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

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.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Fri 6 - Sat 7 Sep 2019

The Dashwood sisters have very different approaches to their love lives. Elinor has much more sense, but Marianne has a great deal of sensibility

The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour by Jonathan Goodwin

Mon 9 Sep 2019

Montague Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror!

Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Wed 11 Sep 2019

Outdoor Play - Much Ado About Nothing

Shot from Manilow

Manilow: A Celebration of Barry Manilow

Sun 15 Sep 2019

A talented performer, incredible live band and stunning backing vocalists will celebrate the timeless songs and melodies of Barry Manilow himself.

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

Sun 15 Sep 2019

For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz.

A Sidecar Named Despair

A Sidecar Named Despair

Tue 17 - Thu 19 Sep 2019

Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

Kinks UK

Kinks UK

Fri 20 Sep 2019

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ...

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Food Wars

Eastern Angles presents Food Wars

Fri 27 Sep 2019

Two plays in one night explore the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. Discover how you would have coped with the Great British Bake Off during First World War, with the perils of rationing and potato flour!

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written....

John Finnemore

John Finnemores Flying Visit

Sat 28 Sep 2019

John Finnemore, writer and star of the multi-award winning BBC Radio shows “John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme”, “Cabin Pressure” and “John Finnemore’s Double Acts” brings his new live show to the stage!

The Vicar of Dibley

The Vicar of Dibley

Tue 1 - Sat 5 Oct 2019

Based quite faithfully on episodes from the first two series of The Vicar of Dibley we meet all the wonderful characters that made up the parish that Geraldine Grainger descended on.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour 2019

Wed 9 Oct 2019

Comedy at Colchester's Charter Hall

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE.

Wed 9 - Sat 12 Oct 2019

Funny, dark and unforgettable, expect the unexpected! Contains strong language and adult themes.

Radiant Vermin

Radiant Vermin

Mon 14 - Sat 19 Oct 2019

A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, Radiant Vermin is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality.

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Fri 18 Oct 2019

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian at Charter Hall

The Affair

THE AFFAIR

Thu 24 Oct 2019

A hilarious and uplifting new play about relationships, with all the ingredients of a great comedy... clown, bouffon, vaudeville and slapstick!

Simon Reeve

An Audience with Simon Reeve

Fri 25 Oct 2019

Travel Stories at Colchester's Charter Hall

Memories Are Made of This

Memories Are Made of This

Sat 26 Oct 2019

'Re-live the early music of Cliff, The Shadows and many others as we take a nostalgic trip back to the fabulous sounds of a golden era'

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

Wine & Cider Festival

Wine & Cider Festival 2019

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Aug 2019

Family friendly wine and cider festival with live music and camping

The ‘In’ Crowd: Jazz In The Swinging 60’s

The ‘In’ Crowd: Jazz In The Swinging 60’s

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis.

Morris Men

Morris Men Dancing - The Ale House

Fri 30 Aug 2019

Meet the Morris men

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Sep 2019

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.

Shot from Manilow

Manilow: A Celebration of Barry Manilow

Sun 15 Sep 2019

A talented performer, incredible live band and stunning backing vocalists will celebrate the timeless songs and melodies of Barry Manilow himself.

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

Paul Higgs: 'Pavane'

Sun 15 Sep 2019

For this year's Roman River Music Festival, we welcome back trumpeter Paul Higgs, whose original compositions for 'Pavane' blur the boundaries between classical and jazz.

Kinks UK

Kinks UK

Fri 20 Sep 2019

For one night only, this first-rate band will bring to life the sounds of Britpop legends The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, Sunny Afternoon ...

St Botolphs

Heritage Open Day - St Botolph's Priory Fun Day

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Fun Day and Market in St Botolph's Priory

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Valli - the boy from Jersey

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Valli looks at the amazing music of the voice of the Four Seasons, in this solo show featuring one of the UK's leading solo Frankie Valli tributes you will be taken on a journey through some of the biggest hits ever written....

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 12 Oct 2019

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.

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert

Sun 20 Oct 2019

After last year’s successful concert, award-winning pianist and composer, Matyas Bacsó is back at the Headgate Theatre to introduce his newest album of piano compositions ‘Fragments (From Everyday Life)’.

Memories Are Made of This

Memories Are Made of This

Sat 26 Oct 2019

'Re-live the early music of Cliff, The Shadows and many others as we take a nostalgic trip back to the fabulous sounds of a golden era'

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band

THE CLOCKS GO BACK…”CABARET FOR AN AUTUMN DAY"

Sun 27 Oct 2019

Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band’s exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour

Chico Chica

Chico Chica

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Led by composer Barbara Snow and lyricist Tom Hannah, this exciting four-piece takes a myriad of musical ingredients - tango, chanson, rai, rumba, jazz and cabaret - resulting an unforgettable evening of song and entertainment.

Showstoppers

Showstoppers

Sat 2 Nov 2019

From Les Mis to Chicago this choir is sure to get you dancing in your seats!

