We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Colchester Arts Centre

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 500900
Website
Improve this listing
Today
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 92 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Lovely

A four hour drive from Birmingham, all to see the Goodiepal at his annual Christmas show. The venue is in a converted church, and is a wonderful performance space. The drinks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
Alex B
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

92 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

A four hour drive from Birmingham, all to see the Goodiepal at his annual Christmas show. The venue is in a converted church, and is a wonderful performance space. The drinks aren't hugely expensive, and the staff friendly. Park in the St Mary's carpark - it's just over the main road, and £2 for the evening after 6pm.

Helpful?
Thank Alex B
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

On this occasion we went to listen to a local band - The Paul Nicholas Band and they are worth seeing. The atmosphere, sound, ambience and seating plus bar were excellent. We have been to see comedy acts here and also children's shows. You think it's a church, be surprised.

Helpful?
Thank nightOwl1_13
Clacton
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It may be a small venue run by volunteers, but the shows are as professional as any west end theatre.

Helpful?
Thank JacquelineDClacton
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

One of the best venues if not the best venue in town, been here more times than i can remember over the last 10 or so years and never once has it been anything other that excellent

Helpful?
Thank D4v1d33
Essex UK
Level Contributor
428 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Saw the Blockheads here last night and they were great. Norman Watt-Roy on bass guitar & Gilad Atzmon were amazing. Derek Hussey doesn't really do it for me - a very poor man's Ian Dury. The Arts Centre is a great venue for live performance. The only thing that put a slight downer on the evening was a drunk girl... More 

Helpful?
Thank Angel57
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Anthony is doing a fantastic job with his team to present Colcestrians with a stimulating, interesting, varied and fun selection of performing arts. The old church always feels welcoming. Staff and volunteers are good at what they do and I know I can drop into the ticket office anytime for some smart chat. They have great beer festivals too!

Helpful?
Thank Brown N
Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

visited several of the comedy nights acts have varied in funniness the arts centre is a good venue and covers a lot of entertainment types, live bands, plays, beer festivals

Helpful?
Thank Nigel B
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This venue stages events for all ages; from young children through to old hippies! Music, comedy, workshops, performances, plus community happenings, eg, monthly farm shop. It's a really lovely interior, very atmospheric - great acoustics. Gigs range from local Bands to international Groups who are more than happy to include Colchester Arts Centre on their Tours.

Helpful?
Thank jennyaK6610UK
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Seen a couple of comedians here recently. Really good venue. Seating on a first come basis but it's not that important as it's quite intimate inside and you're not far from the stage wherever you sit. Drinks sensibly priced too.

Helpful?
Thank rus662014
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Went to see a comedian and didn't really realise it was quite so small. We had a really lovely time though, drinks were not too expensive and would go back if there was something that I wanted to see. Seating is first cone first served so get in the queue early.

Helpful?
Thank Lisa190735

Travelers who viewed Colchester Arts Centre also viewed

 

Been to Colchester Arts Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Colchester Arts Centre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?