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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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THE must go to in Colchester

We have attended several shows in this old church over the past five years and it never fails to... read more

Reviewed May 5, 2017
Malcolm H
Colchester, United Kingdom
Perfect venue

Attended a few music gigs, as well as stand up and beer festival here. Great place, great... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2017
Susanna G
Ipswich, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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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  • Very good16%
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  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“great venue” (20 reviews)
“old church” (17 reviews)
“comedy nights” (5 reviews)
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Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Reviewed May 5, 2017

We have attended several shows in this old church over the past five years and it never fails to please. Every Christmas we go to the one man show, 'A Christmas Carol' beautifully recited on stage by the mad boss himself accompanied on the piano...More

Thank Malcolm H
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Attended a few music gigs, as well as stand up and beer festival here. Great place, great atmosphere, love it.

Thank Susanna G
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Been here many times to watch live bands, comedians and for beer festivals. A great place for all of the above!

Thank freddiebooboo
Reviewed April 15, 2017

Saw the Beat for the umpteenth time, with tracks from their new album plus favourite old stuff. This is a great venue not too packed, a good floor for dancing and interesting bottled beers.

Thank del961
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Anybody who's lived in the area and not been here really needs to get themselves down here, A brilliant location with such a great atmosphere, acoustically very good with great harmonics. Visually stunning inside, who else in the UK has a 12th Century Church as...More

Thank Boyd R
Reviewed March 13, 2017

I have been to the Arts Centre for various shows and always enjoyed the experience. I booked last minute tickets to see Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione not really knowing what to expect and not really being into jazz but the clip on YouTube...More

Thank Angel57
Reviewed March 3, 2017

This is one of the best Venues in Colchester, its a venue that holds all kinds of events and has surprisingly big acts for a small venue so they sell out fast. but when you see a comedian or band in a venue like this...More

Thank D4v1d33
Reviewed March 1, 2017

This is a gem. Go look at the website. Gigs, comedy, beer fest, drama. All at good prices. We are a lucky town.

Thank weestevieb
Reviewed January 21, 2017

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

Thank Allison M
Reviewed January 18, 2017 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...More

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May 31, 2017|
Response from Vivienne W | Reviewed this property |
Hello, yes the wheelchair access is at both entrances to the building.
January 13, 2017|
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Response from Jade W | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the event, comedy shows they put metal chairs out but not for music.