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Colchester Arts Centre (St Mary's)

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
01206 500 900
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Ranked #3 of 43 attractions in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries
Most recent review
- Jul 21, 2014
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Essex UK
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308 reviews 308 reviews
62 attraction reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I am ashamed to say that despite living in Colchester most of my adult life last night was my first visit to the Arts Centre. I had been under the misguided impression that it was a place just for the young and trendy! I was lucky enough to win tickets to see The Ultimate Eagles which prompted my first visit.... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Have been here a few times now and although a bit cramped when full. The bar selection is more than ample and you can get outside for a smoke at the intervals. A good venue. Sean Lock was superb in that smaller arena.

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Colchester
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Colchester Arts Centre, located in an old church, is a staple for the Colchesterian who wants to see top notch comedy, folk music, live poetry etc. A great programme year on year, including big names who are previewing their acts before heading to the Edinburgh Festival. Always a great night out.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Just off Colchester high street tucked away is this old 12th century church. It really is a brilliant place to see your favourite arts. Whether it is theater, comedy or music it has a fantastic vibe. The intimacy is great and you can see everything even if you're quite short like me. Highly recommended.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Saw The Automatic, The Straight Lines, Cancer Bats (who were rubbish) and The Gallows at the arts centre. Brilliant venue.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I have seen many music & comedy acts over the years and all have been brilliant. It's a great venue, easy to get to and has a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I have visited the Art Centre several times over the past year and everyone visit has been great. I have seen comedy, music and poetry there. The venue has a very alternative feel to it, yet has some countrywide famous names appear there. It has a cosy relaxed feel to it Previous reviewers have mentioned the seating not being tiered,... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I s Trevor Noah at this venue and had a fantastic evening. Lovely atmosphere and intimate venue so its really good for comedy. The building is beautiful and the venue is close to lots of great restaurants. The only gripe I have is that the seating is not tiered so make sure you get there early if... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I live in Colchester and am a regular visitor to the Arts Centre which provides a large variety of concerts to take in many tastes; also live art and dance and theatre performances as well as hosting nationally known performers (comedians etc). There are two bars which will also sell you tea and the loos are well maintained. The Arts... More

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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I've reviewed the arts centre before but the word needs to be spread. In a two week period we saw 3 great acts. Lucy Porter and Paul Foot who are both brilliant comedians. The arts centre is the perfect venue for comedy due to its intimate atmosphere. Sandwiched in between this duo was Peter Hook and the Light. I don't... More

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