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

Shout! The Mod Musical

Shout! The Mod Musical

Wed 19 Sep - Mon 22 Oct 2018

Musical at the Headgate Theatre

Imran Perretta: 15 days

Imran Perretta: 15 days

Thu 27 Sep - Sat 3 Nov 2018

Imran Perretta's ’15 days’ is inspired by the time that the artist spent in Calais with former inhabitants of the refugee camp known as the Jungle, who are now living in surrounding woodland.

Stick Man

STICK MAN LIVE

Mon 22 - Wed 24 Oct 2018

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is coming to the Mercury Theatre.

East

East

Tue 23 - Wed 24 Oct 2018

Directed by Hal Best An elegy for the East End and its energetic waste.

Funny Girl- The Musical

Screening: Funny Girl- The Musical

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Following its sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl will be streamed to Lakeside Theatre.

Castaways

Castaways

Thu 25 Oct 2018

Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Award winnning play at the Mercury Theatre

The Hosepipe Band

The Clocks Go Back -Martin Newell & Hosepipe Band

Sun 28 Oct 2018

Features the legendary Martin Newell with extraordinary musical talents of the Hosepipe Band.

Ballet Black

Ballet Black Double Bill at Mercury Theatre

Thu 1 Nov 2018

Ballet Black at Mercury Theatre

Wot? No Fish!!

Wot? No Fish!!

Thu 1 Nov 2018

Danny Braverman’s 5-star solo show tells the story of the discovery of his Great-uncle Ab’s art. Wot? No Fish!! is an extraordinary story about love, art, history and fish balls that has been performed across the globe to critical acclaim.

Flat 2B

Flat 2B

Tue 6 - Wed 7 Nov 2018

The man in flat 2B has plans with a mug of coffee, the sofa and today’s newspaper. The neighbours have other ideas.

Summit

Summit

Wed 7 Nov 2018

In a blend of languages, including fully integrated BSL, three performers tell a story from three perspectives. It is the story of an international meeting. A meeting at which something happened, and in that moment everything changed.

Pack Up

Pack Up Your Troubles

Thu 8 Nov 2018

Wartime songs at the Mercury Theatre

Encore Screening: Red

Encore Screening: Red

Thu 8 Nov 2018

Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

For The Fallen

For The Fallen

Sat 10 Nov 2018

Poetry and Remembrance at the Mercury Theatre

The Goat/ Who is Sylvia?

The Goat/ Who is Sylvia?

Tue 13 - Wed 14 Nov 2018

Set within the family home, The Goat explores the roles of trust and understanding within relationships. Ultimately, it challenges our perception of social taboos as we learn the truth behind “Who is Sylvia?”

Troilus and Cressida

RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida

Wed 14 Nov 2018

by William Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another.

Ventoux

Ventoux

Thu 15 Nov 2018

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breath-taking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

NT Live: The Madness of King Geore III

NT Live: The Madness of King George III

Tue 20 Nov 2018

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag

Thu 22 Nov 2018

This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity… and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

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

80's Night

80's Night

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Join us for our very own 80's night here at the Stadium

The Greatest Showman Tribute

The Greatest Showman Tribute

Tue 23 Oct 2018

The Greatest Showman has taken the world by storm this year! Our very own Tribute to The Greatest Showman has performances of all of your favourite songs from the film and an aerial hoop performance.

Abbeygate Concert Band

WW1 Memorial Concert

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Abbeygate Concert Band WW1 Memorial Concert

Surfquake

Halloween Ball with Surfquake

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Spooky Surf Rock at Three Wise Monkeys

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Colchester

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct 2018

Returning for the second year, the world famous Oktoberfest is coming to Colchester.

Halloween Party

Halloween Fancy Dress Party

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Join us for our Halloween Fancy Dress Party. Our resident DJ will be playing spook-tacular hits all night. There will be costume competitions, so make sure you get involved in the Halloween Fun!

Night of the living dead

Jay Stapley's Hootenanny: Night of the Living Dead

Sat 27 Oct 2018

Jay Stapley is renowned for throwing a great party and his Hootenanny nights are exactly that - a GREAT party!

The Hosepipe Band

The Clocks Go Back -Martin Newell & Hosepipe Band

Sun 28 Oct 2018

Features the legendary Martin Newell with extraordinary musical talents of the Hosepipe Band.

Ballet Black

Ballet Black Double Bill at Mercury Theatre

Thu 1 Nov 2018

Ballet Black at Mercury Theatre

Queen Tribute

Queen Tribute

Fri 2 Nov 2018

This is a very popular evening here at the stadium. Performing hits from every decade of Queen's musical legacy - Queen II truly are champions of tributes.

Show Me Love

Show Me Love: Robin S + more

Sat 3 Nov 2018

Club Classics live at Charter Hall

60's dance band poster

1960s Dance with LIVE band 'Words and Music'

Sat 3 Nov 2018

1960s Dance with LIVE band 'Words & Music'

Spice up your life

Spice Girl Tribute

Fri 9 Nov 2018

Spice Girls Tribute Girl Power! Bringing the 1990’s back to life, our Spice girls tribute will “Spice Up Your Life!” So “Say You’ll Be There!”

