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“Hidden gem”

Colchester Arts Centre
Ranked #1 of 79 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.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

The great thing about this place is that it's a fairly small venue so you can get near to the stage. Looking at the programme there are some big names who perform here. We've been to see Martin Newell here many times and also John Cooper-Clarke at Christmas. A few years ago we saw Fairport Convention . Coming from the suburbs of London as I do , we just don't have this sort of venue. The ticket prices are amazingly cheap for the quality of performance , long may it continue.

Thank Lundylupin
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"great venue"
in 20 reviews
"old church"
in 18 reviews
"beer festivals"
in 11 reviews
"small venue"
in 6 reviews
"farmers market"
in 5 reviews
"big names"
in 5 reviews
"local bands"
in 4 reviews
"jumble sale"
in 2 reviews
"special venue"
in 2 reviews
"entertainment venue"
in 2 reviews
"christmas carol"
in 2 reviews
"century church"
in 2 reviews
"stand up comedy"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 4 reviews
"sound quality"
in 3 reviews
"music events"
in 2 reviews
"redundant church"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Many great names have performed/do perform here. Enough said.
Al Murray was here last time I went. . We were up close to the stage, it was very cool. .. very rare too... normally he'll be a dot on the stage. .

Brilliant venue..a very old decommissioned Church. .. which the one and only a Humpty Dumpty fell to his death from. ..

Thank _Dom_____________777
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

I've seen plenty of bands here over the years, and is a credit to the town. Reasonable bar prices and worth keeping an eye on the listings, the big bands sell out quick!

Thank JPE31
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

great mix of music on offer, as well as the comedy club that attracts well know names from the comedy circuit. range of actives for children and teenagers also hold monthly farmers market on a Friday well worth a look, a bit out of the way but ask anyone and they will show you the way.

Thank essexcookie_11
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

... this is a great venue. A converted church, it's sometimes set out in row seating, sometimes with tables. There's a bar inside. Its great strength is the variety of events put on here - local talent, tribute bands, big name comedians, films, jazz, folk, world music - even a farmers' market on certain days. Check out the programme on their website first but be warned - some events, especially the appearances of well-known stand-ups, sell out fast.

Thank Lucypuss
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