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“Colchester's Little Gem”

Colchester Arts Centre
Ranked #11 of 64 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Manningtree, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
“Colchester's Little Gem”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

I've been going to the Arts Centre for quite a while now and have been lucky to see, among others, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Wedding Present, Tindersticks, Sean Hughes, Six By Seven, Lucy Porter, Dark Star and Marcus Brigstocke. Being in the church is a unique location to see a gig or a variety of comedic talent. The Arts Centre has a cosy feeling all of its own. In the last 3 days I have been lucky to see comedian Simon Day and then the mighty Magic Band, showing the diversity that the venue offers. The staff are great and very friendly, the prices are more than reasonable and you couldn't ask for more. The winter and summer beer festivals are also worth a look as well as the monthly farmers market. Always a top night out.

Visited March 2013
4 Thank Mark B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great place for a gig”
Reviewed November 11, 2011

A redundant church in Colchester - Colchester Arts Centre was a great venue to see a band. We saw Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds - A great concert with good sound quality. The venue was all standing, intimate, with 2 bars selling a wind variety. No draft ale but a wide range of bottled real ales at 'high pub' prices. Friendly helpful staff, A great night out.

Visited November 2011
1 Thank divedart
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2011

The arts center is very good if you want to catch a touring band as they usually pass through colchester and this is the only decent venue here. I have seen many big bands here and they also have an awesome beer festival!

2 Thank Jezi1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“venue for all occasions”
Reviewed October 16, 2007

the arts center has a wide range of events ranging from modern art to battle of the bands. The venue has set events however most are listed on a monthly basis best to pop by and pick up a listing from \the box office.

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