Ultimate Eagles

Ultimate Eagles

Sat 10 Nov 2018

Tribute Band at Charter Hall

Jazz

Jazz at Abberton

Sat 10 Nov 2018

Join Essex Wildlife Trust on Saturday 10th November for the last Jazz at Abberton event of the year with the renowned Andy Brush Quintet.

Quire - Colchester World Music Choir

Quire presents 'Pack Up Your Troubles'

Sat 10 Nov 2018

Quire, Colchester’s world music community choir, present a concert commemorating the end of World War One and featuring music and verse from around the world that reflects the triumph of the human spirit.

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie Tribute

Fri 16 Nov 2018

He will have you dancing ‘All Night Long!’ Hamilton Browne is without a doubt the Number 1 Lionel Richie Tribute around today! A stand out tribute we are sure you will enjoy!

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Faustus 'Cotton Lords' Tour@Colchester Folk Club

Mon 19 Nov 2018

FAUSTUS are delighted to announce their UK ’Cotton Lords’ Tour, during which they will be presenting new tracks from the ongoing Cotton Famine Poetry project.

Party Anthems

Mariah Carey Tribute and Party Anthems

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Mariah Carey Tribute & Party Anthems Come and enjoy our Mariah Carey tribute performing all of Mariah's greatest hits topped with the best party anthems! There's a FREE photobooth all night too!

O'Hooley & Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow 'Winterfolk'

Fri 14 Dec 2018

BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2018 ‘BEST DUO’ NOMINEES

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Regius Lecture

Regius Lecture: An ever more violent world?

Colchester

Tue 16 Oct 2018

Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, newly appointed Regius Professor of Political Science at University of Essex will discuss conflict resolution at his Regius Lecture.

FOCM

Concrete Legacy - Kath Wood

Colchester

Tue 16 Oct 2018

Local History talk at Lion Walk Church

Robin Ince

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

Colchester

Tue 16 Oct 2018

Robin Ince mashes up the two cultures of art and science in this celebration of the human mind from Bohemians to Black Holes, Dali to DNA, another of his stand up sort of lectures.

Be My Baby

Be My Baby - by Amanda Whittongton

Colchester

Wed 17 - Sat 20 Oct 2018

Set in 1964 Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams,19,a respectable girl from a nice middle class background, in love with her medical student boyfriend - and seven months pregnant.

Birds of Prey talk and flight evening

Birds of Prey talk and flight evening

Colchester

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Ever wondered how a kestrel hovers or what speed a peregrine can dive at? Come along to this evening where experts Faith and Gary, who have many years experience of working with birds of prey, will answer your questions.

Dream Analysis

Dream Analysis

Colchester

Thu 18 Oct 2018

What is the purpose of a dream and why do we have them? Do the characters that show up have any significance?

Mersea Museum

The Martello Towers of Essex

Mersea Island

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Illustrated Talk at Mersea Island Museum

Autumn Talks 2018

Autumn Talks 2018

Clacton-on-Sea

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Join us this Autumn for our ever popular series of talks! This years theme will be entertainment.

PBB night group picture

Paint Brush 'n Bubbles

Colchester

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Relaxed evening of painting whilst sipping on a glass of sparkling English wine.

Fright Night

Fright Night

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Spooky half term fun at Colchester Zoo

Museums at Night

Knightzzz At The Museum

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Family Sleepover at Colchester Castle

Lavenham Childrens Book Festival

Lavenham Children's Book Festival

Sudbury

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Oct 2018

Lavenham Children's Book Festival

Park Run

Mersea Island Park Run

Mersea Island

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Park Run in Cudmore Grove

Farmers Market

Wivenhoe Farmers Market

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Farmers Market in Wivenhoe

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Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival

Colchester

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Oct 2018

6 years running. Come and browse over 60 original stalls, have a reading, talk to experts in their field and enjoy a taster treatment – spoil yourself!

Record Fair

Colchester Record Fair

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Record Fair in Firstsite

Stamp and Postcard Fair Colchester

Stamp and postcard fair

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Colchester and District Philatelic Society Stamp and Postcard Fair

Camulodunum to Colchester

From Camulodunum to Colchester Guided Walking Tour

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

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

Ian and Claire

Rotten Romans and Naughty Normans Walk

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Back by popular demand, especially for October half term, the Rotten Romans, Naughty Normans, and Victorious Victorians family guided walk

70's Party Night

70's Party Night

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Come prepared to party! Dress up or not, however you feel. Bring your own drinks, cups and nibbles as no bar! Oh and your dancing shoes :-) Music by Ricks Disco Solutions

80's Night

80's Night

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Join us for our very own 80's night here at the Stadium

Philip Scriven

Colchester Symphony Orchestra

Colchester

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Philip Scriven, the internationally renowned organist, is our soloist in the Organ Concerto by Poulenc and the Third Symphony (Organ Symphony) by Saint-Saëns. Our concert starts with Bizet’s Carmen Suite.

Sunday Stroll

Sunday Stroll

Colchester

Sun 21 Oct 2018

Regular walk at High Woods Country Park

Fright Night

Fright Night

Colchester

Mon 22 Oct 2018

Spooky half term fun at Colchester Zoo