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

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

Thu 19 - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Ancient artefacts are disappearing from museums and private collections all over Europe. But why?

Lipsink

The Lipsinkers Christmas Special

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Widdershins

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny

Sun 22 - Tue 31 Dec 2019

Christmas Kids Show at Colchester Arts Centre

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol By Candlelight

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

The Classic Christmas Tale - at Colchester Arts Centre

Magnificat - Bach/Vivaldi

Colchester Chamber Choir - Magnificat Bach/Vivaldi

Sat 18 Jan 2020

10th Anniversary Concert – Magnificat Bach/Vivaldi A candlelit performance of two celebrated baroque Magnificats together with other great works by Bach and Vivaldi with period instruments. Complimentary refreshments.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 20 Jan 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Milton Impossible

Milton Impossible

Fri 24 Jan 2020

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 3 Feb 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

The Circus Of Horrors

The Circus Of Horrors - 25th Anniversary Tour

Sat 15 Feb 2020

The new Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape.

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 17 Feb 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon - Songs and Stories

Wed 26 Feb 2020

Join celebrated comedian, singer, actor, presenter and impressionist – the brilliantly talented ROB BRYDON, for a very special evening of toe-tapping tunes and side-splitting laughter!

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 2 Mar 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 16 Mar 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 30 Mar 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Thu 16 Apr 2020

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 27 Apr 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

Sat 2 May 2020

Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 11 May 2020

A wonderfully positive FREE afternoon for people over 60 at Colchester Arts Centre

Mark Billingham

An Audience with Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham

Fri 15 May 2020

MARK BILLY BILLINGHAM is TV’s most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and sniper. Billy is a former SAS Sergeant Major Class 1 and Bodyguard to the Stars including Brad Pitt, Angelena Jolie and Russell Crowe.

Live Milkshake

Live Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Sat 30 May 2020

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

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

Christmas Party Night

Christmas Party Night

Fri 29 Nov - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Join us for our Christmas Party's at Colchester United Football Stadium. Enjoy a 3 course meal followed by a DJ. Perfect for your work Christmas do or join us with family and friends. i

McCarthy and Stone welcome guests to Lancer House

Colchester Cancer Choir perform at Lancer House

Mon 16 Dec 2019

Residents at McCarthy and Stone’s Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development on Butt Road in Colchester are inviting locals to join them in getting into the Christmas spirit, with a live performance by the Colchester Cancer choir.

Crissy Lee

Crissy Lee Quintet

Wed 18 Dec 2019

One of the UK's most experienced female drummers and tutors, Crissy appears with her special guest singer/saxophonist, Alec Pitman.

Christmas Party Night 2019

Glitter Ball Christmas Party Night

Thu 19 Dec 2019

Celebrate in style this Christmas at the Town Hall’s ‘Glitter Ball’, ideal for your office party and team night out.

Lipsink

The Lipsinkers Christmas Special

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve with Phil Jacksons Rock N Roll Band

Tue 31 Dec 2019

Celebrate the New Year in style with your friends and family here at Colchester United Football Club!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 11 Jan 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Prettiest Starman

The Prettiest Starman 2020 Show

Sat 11 Jan 2020

David Bowie tribute at Colchester Arts Centre

Luther

Luther

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 8 Feb 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Romeo and Juliet at the Headgate Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Mon 24 - Sat 29 Feb 2020

Protocol are back at the Headgate. Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flair.

Out Of Space

Out Of Space Presents 90s Dance Anthems

Fri 28 Feb 2020

Out of Space is a night dedicated to the best 90’s Dance Anthems.

Out Of Space

Out Of Space Presents 90s Dance Anthems

Sun 1 Mar 2020

Out of Space is a night dedicated to the best 90’s Dance Anthems.

Live With The Femmes

Live! With the Femmes

Sun 8 Mar 2020

Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940’s with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist!

UCC Musical Theatre

Performance Platform w/ Harmonics Vocal Ensemble

Mon 9 Mar 2020

Students from the University Centre Colchester degree course present a varied programme of musical theatre numbers.

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Mar 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp’s Back to the 80’s Party

Fri 3 Apr 2020

Dig out those 80`s clothes, grab your dancing shoes, and prepare to enjoy a night of pure ‘Gold’ and Yes fancy dress is encouraged!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 11 Apr 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

Sat 2 May 2020

Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 9 May 2020

SlackFolk presents a platform for acoustic solo artists, bands and poets to showcase their material and offers everybody a chance to escape the chores of Saturday afternoon and to hear some great local acoustic music and poetry.

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McCarthy and Stone welcome guests to Lancer House

Colchester Cancer Choir perform at Lancer House

Colchester

Mon 16 Dec 2019

Residents at McCarthy and Stone’s Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development on Butt Road in Colchester are inviting locals to join them in getting into the Christmas spirit, with a live performance by the Colchester Cancer choir.

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham

Colchester

Mon 16 Dec 2019

If you're not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide?

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Wed 18 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

 Scrooge & Scratchitt, Festive Tea & Tales

Scrooge & Scratchitt, Festive Tea & Tales

Colchester

Wed 18 Dec 2019

A Costumed Christmas Tour at Wivenhoe House

Crissy Lee

Crissy Lee Quintet

Colchester

Wed 18 Dec 2019

One of the UK's most experienced female drummers and tutors, Crissy appears with her special guest singer/saxophonist, Alec Pitman.

Christmas Party Night 2019

Glitter Ball Christmas Party Night

Colchester

Thu 19 Dec 2019

Celebrate in style this Christmas at the Town Hall’s ‘Glitter Ball’, ideal for your office party and team night out.

carol service

Carol Service @ St Leonard-at-the-Hythe

Colchester

Thu 19 Dec 2019

Traditional Christmas Carols plus a Christmas Memory Tree. Fill your heart with festive spirit in one of Colchester's historic churches.

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel

Colchester

Thu 19 - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Ancient artefacts are disappearing from museums and private collections all over Europe. But why?

Santa in the Castle

Celebrate Christmas At The Castle With Santa

Colchester

Fri 20 - Mon 23 Dec 2019

Santa visits Colchester Castle

Lipsink

The Lipsinkers Christmas Special

Colchester

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

Bazaar

Bazaar

Colchester

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Firstsite's monthly art & craft market

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair in the Square

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019

Christmas Fairs in Culver Square

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 21 Dec 2019

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

Wivenhoe Market

Wivenhoe Market

Colchester

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Village Market in Wivenhoe

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019

Thomas and Friends appear at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Snowy Lake

Winter Wander and Christmas Lunch

Colchester

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Get out for some fresh air with a winter birdwatching wander around the reserve with our expert guide Liz

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

Colchester United Crest

Colchester United v Carlisle United

Colchester

Sat 21 Dec 2019

League 2 Football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Breakfast with Santa

North Pole Breakfast with Santa

Colchester

Sun 22 Dec 2019

Treat your child to something very special this Christmas! On the 22nd December, Santa himself will be telling a story about one of his North Pole adventures! This theatrical performance will take place as part of Breakfast with Santa

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol By Candlelight

Colchester

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

The Classic Christmas Tale - at Colchester Arts Centre

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre