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

Babe- The Sheep Pig

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

Fri 27 Jul - Sun 26 Aug 2018

The classic children's tale live on stage at the Mercury Theatre

Stapled to a Chicken

Headless Chickens - It's A Scream

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Jul 2018

Stapled to a Chicken return to the Headgate with their comedy (mis)adventures

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Outdoor Theatre at Marks Hall Gardens

School of Rock

School of Rock - Performance Workshop

Mon 13 - Fri 17 Aug 2018

5 day workshop for 8 to 16 year olds

All Hail Macbeth

Packing Shed Theatre: All Hail Macbeth

Tue 21 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre in Tymperley's Gardens

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre at Coggeshall Grange Barn

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wed 29 Aug 2018

Outdoor Theatre by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Fri 31 Aug 2018

Oscar Wilde satire

Extreme Robots

Extreme Robots

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Robot Battle at Charter Hall

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Colchester's classical music festival returns, at different venues throughout the town

Jack

From Your Ever Loving Jack

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Roman River Music Festival continues at St Martin's Church

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

St. Botolph's Church

Lunchtime Music at St. Botolph's Church

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Lunchtime music at St. Botolph's

Colchester Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 26 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

A Steamy Vintage Encounter

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Vintage fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Sid Bolan Big Band

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Sid Bolan Big Band

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

St. Botolph's Church

Lunchtime Music at St. Botolph's Church

Wed 1 Aug 2018

Lunchtime music at St. Botolph's

Talinka

Talinka

Sun 5 Aug 2018

Jazz at Colchester Arts Centre

5 Parishes Show

5 Parishes Show: The 86th

Sun 5 Aug 2018

The 8th 5 Parishes Shoe held at The Fingringhoe Ranges

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: The Colchester Band

Sun 5 Aug 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

St. Botolph's Church

Lunchtime Music at St. Botolph's Church

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Lunchtime music at St. Botolph's

Power Trip

Power Trip + Game + Aggressive Perfector

Thu 9 Aug 2018

Thrash Metal at Colchester Arts Centre

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Colne Endeavour

Sun 12 Aug 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

St. Botolph's Church

Lunchtime Music at St. Botolph's Church

Wed 15 Aug 2018

Lunchtime music at St. Botolph's

Colchester Has Pride

Colchester Has Pride

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Colchester's 2nd Pride event at Firstsite

Three Wise Monkeys

Skinny Jean Gardener Festival 2018

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Gardening Festival - in Three Wise Monkeys

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Wanderin' Soles

Sun 19 Aug 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

Dedham Vale Vineyard Festival

Dedham Vale Cider & Wine Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

Family Festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall

Simple Minds + The Pretenders + KT Tunstall

Sun 26 Aug 2018

Three iconic pop acts hit the stage in Colchester as part of a Nationwide Tour.

Castle Park Bandstand

Castle Park Bandstand: Sweeting Swing Band

Sun 9 Sep 2018

Free Bandstand concert on the Victorian Bandstand in Colchester's Castle Park

Roman River Festival

Roman River Festival

Thu 20 - Sun 30 Sep 2018

Colchester's classical music festival returns, at different venues throughout the town

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Colchester Arts Centre

Edinburgh Preview Week at Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester

Mon 23 - Sat 28 Jul 2018

A week of comedy at Colchester Arts Centre as top acts look to hone their shows in advance of the Edinburgh Festival

Fenwick Colchester

Construction Competition

Colchester

Tue 24 Jul 2018

Let your imagination run wild! Create a construction of your choice and you could win a fantastic K'nex prize worth over £50.

Hollytrees

Monkey Business

Colchester

Tue 24 Jul 2018

Craft event in Hollytrees Museum

Natural History Museum

Go Live

Colchester

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Childrens activity at the Natural History Museum

Amazing Animals

Amazing Animals - High Woods Country Park

Colchester

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Children's Activity at High Woods Country Park

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

St. Botolph's Church

Lunchtime Music at St. Botolph's Church

Colchester

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Lunchtime music at St. Botolph's

Farm Tours

Tiptree Farm Tours

Colchester

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Tractor Tours around Tiptree Fruit Farm

Fenwick Colchester

Explore Workshops

Colchester

Thu 26 Jul 2018

Bring learning to life with Explore Workshops at Fenwick Colchester

Feeringbury Manor

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Colchester

Thu 26 - Fri 27 Jul 2018

Feeringbury Manor opens for teh National Garden Scheme

Colchester Castle

Roman Explorers: Invaders

Colchester

Thu 26 Jul 2018

Family activities in Colchester Castle

AHF Over 5's Drop Off Day - Forest School

Forest School Over 5 Drop Off

Colchester

Thu 26 Jul 2018

Summer Holiday Forest School at Abbotts Hall Farm. Make dens, woodland crafts, light fires and learn about wildlife. Forest School is a child led process facilitated by Forest School trained leaders

Colchester Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester Summer Beer & Cider Festival

Colchester

Thu 26 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Beer Festival at Colchester Cricket Club

Fenwick Colchester

Friday Flicks

Colchester

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Childrens Film Screenings at Fenwick Colchester

Fruit and Vegetables

Sudbury Farmers Market

Sudbury

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Sudbury Farmers' Market is one of the best town centre farmers' markets in Suffolk, attracting hundreds of shoppers through the doors every month.

Farm Tours

Tiptree Farm Tours

Colchester

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Tractor Tours around Tiptree Fruit Farm

Gin Dinner

Gin Dinner

Colchester

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Three course meal with Gin tasting led by 'The Gin Lord'

Stapled to a Chicken

Headless Chickens - It's A Scream

Colchester

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Jul 2018

Stapled to a Chicken return to the Headgate with their comedy (mis)adventures

Bazaar

Bazaar | Art & Food Market

Colchester

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Art & Food Market in Firstsite

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Park Run

Colchester Park Run

Colchester

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Colchester's weekly Park Run.

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Guided Tour through the Town Centre. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Relay For Life Colchester

Relay For Life Colchester 2018

Colchester

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Fun Run in Colchester

New Town

Discovering New Town Themed Walk

Colchester

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Explore New Town, a “new build” Victorian suburb between Colchester’s industrial port area and the old Garrison,