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

Layer Marney Tower

Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Christmas at the Tower, a guided tour of rooms ready for Christmas, three course festive lunch, performance of The Tailor of Gloucester in the church, mulled wine and mince pies on departure

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Storyteller Robert MacCall conjures up the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, in his one man version of the Dickens classic.

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos

Tue 10 Dec 2019

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Red Riding-Hood visits her estranged and mysterious Grandmother for the first time in years. Along the way she stumbles upon the wacky Woodlands, and all of its zany inhabitants and the Big Bad Wolf in this panto for grown-ups!

Tunswick!

Tunswick!

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Tunswick Women’s Amateur Theatre Society is thrust into the national spotlight when they enter a TV talent show in order to raise funds for their local village hall.

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Xmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Festive Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

A Jolly Holly Christmas at The Headgate

A Jolly Holly Christmas at The Headgate!

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Enjoy seasonal songs and sparkle at the Headgate Theatre to get you in the Christmas mood.

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

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

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Xmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Festive Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Slack Folk

SlackFolk

Sat 14 Dec 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.

Eclipse At Five Past Seven

Eclipse At Five Past Seven

Sun 15 Dec 2019

A relaxing evening of winter-warming music. A mix of seasonal favourites blended together in the unique style of Eclipse.

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.

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Layer Marney Tower

Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

Colchester

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Christmas at the Tower, a guided tour of rooms ready for Christmas, three course festive lunch, performance of The Tailor of Gloucester in the church, mulled wine and mince pies on departure

Memory Afternoons

The Warm & Toasty Club presents Memory Afternoons

Colchester

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Colchester

Mon 9 Dec 2019

Storyteller Robert MacCall conjures up the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future, in his one man version of the Dickens classic.

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

Colchester

Mon 9 Dec 2019

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

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos

Colchester

Tue 10 Dec 2019

Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Snowy Lake

Winter Wander and Christmas Lunch

Colchester

Tue 10 Dec 2019

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

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Snowy Lake

Winter Wander and Christmas Lunch

Colchester

Wed 11 Dec 2019

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

Old meadow

Wednesday Wellbeing Wander

Colchester

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Getting fit or de-stressing? Join us on a gentle monthly wander around the beautiful Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

Colchester Castle at NIght

Castle Open Evening - Free Entry

Colchester

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Festive Open Evening at Colchester Castle

Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Colchester

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Red Riding-Hood visits her estranged and mysterious Grandmother for the first time in years. Along the way she stumbles upon the wacky Woodlands, and all of its zany inhabitants and the Big Bad Wolf in this panto for grown-ups!

ELVIS XMAS Party SUN 11 DEC

Xmas party with LIVE ELVIS

Coggeshall

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Get the gang together for Xmas party with Elvis! Decorations, DJ, Crowd Karaoke, ELVIS LIVE on stage Wear your Xmas jumpers and Elf hats!

Tunswick!

Tunswick!

Colchester

Wed 11 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

Tunswick Women’s Amateur Theatre Society is thrust into the national spotlight when they enter a TV talent show in order to raise funds for their local village hall.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day in Colchester

Colchester

Fri 13 - Sat 14 Dec 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

The Magic Of Motown Christmas Party

The Magic Of Motown Christmas Party

Colchester

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Xmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi

Colchester

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Festive Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

Santa in the Castle

Celebrate Christmas At The Castle With Santa

Colchester

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Santa visits Colchester Castle

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair in the Square

Colchester

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Christmas Fairs in Culver Square

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 14 Dec 2019

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

Records

Colchester Record Fair

Colchester

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Record Fair in Firstsite

Essex Vegan Fair

Essex Vegan Winter Festival

Colchester

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Winter Vegan Fair in Charter Hall

Tea & Torc

Tea + Torcs

Colchester

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Series of talks based on Colchester Castle's current exhibition: Adorn.

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival

Brightlingsea

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Brightlingsea Annual Christmas Tree Festival, All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 2019

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Colchester

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Darth Vader knows what you're getting for Christmas. He has felt your presents. At Ace Comics.