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Colchester Arts Centre

Address: Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 500900
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Ranked #6 of 72 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art galleries, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: Colchester Arts Centre - the little church with the big attitude deep in the heart of Essex. Well...
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Type: Art galleries, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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Colchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Basically a white elephant with too much space and too little to see. Does have a nice auditorium and occasionally work by local artists

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

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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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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

a vast area with little apparent idea of how to fill it.The phenomenal cost a drain on rate-payers and would be better used as a building site,fantastic toilets but that is about it a shameful experience.##

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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 via mobile

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
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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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is absolutely the best thing about living in Colchester. I spend many an evening here. I love comedy and have seen loads of comics up and down the eminence scale. Poetry, drama, bands and kids theatre as well. Staff always pleasant and relaxed. Artists seem to like playing here too and I have loads of great memories. Comedy festival... More 

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