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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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Well worth going

Ok, so the Wednesday evening performances can be a bit hit and miss, but this venue puts on some fantastic performances from a very wide range of people. There are band nights... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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colchester/swaffham
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Ok, so the Wednesday evening performances can be a bit hit and miss, but this venue puts on some fantastic performances from a very wide range of people. There are band nights, performance art, new performers and a whole variety of events to check out. Would highly recommend - and the beer is good too!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Enjoying this place, always new things coming up, updated, different and interesting. Went to an art show, very nice, will be coming back again when time and interest allows.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Fantastic choice of acts to watch throughout the year. sensible prices. Decent bar. get yourself on the email list to be first to find out what's on. Some acts do sell out.

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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We love the Arts Centre, we have been to a few events there now. We took the kids to a Christmas performance, we've been to a wedding, a couple of performing arts nights, a couple of gigs, New years eve, every event is fab, chilled atmosphere, good staff and great bar. Affordable and fun. Support Colchester Arts Centre!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lovely place, not just for nights out but also a great place to take the children! Will be coming back again on both accounts

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

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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23 helpful votes 23 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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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 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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