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“Intimate, atmospheric venue”

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 April 8, 2014

Just off Colchester high street tucked away is this old 12th century church. It really is a brilliant place to see your favourite arts. Whether it is theater, comedy or music it has a fantastic vibe. The intimacy is great and you can see everything even if you're quite short like me. Highly recommended.

Thank Saffire S
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"old church"
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"farmers market"
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"jumble sale"
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"comedy gigs"
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"special venue"
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"christmas carol"
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"century church"
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"stand up comedy"
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"beautiful building"
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"an asset"
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"sound quality"
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"perfect venue"
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"redundant church"
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"beer festival"
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"keep up the good work"
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Saw The Automatic, The Straight Lines, Cancer Bats (who were rubbish) and The Gallows at the arts centre. Brilliant venue.

Thank Matt_H1182
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

I have seen many music & comedy acts over the years and all have been brilliant. It's a great venue, easy to get to and has a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Thank 2salc
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

I have visited the Art Centre several times over the past year and everyone visit has been great.

I have seen comedy, music and poetry there.

The venue has a very alternative feel to it, yet has some countrywide famous names appear there.

It has a cosy relaxed feel to it

Previous reviewers have mentioned the seating not being tiered, that has not been a problem to me ( and I am not the tallest of people ) but the space between rows can make it difficult to get in and out in the interval with a plastic cup in your hand ( no accidents yet, thankfully).

Highly recommend going there for all ages, the listings of show have something for everyone and the cost is fantastic

Thank yngsally
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I s Trevor Noah at this venue and had a fantastic evening. Lovely atmosphere and intimate venue so its really good for comedy. The building is beautiful and the venue is close to lots of great restaurants. The only gripe I have is that the seating is not tiered so make sure you get there early if you are attending a show with free seating.

Thank SueElphi
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