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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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Beautifully intimate

I've been a fan of this place for years. I used to go here as a music lover during the 90's. Over the years this place has always impressed. Wether it was for music, comedy or our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely old church converted for an entertainment venue for a range of very different community groups.

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Thank Allison M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been a fan of this place for years. I used to go here as a music lover during the 90's. Over the years this place has always impressed. Wether it was for music, comedy or our current favourite reason...... Beer. They have such a wide variety of events. Many of which are free. Beautiful building. Keep up the good... More 

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Thank Twistedflax
Colchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped into Arts Centre to see if there was anything of interest to decorate our new home. Picked up a few bits. Lovely old building with great atmosphere. Will definitely pop along to more events

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Thank Debbie W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here countless times over the last decade and try and go at least once a month which, thankfully, is incredibly easy thanks to the diverse and excellent talent on show at the venue. Very few places in town that'll put on local bands one night, avante garde jazz the next, comedy the next, a play the following day... More 

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Thank SEjontravels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fabulous night of entertainment - we went to see A CHRISTMAS CAROL by candlelight. This building lends itself well to this kind of event. The atmosphere was friendly and personal. The performance was perfect for Christmas eve. The bar is well stocked and facilities sufficient for the venue. Another great evening

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Thank yngsally
colchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

The arts centre has so much on ranging from children's shows to comedy, cabaret, farmers markets and fantastic gigs. I would recommend anyone visiting or living in Colchester to see whats on and I guarantee you will find something to your liking. Last went to see 'killing joke' an 80's band but still excellent stuff.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Love the arts centre, it offers such a variety of entertainment, in a truly magnificent setting.....as a local we attend quite regularly and are never disappointed. At gigs you feel like the bands are actually singing to you personally.....and they always have a hat after....its kinda special.....xx

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Thank calstevsum
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Really special venue- an old church with stain-glass windows repurposed to fit lots of interesting events. A real gem.

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Thank Mattbor86
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Having ruptured my achilles tendon I rang a week before the gig I was attending and asked if it would be possible to have a chair at this venue as I am unable to stand for long. I was told this would not be a problem and that they would be happy to accomodate this request. When I arrived the... More 

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Thank ripley60
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

They always have a huge selection of shows on and more recently they have had more known comedy artists come. Prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly and welcoming. It's first come first served, so no specific seat numbers (so you may have to queue for a bit).

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