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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
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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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An extensive range of entertainment.

I particularly enjoy the gigs but they also put on plays, comedy, clubs, and stuff for the kids during school holidays.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mark W
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I particularly enjoy the gigs but they also put on plays, comedy, clubs, and stuff for the kids during school holidays.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very unique venue and charismatic. The lighting and set-up added to its charm. Staff seemed friendly and helpful. Only tip would be to take cash.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Colchester Arts Centre is an excellent venue for comedy, music and other arts events. Looking at the programme will demonstrate that there is pretty much something for everyone. The arts centre is an asset to Colchester and to the arts as a whole. Anthony and his team do a fantastic job.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If your favourite band include this venue on a tour, then ensure you attend! Great place to watch live music. Friendly staff.

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Thank RobertoFlamingo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Have been to a few of the Laughter Zone comedy nights here. They're always a great night with some hilarious comedians both known and unknown. It has helped me discover some people that I would otherwise never have heard of.

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Thank Andrew C
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Went to see Tom Stade last week great show and lovely place. Good service at the bar too and not expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Saw Chris Wood here is was a great, intimate and incredibly friendly venue. Chris Wood was superb and the bar had some decent ales. The ongoing folk programme looked very good.

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

A lovely conversion from this old church to a multi purpose arts venue showing some nice work. Well worth a visit.

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Thank slqq
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Saw romesh ranganathan last Wednesday night. Had a great time with friends. Good price tickets and very friendly helpful staff.

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Thank mike h
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Having been going to the arts centre for years and have seen a wide range of acts. Staff are always friendly . Our children have always enjoyed the kids shows. Have seen many groups here so always a good night with friends and family

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