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

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

Prince Revelation

The Prince Revelation

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Tribute to Prince at the Mercury Theatre

The Westenders

The Westenders

Wed 13 Jun 2018

The World's Greatest Musicals at the Mercury Theatre

Money For Nothing

Money For Nothing

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Dire Straits Tribute at the Mercury Theatre

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Jun 2018

Children's Theatre 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

Big Sunday

Big Sunday

Sun 8 Jul 2018

A town-wide free festival of music, dance, food and more.

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

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wed 29 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

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

The Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers

Tue 22 May 2018

Popular indie rock band at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Alma, Copford

Colchester Morris Men

Fri 25 May 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Alma, Copford

Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric

Fri 25 May 2018

Theres more to Wreckless Eric than his hit whole wide world.

Greystock

Greystock Music Festival

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Music Festival in Wivenhoe

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage World

Sat 26 May 2018

Vintage Fair in The Minories Art Gallery

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Hugh Rainey's Jazz Band

Sun 27 May 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Abbeygate Concert Band

Sun 27 May 2018

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

Hospital Radio Funday

Hospital Radio Colchester Fun Day

Mon 28 May 2018

Family Fair in Castle Park

Pop Divas

Pop Divas Live

Thu 31 May 2018

Pop tribute for kids at the Mercury Theatre

Bob Dylan Story

The Bob Dylan Story

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Bob Dylan tribute at the Mercury Theatre

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Swan, Little To

Colchester Morris Men

Fri 1 Jun 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Swan, Little Totham

Soul Kitchen

An Evening with Soul Kitchen

Sat 2 Jun 2018

A fun evening of soul, disco and two-tone classics at Abberton Reservoir with Soul Kitchen and Essex Wildlife Trust

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Bob Dwyer's Bix and Pieces

Sun 3 Jun 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

SlackFolk

SlackFolk

Sat 9 Jun 2018

Featuring Gwendal Moele & Paul Riley, Elderberries. The Hardy Perennials, Richard Brazear and J S Watts

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Rico's Hot Rhythm

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall

Pipes In The Park

Pipes In The Park

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Scottish Fair in Castle Park

Prince Revelation

The Prince Revelation

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Tribute to Prince at the Mercury Theatre

The Westenders

The Westenders

Wed 13 Jun 2018

The World's Greatest Musicals at the Mercury Theatre

Money For Nothing

Money For Nothing

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Dire Straits Tribute at the Mercury Theatre

Steps

Steps + Blue

Sat 16 Jun 2018

90s Pop Legends live in Castle Park

What's On in Colchester

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Be All and End All

The Be all and End all

Colchester

Tue 22 - Sat 26 May 2018

Drama at the Mercury Theatre

FOCM

Digging in Colchester - Phillip Crummy

Colchester

Tue 22 May 2018

Local History talk at Lion Walk Church

The Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers

Colchester

Tue 22 May 2018

Popular indie rock band at Colchester Arts Centre

St Mary's Church

Stoke-by-Nayland Art Exhibition

Colchester

Wed 23 - Tue 29 May 2018

Annual Art Exhibition in Stoke-By-Nayland

The Foreigner

The Foreigner

Colchester

Wed 23 - Sat 26 May 2018

An hilarious farce from Larry Shue

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Colchester

Thu 24 - Fri 25 May 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme

POP 2018 Banner

Producing on Purpose 2018 - Colchester

Colchester

Thu 24 May 2018

‘POP’ is ETK's roadshow. We'll be sharing successful experiences that our clients have had in their chosen markets. Get creative, innovative & strategic ideas for your products & service to make them market ready with ETK at this event.

Ginlicious Colchester Gin Festival

Ginlicious Gin & Champagne Festival

Colchester

Fri 25 - Sat 26 May 2018

Gin Festival in Colchester Town Hall

Fruit and Vegetables

Sudbury Farmers Market

Sudbury

Fri 25 May 2018

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

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Alma, Copford

Colchester Morris Men

Colchester

Fri 25 May 2018

Colchester Morris Men dance at The Alma, Copford

Wreckless Eric

Wreckless Eric

Colchester

Fri 25 May 2018

Theres more to Wreckless Eric than his hit whole wide world.

Bazaar

Bazaar | Art & Food Market

Colchester

Sat 26 May 2018

Art & Food Market in Firstsite

Greystock

Greystock Music Festival

Colchester

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Music Festival in Wivenhoe

Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Mersea Island

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Food & Drink Festival on Mersea Island

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 26 May 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 26 May 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage World

Colchester

Sat 26 May 2018

Vintage Fair in The Minories Art Gallery

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

Clacton-on-Sea

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Family Activity at Jaywick Martello Tower

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 26 May 2018

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

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival

Mersea Island

Sat 26 - Sun 27 May 2018

Savour the Flavour of Island Life! Grand Draw for your chance to win £250!

Tiptree Farm Tours

Guided Tractor Tour of Tiptree Fruit Farms

Colchester

Sat 26 May 2018

Tour of the farms at Tiptree Jam Factory

Boxted Airfield

Boxted Airfield Museum Open Day

Colchester

Sun 27 May 2018

Boxted Airfield museum opens to the public

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell

Colchester

Sun 27 May 2018

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

Jazz Club

Colchester Jazz Club: Hugh Rainey's Jazz Band

Colchester

Sun 27 May 2018

Weekly Jazz Club at Marks Tey Parish Hall