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Colchester Arts Centre

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Address: Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 500900
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10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: Colchester Arts Centre - the little church with the big attitude deep in...
Colchester Arts Centre - the little church with the big attitude deep in the heart of Essex. Well that's how we describe it anyway. It sort of works, it at least gives a flavour of what we're about. Because just how do you describe a venue that can put children's entertainer Palfi the Clown on, on the same day as Cradle of Filth? Where a Farmer's Market in the morning becomes a comedy club in the evening, where folk enthusiasts can sit happily knitting (and they do!) in the exact same spot a ferocious mosh pit of teenage dancing takes place the following night? And where the beautiful historic architecture of St Mary's Church dating back over a thousand years, plays host to some of the newest comics, most modern choreographers, some of the coolest DJ's and some of the freshest talent in Britain. Over the years we've promoted Coldplay, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Harry Hill, Catherine Tate, Jo Brand, The Libertines, Ash, The Killers, The Strokes, Phill Jupitus, Mick Jones, Bill Bailey, Jack Dee, Count Arthur Strong - all before anyone had ever heard of them of course - plus the likes of jazz legend Ronnie Scott and even the late lamented and much loved Brian Johnston the cricket commentator. Our passion to present new work, bring great bands and comics to Colchester burns more brightly than ever. Our business is all about fresh ideas, new acts, new art forms and vibrant new ways of working. We can't stand still. We embrace the new, the quirky the original and yes, the surreal.
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Great venue

Great venue for all sorts of stuff. You do need to find out what sort of thing is on before you go but if you do see a good group this venue compliments them. Two bars.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Great venue for all sorts of stuff. You do need to find out what sort of thing is on before you go but if you do see a good group this venue compliments them. Two bars.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Firstly, I must declare an interest in writing this review. My husband and I are both volunteers here! We have been supporters of the centre for many years, so decided to help by offering our time to staff the venue when extra people are needed. I mainly do the box office and am always delighted to hear all the postive... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is a little gem. There are top quality comedians and gigs at very affordable prices. Check out the website, there is something for everyone. The prices are exceptionally reasonable.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My family and I love the Arts Centre. From fantastic shows for kids to brilliant events for adults. Our kids have thoroughly enjoyed the Arts Academy sessions during the summer. A brilliant place with real atmosphere. Would high recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Lovely environment combines history of former church, with great acoustics and friendly atmosphere. Close to other town amenities and reasonable priced parking very close.

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Rural England
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Been here lots of times and it's a wonderful place to see a wide range of acts - comedy, music, poetry, farmers markets, often before they are well enough known to be expensive. The fact it's a beautiful old church gives it atmosphere and it's small enough to feel close to the acts. And a bar as well! if you... More 

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I have visited quite a few times over the past years seeing gigs, comedy, poetry..... A real diverse cross section of things. The atmosphere is always welcoming and intimate. I love going there, it's my favourite place for live performance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I've seen countless bands here over many, many years. It's a lovely venue well run and well promoted. Effective, yet fair security and reasonable beers available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Some great bands here as well as comedy and all sorts of other things. Good value, local and a great atmosphere. Quirky newsletters so get on the distribution list!

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Maldon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Simply the best small gig venue in Essex. I have seen a range of artists here. So good that my wife will come to concerts here.

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