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

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

All Hail Macbeth

Packing Shed Theatre: All Hail Macbeth

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre in Tymperley's Gardens

All Hail Macbeth

All Hail Macbeth

Tue 21 - Sat 25 Aug 2018

A new twist on William Shakespeare's Macbeth in picturesque gardens in the centre of Colchester

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

Roman River Festival: From Your Ever Loving Jack

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

Frankie's Guys logo

Frankie's Guys

Sat 6 Oct 2018

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

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

90's Party Night

90's Night

Fri 24 Aug 2018

Come down the stadium to join our 90's Duo performing all the massive hits of the 90's well into the night!

Dedham Vale Vineyard Festival

Dedham Vale Cider & Wine Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

Family Festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Elvis Tribute

Elvis Tribute

Sat 25 Aug 2018

Join us at the stadium for our very own Elvis Tribute with Mark Summers

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.

Jersey Boys Tribute

Jersey Boys

Fri 31 Aug 2018

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Ford Driving Skills for Life

Ford Driving Skills for Life

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Ford has teamed up with the AA, RoSPA and BRAKE to bring you FREE* hands-on driver training. Coming to Colchester for the first time ever 1st and 2nd September at the Jobserve Community Stadium. Sign up now! www.forddsfl.co.uk/

ABBA Tribute

ABBA Tribute

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Join us for our very own Abba Tribute night here at the stadium.

Ford Driving Skills for Life

Ford Driving Skills for Life

Sun 2 Sep 2018

Ford has teamed up with the AA, RoSPA and BRAKE to bring you FREE* hands-on driver training. Coming to Colchester for the first time ever 1st and 2nd September at the Jobserve Community Stadium. Sign up now! www.forddsfl.co.uk/

A Brief History of Jazz

A Brief History of Jazz with Paul Higgs

Thu 6 Sep 2018

An entertaining evening of jazz with Paul Higgs and his band

Beyonce Tribute

Beyonce Tribute

Fri 7 Sep 2018

A tribute dedicated to one of the world’s most iconic female singers! Come and ‘Listen’ to all of her hits, they will have you dancing ‘All Night!’ There is a free photo booth all night!

Sinatra for web

Ian Gallagher's CLASSIC SINATRA

Sat 8 Sep 2018

Frank Sinatra tribute act.

Mo Town Tribute

Mo Town Tribute

Sat 8 Sep 2018

If you are big fan of the Mo Town classics, our Mo Town duo is for you! Come down with all of your friends and enjoy the free photo booth all night!

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

Luther Vandross Tribute

Luther Vandross Tribute

Fri 14 Sep 2018

Fil Straughan as Luther Vandross has performed at the Stadium on multiple occasions and has never disappointed! He is a fantastic act and entertainer who will be sure to get you up and dancing.

Oasis Tribute

Oasis Tribute

Fri 14 Sep 2018

Oasiz are a massively popular, unique tribute to the fantastic rock band Oasis. They recreate the complete Oasis live gig experience with amazing accuracy and energy that raises the roof!

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!

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties (Rhapsody in Blue)

Thu 20 Sep 2018

Roman River Festival begins, at the Mercury Theatre

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

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Archery at the Mersea Island Festival

Mersea Island Festival

Mersea Island

Sun 19 - Fri 24 Aug 2018

The Mersea Island Festival is an inclusive activity break for those with and without a disability offering a wide range of activities including archery, assisted climbing, art and craft and live entertainment.

Hollytrees

Animated Illusions

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

Fenwick Colchester

Construction Competition

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Let your imagination run wild! Create a construction of your choice and you could win a fantastic K'nex prize worth over £50.

All Hail Macbeth

Packing Shed Theatre: All Hail Macbeth

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre in Tymperley's Gardens

ACL Family Learning

Play with Playdough; ACL Family Learning

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

ACL Colchester event

Cardboard Sculptures

Summer C-Net: Seabirds

Clacton-on-Sea

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Free Creative Summer Holiday workshops for young people (8-16 yrs).

Wildlife Fair August 2018

Wildlife Fair

Colchester

Tue 21 - Wed 22 Aug 2018

Wildlife-filled day for families at the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens

Picnic and Play at Cudmore Grove Country Park

Picnic and Play at Cudmore Grove

Mersea Island

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Picnic and Play at Cudmore Grove Country Park

ACL Family Learning

Storysacks, Early Reading without Words; ACL

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

ACL Colchester event

Trampolining

Trampolining

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Whether you are a bouncing beginner or an advanced acrobat, this coaching session is for mixed ability.

Trampolining

Trampolining (age 11-16years)

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Whether you are a bouncing beginner or an advanced acrobat, this coaching session is for mixed ability. For children 11-16years old.

All Hail Macbeth

All Hail Macbeth

Colchester

Tue 21 - Sat 25 Aug 2018

A new twist on William Shakespeare's Macbeth in picturesque gardens in the centre of Colchester

The Comedy Club on the Road

The Comedy Club on the Road

Colchester

Tue 21 Aug 2018

The Official Comedy Club Celebrates bringing ‘Laughter to Life’ for 22 years at The Mercury Theatre Colchester.

Natural History Museum

Go Live

Colchester

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Childrens activity at the Natural History Museum

Stream Studies

Stream Studies and Craft building

Colchester

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Children's Activity at High Woods Country Park

Codebreakers escape room activity at EARM

Codebreakers Escape Room

Colchester

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Gather a group of friends, family or work colleagues to help the intelligence agency retrieve a secret file and ‘Escape the Room’. You have one hour… will you locate the “Chappel Dossier” in time?

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Wed 22 Aug 2018

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

Farm Tours

Tiptree Farm Tours

Colchester

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Tractor Tours around Tiptree Fruit Farm

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Colchester

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre at Coggeshall Grange Barn

Clacton Airshow

Clacton Airshow

Clacton-on-Sea

Thu 23 - Fri 24 Aug 2018

A two day event, showcasing spectacular flights, as well as twilight flights on the Thursday evening.

Colchester Castle

Roman Explorers: CSI Ancestors

Colchester

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Family activities in Colchester Castle

AHF Over 5's Drop Off Day - Forest School

Forest School Over 5 Drop Off

Colchester

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Summer Holiday Forest School at Abbotts Hall Farm. Make dens, woodland crafts, light fires and learn about wildlife. Forest School is a child led process facilitated by Forest School trained leaders

Climbing

Climbing

Colchester

Thu 23 Aug 2018

This fun session is for children aged 8-16yrs and is a great way to get your kids involved in climbing. The focus is on having fun and do as much climbing as possible.

Fenwick Colchester

Friday Flicks

Colchester

Fri 24 Aug 2018

Childrens Film Screenings at Fenwick Colchester