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

Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Annie

Colchester Operatic Society present: Annie

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 9 Feb 2019

Classic Music at the Mercury Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2019

In this play, adapted by Lorraine Haworth but still faithful to Shakespeare’s original script, the ageing Romeo and Juliet are residents in ‘Verona’, home for the elderly.

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

Tue 5 - Wed 6 Feb 2019

On stage at the Lakeside Theatre

The Vortex

The Vortex

Wed 6 - Sat 9 Feb 2019

The Vortex by Noel Coward - This revolutionary play with its depiction of sex and drugs in the Jazz Age, stunned the critics and caused a sensation within the theatre-going public.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer

Thu 7 Feb 2019

On stage at the Lakeside Theatre

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sat 9 Feb 2019

The Famous Explorer at the Mercury Theatre

Sick by Shey Hargeaves

Sick by Shey Hargreaves

Wed 13 Feb 2019

Very funny and revealing insider’s view of everyday life in the NHS during four years of cutbacks

Shey Hargreaves: Sick (with BSL)

Shey Hargreaves: Sick (with BSL)

Wed 13 Feb 2019

Sick is a bittersweet, bizarre and highly entertaining hour-long one-woman show about the impact of four years of cuts to the National Health Service.

Russell Kane

Russell Kane - The Fast and the Curious

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Stand-up Comedy at the Mercury Theatre

A Hundred Different Words for Love.

A Hundred Different Words For Love.

Thu 14 Feb 2019

On stage at the Lakeside Theatre

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman At The House

Fri 15 Feb 2019

An evening of live entertainment featuring all your favourite hits from the movie and a delicious 3-course meal

Valentines Murder Mystery

Valentines Murder Mystery

Fri 15 Feb 2019

A unique Valentines event designed for couples, singletons and groups alike.

Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

Classic Whodunnit at the Mercury Theatre

Out of Hat

Out of Hat

Wed 20 Feb 2019

A Long Nose Puppet Magic show.

Paula Varjack: The Cult of K*nzo

Wonderful Wednesday: Paula Varjack - Cult of K*nzo

Wed 20 Feb 2019

THE CULT OF K*NZO is a solo performance combining storytelling, videography, sound design and choreography, to playfully explore one woman’s life long desire for luxury & the ways in which luxury brands create that desire.

The Cult of K*nzo by Paula Varjack

The Cult of K*nzo

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Why do we want the things that we want? A playful critique of consumer culture through the lens of high fashion

Anakadabra

Anakadabra

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Magic at Colchester Arts Centre

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Banner Theatre: Spirit of 1868

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Expect rollicking tunes, videos, and interviews that bring you slap up to date with the struggle for union recognition and a living wage.

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

Amoroso presents A Feast of Singing For The Soul

Amoroso presents A Feast of Singing For The Soul

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of wonderful music.

The Prettiest Starman

The Prettiest Starman

Sat 26 Jan 2019

David Bowie tribute at Colchester Arts Centre

Don Kipper

Don Kipper

Tue 29 Jan 2019

Multi award-winning quartet Don Kipper will take you on a journey into the world of Eastern European Jewish and Roma music making.

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Dave Collison performs the best-known hits of Roy Orbison, plus your favourite songs from the sixties and seventies at The Hole In The Wall Pub, Balkerne Hill, CO3 3AA.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration

Wed 6 Feb 2019

Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be marking Chinese New Year this year with a range of activities and events to celebrate the renowned festival in style.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman At The House

Fri 15 Feb 2019

An evening of live entertainment featuring all your favourite hits from the movie and a delicious 3-course meal

Sam Eagle

Sam Eagle

Fri 15 Feb 2019

See rising local stars perform live in our new gig series.

Valentine's Roller Disco

Valentines Roller Disco

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Over 14's Valentines Roller Disco with Live Band

F.O.X

F.O.X + UP

Sat 16 Feb 2019

“It’s a synth-tastic slice of pop – rather like The Gossip might sound if all guitars were suddenly outlawed” – BBC Radio 1

Dave Collison The Human Jukebox

Dave Collison's Human Jukebox

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Dave Collison performs classic hits from the sixties and seventies.

Breabach

Breabach

Mon 18 Feb 2019

Breabach continue to build their reputation of being at the forefront of the UK’s world and roots music scene with performances across the world throughout 2018.

SNACK FAMILY + THE EU COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY

Snack Family + The EU Common Agricultural Policy

Tue 19 Feb 2019

London-based three piece: SNACK FAMILY have been creating an unapologetic, driving sound since 2011. This is music that gets right back to the heartlands, the heart and soul and meat of the matter; music for the times we're sweating through

The Skids

The Skids

Sun 24 Feb 2019

1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds.