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 9 Nov 2019

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.

A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

Wed 20 - Sat 23 Nov 2019

Platform Musicals celebrate their 25th anniversary with Andrew Hodgson's new production of one of Stephen Sondheim's most popular and acclaimed musicals.

The Drifters

The Drifters

Thu 28 Nov 2019

The Drifters perform at Colchester's Charter Hall

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Sun 1 Dec 2019

The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever!

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Folk singer Kate Rusby will be at Charter Hall on 9 December

What's On in Colchester

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B'Sea Food and Drink

Brightlingsea Food & Drink Festival 2019

Brightlingsea

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Aug 2019

This great little festival is back for 2019. Street food, local artisan suppliers, crafts, arts, music and more!

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sat 24 - Mon 26 Aug 2019

Thomas and Friends appear at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Wine & Cider Festival

Wine & Cider Festival 2019

Colchester

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Aug 2019

Family friendly wine and cider festival with live music and camping

Coggeshall Flower Festival

Coggeshall Flower Festival

Colchester

Sat 24 - Tue 27 Aug 2019

A spectacular floral interpretation of ‘Songs of Praise’ will include hymns, ancient and modern, that we all know and love including, ‘On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist Cries’, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’

History Comes Alive

History Comes Alive

Colchester

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Aug 2019

This Summer, history invades the Castle Museum. Let the re-enactors from Historical Promotions take you back in time and bring history to life during this fun-filled weekend.

Castle Park Bandstand

Bandstand Concert: Chelmsford Silver Band

Colchester

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Free concert on Castle Park's Victorian Bandstand

Waldegraves Car Boot Sale

Car Boot Sale in West Mersea

Colchester

Sun 25 Aug 2019

At Waldegraves Family Holiday Park, we hold car boot sales every Sunday from 5th May to 8th September 2019, including over Bank Holiday Weekends. Car boot sales are weather dependent, so please call us on the day with enquiries.

Craft Fair

Flatford Summer Craft Fair

Dedham

Sun 25 - Mon 26 Aug 2019

Craft Fair at Flatford Mill

Destrier 2019

Jousting! Destrier 2019

Halstead

Sun 25 - Mon 26 Aug 2019

The Knights of Destrier return! Jousting in custom-made suits of solid steel armour they clash in one of the most exciting and authentic Tournaments in England!

A great little event!

Brightlingsea Food 7 Drink Festival

Brightlingsea

Sun 25 Aug 2019

This great little festival is back for 2019. Street food, local artisan suppliers, crafts, arts, music and more!

Mozart

The Classical Clarinet

Sudbury

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Ensemble DeNOTE: Jane Booth (clarinet), John Irving (fortepiano) play music by Mozart, Beethoven, Danzi at: ST MARY'S CHURCH, BOXFORD, CO10 5DU

Clavichord

A Still Small Voice

Sudbury

Mon 26 Aug 2019

Music for clavichord performed by Terence Charlston

Panto Horse Derby Bank Holiday Races 2019

The Panto Horse Derby Bank Holiday Races 2019

Colchester

Mon 26 Aug 2019

Colchester High Street shuts to traffic for the annual charity panto horse race.

Myland Fete

Myland Summer Fete

Colchester

Mon 26 Aug 2019

A fun family day out with rides, food & drink stalls, music and entertainment. Free entry!

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Mon 26 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Thomas Linley

The English Mozart: A Portrait Of Thomas Linley

Sudbury

Mon 26 Aug 2019

Music by Mozart's friend, Thomas Linley

Storytelling at the Castle

Storytelling At The Castle

Colchester

Tue 27 Aug 2019

Meet characters from history, hear their stories and discover the secrets of treasure, jewellery and adventure. Why not get involved by getting your little ones to wear their favourite costume. Included in Castle Admission.

Dinosaur Trail

Dinosaur Trail

Colchester

Tue 27 Aug 2019

Dinosaur Trail

Making Noise Quietly

Film: Making Noise Quietly

Colchester

Tue 27 Aug 2019

‘Making Noise Quietly’ is a triptych of encounters, all played out beneath the shadow of war. In 1944 in Kent, a conscientious objector (Luke Thompson) and a roaming artist (Matthew Tennyson) find friendship as the Second World War rages on

Bracelet

Upcycled Jewellery

Colchester

Wed 28 Aug 2019

From trash to treasure, these sessions let you explore the joys of recycling. Come along and see how you can transform waste to wow!

Toasting Marshmallows

Forest School Drop Off

Colchester

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Let your child explore outside!

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester. Meet at the Visit Colchester Information Centre

Monster Pots

Open Clay Session. MONSTER POTS

Colchester

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Explore clay work and techniques at Colchester Makerspace

The ‘In’ Crowd: Jazz In The Swinging 60’s

The ‘In’ Crowd: Jazz In The Swinging 60’s

Colchester

Wed 28 Aug 2019

Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis.