018

Hannah and Daniel are trying their best to make their relationship work. However, when a dark secret of their relationship is brought to light by a mysterious stranger, the relationship then hangs imminently by a single thread.

What If I Told You

Wonderful Wednesdays: What If I Told You

Wed 28 Nov 2018

Theatre & Dance at Colchester Arts Centre

Geoff Norcott

Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Tue 4 - Wed 5 Dec 2018

A writer puts some words onto paper and a character is born. All he knows about himself is that he is not real and this is a play.

NT Live: Antony and Cleopatra

NT Live: Antony and Cleopatra

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Teashop

Terrifying Tales From the Tea Shop

Wed 12 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Festive Ghost stories, upstairs in Jacqueline's Tea Room

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

The Scarlet Pipistrelle

Thu 20 - Sat 22 Dec 2018

Common Ground Theatre Company present their Christmas show The Scarlet Pipistrelle

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Candlelight

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Rediscover this Dickensian tale at Colchester Arts Centre

THEATRE OF WIDDERSHINS: SNOW WHITE, ROSE RED, BEAR

Snow White, Rose Red, Brown Bear

Sun 23 - Mon 31 Dec 2018

After the huge success of Rapunzel, Theatre of Widdershins is back with a brilliant fairy tale adventure for kids aged 4 to 104

Jason Manford

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Thu 7 Mar 2019

Jason Manford's nationwide tour comes to Colchester's Charter Hall

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

Party Anthems

Mariah Carey Tribute and Party Anthems

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Mariah Carey Tribute & Party Anthems Come and enjoy our Mariah Carey tribute performing all of Mariah's greatest hits topped with the best party anthems! There's a FREE photobooth all night too!

Belshazzar's Feast Photo Sarah J Dow

Belshazzar's Feast 'Two Wise Men' Christmas Tour

Mon 10 Dec 2018

On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour

Blockheads

The Blockheads

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Dec 2018

The classic English Rock & Roll group play two nights at Colchester Arts Centre

O'Hooley & Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow 'Winterfolk'

Fri 14 Dec 2018

BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2018 ‘BEST DUO’ NOMINEES

New Town Kings

TWM 4th Birthday! New Town Kings + support

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Birthday celebrations at Three Wise Monkeys

Peanuts

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Music of Vince Guaraldi

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Nostalgic Christmas Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

John Cooper Clarke

Christmas Poetry Bash w/ John Cooper Clarke + more

Sat 22 Dec 2018

The annual festive bout of local poetry heroes at Colchester Arts Centre

Victoria Inn

Guilty Pleasures Xmas Disco

Sun 23 Dec 2018

Guilty Pleasures Xmas Disco

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NT Live: The Madness of King Geore III

NT Live: The Madness of King George III

Colchester

Tue 20 Nov 2018

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.

Winterlights

Winterlights

Brightlingsea

Wed 21 - Fri 23 Nov 2018

A collection of unique and original gifts and art work from local artists, designers and crafters

Ampersand Brewery

Ampersand Brewery Takeover

Colchester

Thu 22 - Sun 25 Nov 2018

Brewery Takeover at the Old New Inn

James Phelan

James Phelan: Trickster

Colchester

Thu 22 Nov 2018

Magic at Colchester Arts Centre

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag

Colchester

Thu 22 Nov 2018

This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity… and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

Friday Health Walk

Friday Health Walk

Colchester

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Regular walk at High Woods Country Park

Sudbury Christmas Fair and Light Switch On

Sudbury Christmas Fair & Light Switch On

Sudbury

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Sudbury is to hold its annual Christmas Fair on Friday 23rd November starting at 5 pm with the Christmas Lights being officially switched on at 6.30 pm, by the Town Mayor of Sudbury, Councillor Sue Ayres.

Winterlights

Winterlights

Brightlingsea

Fri 23 Nov 2018

A collection of unique and original gifts and art work from local artists, designers and crafters

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

Colchester

Fri 23 Nov 2018

The Comedy Store presents...

Medieval Knights

Colchester Medieval Feast

Colchester

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Join Lepra for an authentic medieval feast, with laughter and entertainment, including music from "The Colchester Waits", plus a very special celebrity singer! Let our delicious menu transport you back in time to medieval Colchester.

Party Anthems

Mariah Carey Tribute and Party Anthems

Colchester

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Mariah Carey Tribute & Party Anthems Come and enjoy our Mariah Carey tribute performing all of Mariah's greatest hits topped with the best party anthems! There's a FREE photobooth all night too!

Ryan Gooding - an evening of Psychic and mediumshi

Ryan Gooding - an evening of Psychic and mediumshi

Colchester

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Tickets £18.50 each, includes a drink and refreshments on arrival. Doors open 18.30 for a prompt 19.30 start, due to finish 22.00 approx.

Bazaar

Bazaar | Art & Food Market

Colchester

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Art & Food Market in Firstsite

Starlight Nights

Christmas Starlight Nights

Colchester

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Festive fun at Colchester Zoo

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Park Run

Mersea Island Parkrun Superhero themed 100th event

Mersea Island

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe: Lads, Lads, Lads

Colchester

Sat 24 Nov 2018

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Children&#39;s Christmas crafts

Beth Chatto Christmas Fayre

Colchester

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov 2018

Traditional Christmas Fayre in the grounds of the world renowned Beth Chatto Gardens just outside Colchester.

Robin

Green Christmas Weekends

Manningtree

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov 2018

In conjunction with the National Trusts 'Victorian Christmas' program, the RSPB will be running some seasonal family activities and volunteer crafts to bring seasonal cheer and celebrate all things natural this Christmas!

Coggeshall Christmas

Coggeshall Christmas

Colchester

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov 2018

A traditional tudor Christmas at Paycocke's House

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 24 Nov 2018

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

Winterlights

Winterlights

Brightlingsea

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov 2018

A collection of unique and original gifts and art work from local artists, designers and crafters

Colchester United Logo

Colchester United v Exeter City

Colchester

Sat 24 Nov 2018

League 2 Fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Armistice Centenary Dinner

Armistice Centenary Dinner 2018

Colchester

Sat 24 Nov 2018

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity East Anglia will be holding a commemorative dinner night with music and a guest speaker to mark 100 years since the Armistice and end of the First World War.