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.

Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Roadshow 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Tribute to The Man in Black at the Mercury Theatre

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Schools Rock Prom 2019

Thu 28 Feb 2019

The annual showcase of musical talent from local schools is back!

Adrian Brendel

Adrian Brendel & Noam Greenberg

Thu 28 Feb 2019

Roman River Presents Adrian Brendel & Noam Greenberg

Chappel Wingter Beer Fest

The 10th Chappel Winter Beer Festival

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Mar 2019

Well regarded Beer Festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Jon Boden With The Remnant Strings

Jon Boden and The Remnant Strings

Mon 4 Mar 2019

Jon Boden "Ambitious, genre-busting folk" - The Guardian

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius: Legacy

Tue 5 Mar 2019

Two of the greatest jazz guitarists in the world, Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius, have joined forces for an unforgettable live show. They bring with them a unique legacy in European jazz

What's On in Colchester

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Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

Colchester

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Stand Up Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 25 - Sat 26 Jan 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Colour and taste bonanza - The Suffolk Spice Co

Sudbury Farmers Market

Sudbury

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Our first farmers Market of the year kicks off on 25th January and will include a special free cooking demo by top local chef, Carl Shillingford! Come to St Peter's on Friday 25th before 10.30am and enjoy a real treat. Tasting included!

Amoroso presents A Feast of Singing For The Soul

Amoroso presents A Feast of Singing For The Soul

Colchester

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of wonderful music.

Comedy Store

Comedy Store

Colchester

Fri 25 Jan 2019

The Comedy Store brings you “The Best In Stand Up” from around the globe, showcasing the brightest names in comedy today.

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 26 Jan 2019

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

The Prettiest Starman

The Prettiest Starman

Colchester

Sat 26 Jan 2019

David Bowie tribute at Colchester Arts Centre

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 26 Jan 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Peter Seivewright

Peter Seivewright piano recital

Colchester

Sat 26 Jan 2019

Peter plays music by Bach, Medtner, Rachmaninov and local composer Peter Thorne

Burns Night

Burns' Night Supper

Colchester

Sat 26 Jan 2019

Join us for the celebration of one of Scotland’s greatest poets for a traditional Burns’ night supper. Whether you’re Scottish or not, you’ll find it a lively occasion!

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara in Conversation with Jack Jordan

Colchester

Mon 28 Jan 2019

Come & hear about an exciting debut crime novel by local author Lesley Kara.

Don Kipper

Don Kipper

Colchester

Tue 29 Jan 2019

Multi award-winning quartet Don Kipper will take you on a journey into the world of Eastern European Jewish and Roma music making.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Colchester

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2019

In this play, adapted by Lorraine Haworth but still faithful to Shakespeare’s original script, the ageing Romeo and Juliet are residents in ‘Verona’, home for the elderly.

12th Colchester Beer Festival Logo

12th Colchester Winter Beer Festival

Colchester

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 2 Feb 2019

A Three-Day Beer Festival in Colchester Town Centre

I'm Not Running

I'm Not Running

Colchester

Thu 31 Jan 2019

NT Live Screening: I'm Not Running by David Hare.

Market Day in Colchester

Market Day on Colchester High Street

Colchester

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Feb 2019

Market Day in Colchester Town Centre

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Dave Collison's Roy Orbison Tribute

Colchester

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Dave Collison performs the best-known hits of Roy Orbison, plus your favourite songs from the sixties and seventies at The Hole In The Wall Pub, Balkerne Hill, CO3 3AA.

Colchester Parkrun

Colchester Castle Parkrun

Colchester

Sat 2 Feb 2019

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

Abberton Reservoir

Walk with the Ranger - World Wetland Day

Colchester

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Join Charlie the Ranger on World Wetland Day for a gentle walk around the nature reserve to look for wildlife, hear about how the site has been developed and learn about future projects. Must be booked in advance. Call 01206 736172 to book.

Camulodunum to Colchester

Guided Walk: From Camulodunum to Colchester

Colchester

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Guided Walking Tours of Colchester

Snowdrops, Spring Bulbs & Lambing

Snowdrop and Garden Walk

Sudbury

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Feb 2019

The perfect time of year to get outdoors and see the wonderful carpets of snowdrops and woodland walks.

Tiddlers2Wigglers pre-loved baby/maternity sale

Tiddlers2Wigglers

Colchester

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Tiddlers2Wigglers pre-loved baby/maternity clothing toys and equipment sale

Wivenhoe Town

Wivenhoe Town v Hashtag United

Colchester

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Non-league football, in the Eastern Counties Football League

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

Colchester

Tue 5 - Wed 6 Feb 2019

On stage at the Lakeside Theatre