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

Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Anakadabra

Anakadabra

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Magic at Colchester Arts Centre

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Expect rollicking tunes, videos, and interviews that bring you slap up to date with the struggle for union recognition and a living wage.

Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank - Road to Palmyra

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Seasoned Travel Journalist at the Mercury Theatre

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Wed 27 Feb 2019

LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic.

Lights Planets People

Lights! Planets! People!

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Insightful, moving, funny and inspirational take on the interconnected worlds of women, science and space travel

Warm & Toasty

Warm & Toasty Club

Sun 3 Mar 2019

Sweet live acoustic music, engaging banter and tea & toast at Colchester Art Centre

Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman‘s Noughts and Crosses

Tue 5 - Sat 9 Mar 2019

Young people's performance at the Mercury Theatre

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon

Wed 6 Mar 2019

Man on the Moon is a bruk down journey, through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism, with the use of poetry, looped sounds and story-telling.

Jason Manford

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Thu 7 Mar 2019

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

Unspeakable

Essex Book Festival: UNSPEAKABLE

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Banned Books, Difficult Words and Taboos at Essex University

Orlando

Orlando

Thu 14 Mar 2019

From the award-winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography...

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Firstsite

Essex Book Festival: Place Weekend

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

A weekend of book related talks and activities in Colchester

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis

Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr 2019

Headgate Theatre Productions - The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time. Of vital importance to the development of drama is the appearance of the first actresses upon the English stage....

Lee Mead

Lee Mead - My Story: A Dream That Became A Reality

Fri 5 Apr 2019

West End Stories on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Caroline's Kitchen

Caroline's Kitchen

Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr 2019

Searing Comedy on stage at the Mercury Theatre

The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps

The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps

Thu 11 - Fri 12 Apr 2019

Celebrated poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young (BBC 6 Music, Radio 4, The Wright Stuff) presents his thrilling new family performance.

Ink On The Road

Ink On The Road

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Apr 2019

Back by popular demand INK on the Road returns to The Headgate with a selection of the best new short plays directly from The INK Festival.

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 Skids

The Skids

Sun 24 Feb 2019

1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds.

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Thu 28 Feb 2019

The annual showcase of musical talent from local schools is back!

Chappel Wingter Beer Fest

The 10th Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Mar 2019

Well regarded Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Chorus Iceni

Diva for a Day

Sat 2 Mar 2019

FREE Singing Workshop for Women - a cappella style!

Warm & Toasty

Warm & Toasty Club

Sun 3 Mar 2019

Sweet live acoustic music, engaging banter and tea & toast at Colchester Art Centre

Jon Boden With The Remnant Strings

Jon Boden and The Remnant Strings

Mon 4 Mar 2019

Jon Boden "Ambitious, genre-busting folk" - The Guardian

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Tue 5 Mar 2019

Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world, Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius, have joined forces for an unforgettable live show. They bring with them a unique legacy in European jazz

International Womens Day

International Women's Day Gig

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Female Led Line Up at The Three Wise Monkeys

Example

Example

Fri 8 Mar 2019

ATIK Fridays ft. Example

Telepathy

Telepathy + Made Of Teeth + Tuskar + Three Thrones

Sat 9 Mar 2019

Heavy Metal on the top floor at The Three Wise Monkeys

Big Country

Big Country

Sat 9 Mar 2019

Big Country, originally formed in 1981, have been driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric and now have a promise of a new era dawning for the band.

ReFloyd Logo

Re-Floyd. A tribute Show

Sat 9 Mar 2019

Fans of Pink Floyd will absolutely adore this band. Covering songs from all of Floyd's hit albums with pinpoint accuracy and outstanding vocals, this is a band not to be missed.

Ain't Misbehavin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fri 15 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

The Fats Waller musical on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie

Thu 21 Mar 2019

'Rockgrass' performance at Colchester Arts Centre

Lee Scratch Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.

UB40

UB40 - 40th Anniversary Tour - For The Many

Tue 14 May 2019

Reggae legends at Colchester's Charter Hall

Paul Young

Paul Young: 35 Years of 'No Parlez'

Sat 1 Jun 2019

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young, Live at Charter Hall

Craig David

Craig David LIVE in Castle Park

Sun 2 Jun 2019

Craig David performs live in Colchester's Castle Park

What's On in Colchester

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Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Colchester

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Winter Beer Festival

Winter Beer Festival

Colchester

Thu 21 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

Beer Festival at Three Wise Monkeys

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Colchester's parkrun takes place in the town's iconic Castle Park.

Optics Day

Optics Day

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Come along to Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre and let our friendly Optics Team help and advise you.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Anakadabra

Anakadabra

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Magic at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Carlisle United

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

League 2 fixture at the Jobserve Community Stadium

Wivenhoe Town

Wivenhoe Town v Coggeshall United

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Non-league football, in the Eastern Counties Football League

Stargazing

Stargazing

Colchester

Sat 23 Feb 2019

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

The Skids

The Skids

Colchester

Sun 24 Feb 2019

1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds.

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

Colchester

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Ronnie tries to reconnect members of the audience with their friends and loved ones in the spirit world, and passes on messages and information generally only significant to the recipients. Sceptical? Come and see for yourself!

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Colchester

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Colchester

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Colchester

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Expect rollicking tunes, videos, and interviews that bring you slap up to date with the struggle for union recognition and a living wage.

Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank - Road to Palmyra

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Seasoned Travel Journalist at the Mercury Theatre

Birkett Long Millennium Walk

Winter Warmer Lunch - 27th February

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

We are opening for Winter Warmer Lunch on the 27th February. You can enjoy a delicious meal in the cosy surroundings of our traditional Essex barn. Guests will enjoy exclusive access to our stunning Arboretum for a brisk Winter walk.

Hidden Harm: Know our story

Hidden Harm: Know our story

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

The Children’s Society ‘CHHAT’ project host a pop-up exhibition.

Glass Easter Egg Workshop

Glass Easter Eggs Workshop

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Want to try something new this Easter? We are holding three workshops to make your own hanging glass Easter Egg! You will be able to treasure it forever.

Romeo and Juliet at the Headgate Theatre

Miss Rosie Sings the Divas

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Headgate Jazz - Steve Wright

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Molly Naylor: Lights! Planets! People!

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

LIGHTS! PLANETS! PEOPLE! is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic.

Lights Planets People

Lights! Planets! People!

Colchester

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Insightful, moving, funny and inspirational take on the interconnected worlds of women, science and space travel

Adrian Brendel

Roman River Music Presents Adrian Brendel & Noam G

Colchester

Thu 28 Feb 2019

Roman River Music @ the Mercury concert series of world-class musicians continues with the masterful cellist Adrian Brendel and international pianist Noam Greenberg

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Colchester

Thu 28 Feb 2019

The annual showcase of musical talent from local schools is back!