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

Here Come The Girls

Here Come The Girls

Sat 22 Jun 2019

An all new show ‘Here Come The Girls’ brings an exciting mix of individual performances and group numbers with their supporting dance partners.

Abbotts Hall Farm Outdoor Theatre

Wuthering Heights - Outdoor Theatre

Sat 29 Jun 2019

This summer join us on the lawn at Abbotts Hall Farm for the Heartbreak Productions of Wuthering Heights.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 6 Jul 2019

Outdoor performance of the Roald Dahl Classic

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 13 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at the Whalebone Inn

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sun 14 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at St Mary's Church, Wivenhoe

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sat 27 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Fantastic Mr Fox

Outdoor Theatre: Fantastic Mr Fox

Sun 28 Jul 2019

Outdoor Theatre in the Minories Gardens

Alice in Wonderland at Marks Hall Estate

Alice in Wonderland

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life before having the

The Gift

The Gift

Tue 3 - Sat 14 Sep 2019

Packing Shed Theatre Company present a new promenade play based on the real life events surrounding the restoration of Colchester Castle in Georgian times.

Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Wed 11 Sep 2019

Outdoor Play - Much Ado About Nothing

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019

Wed 9 Oct 2019

Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Fri 18 Oct 2019

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian at Charter Hall

Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Travel Stories at Colchester's Charter Hall

Ben Elton

Ben Elton - Live 2019

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Henning Wehn

Henning Wehn: Get On With It

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Sat 30 Nov 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne - If I'm Honest

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Thu 16 Apr 2020

Stand Up Comedy at 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

Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch's Big Sexy Noise + Nothing. Existed

Tue 18 Jun 2019

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

From The Jam

From The Jam

Fri 21 Jun 2019

Forme Jam members at Colchester Arts Centre

Here Come The Girls

Here Come The Girls

Sat 22 Jun 2019

An all new show ‘Here Come The Girls’ brings an exciting mix of individual performances and group numbers with their supporting dance partners.

Colchester Pride

Colchester Pride 2019

Sat 29 Jun 2019

A fully accessible, inclusive, family friendly day celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Colchester and beyond

Sir Tom Jones

Tom Jones - Live in Castle Park

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Sir Tom Jones brings his band to Colchester's Castle Park.

Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears

Sun 28 Jul 2019

The iconic duo play Colchester's Castle Park.

The Nearly Festival

The Nearly Festival

Sat 3 - Sun 4 Aug 2019

Tribute Band Festival at the Old Heath Recreation Ground

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

What's On in Colchester

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UCC End Of Year Show

Colchester School of Art, Summer Exhibition 2019

Colchester

Thu 13 - Mon 17 Jun 2019

End of Year Exhibition showcasing the work of local students at Colchester Institute

"Time Stood Still" UK Tour

“Time Stood Still” UK Tour

Colchester

Mon 17 Jun 2019

“Cinematic, Orchestral Pop” is a phrase not used frequently by bands to describe their sound, yet for The Ollie West Band this fits perfectly.

Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch's Big Sexy Noise + Nothing. Existed

Colchester

Tue 18 Jun 2019

Music at Colchester Arts Centre

Ladybirders

Ladybirders

Colchester

Wed 19 Jun 2019

Join our Expert guide Liz in this friendly group aimed at ladies who would like to learn or improve their birding knowledge

Binoculars

Optics Day

Colchester

Thu 20 Jun 2019

Wanting to buy your first pair of binoculars or thinking of upgrading?

As We Forgive Those

As We Forgive Those

Colchester

Thu 20 - Fri 21 Jun 2019

As We Forgive Those tells the story of two estranged sisters, Alex and Sophie, who meet again in unusual circumstances.

From The Jam

From The Jam

Colchester

Fri 21 Jun 2019

Forme Jam members at Colchester Arts Centre

En Plein Air Painting

Paint Out Day

Dedham

Fri 21 Jun 2019

Plein Air Painting Day with the National Trust

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 21 - Sat 22 Jun 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

80's Party Night

80's Party Night

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Our ever so popular 80's night is back on the 22nd June!

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

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

Records

Colchester Record Fair

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Record Fair in Firstsite

Rowhedge Regatta

Rowhedge Regatta

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Regata Day at Rowhedge

Suffolk Day - Sudbury

Suffolk Day - Sudbury

Sudbury

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Sudbury will be extending their existing market with their regular traders and additional local businesses. There will also be live music, tea and cake with the Mayor, local artists will be painting and a free kids colouring station.

Mount Bures

Mount Bures Flower Festival

Colchester

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019

Flower displays, Open Gardens, Archery & More and Mount Bures Church

Planet Essex!

Planet Essex

Braintree

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Essex's first major green festival - Planet Essex!

Summer craft fair

Summer craft fair

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Summer craft fair exhibiting handmade crafts at Colchester's Town Hall

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Tudor Midsummer 1588 Re-creation

Tudor Midsummer 1588 Re-creation

Sudbury

Sat 22 - Mon 24 Jun 2019

Kentwell’s Tudor Midsummer Re-creation takes you back through the “time tunnel” and transports you into Tudor England 1588.

Balkerne Gate

Guided Walk : Walking the Walls

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Here Come The Girls

Here Come The Girls

Colchester

Sat 22 Jun 2019

An all new show ‘Here Come The Girls’ brings an exciting mix of individual performances and group numbers with their supporting dance partners.

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: Essex Concert Band

Colchester

Sun 23 Jun 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Poster Dedham Art Society

Dedham Art Society Summer Exhibition

Dedham

Sun 23 - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Art Exhibition supporting Dedham Therapy Farm and showing paintings by Dedham Primary School as well Members of Dedham Art Society.

Vintage Fair

Hedingham Vintage Fair

Halstead

Sun 23 Jun 2019

Join us at Hedingham as the Vintage Fair returns to the Castle! Expect vintage music, jive dancing, vintage stalls, military vehicles, loads to eat and even a Gin bar!