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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Peter Hook and the Light

Great little venue. Excellent atmosphere. Good views of the stage and sound quality is good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Darren H
via mobile
Lovely Venue

Came to see A Christmas Carol by Candlelight on Christmas Eve. The performance was very good & the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Essex UK
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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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  • Poor1%
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“great venue” (20 reviews)
“old church” (18 reviews)
“beer festivals” (11 reviews)
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Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little venue. Excellent atmosphere. Good views of the stage and sound quality is good. Reasonable priced bar

Thank Darren H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to see A Christmas Carol by Candlelight on Christmas Eve. The performance was very good & the venue really lovely. Only criticism is that the seats are very close together with little leg room which can become uncomfortable during the performance.

Thank Angel57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Where would we be without Colchester Arts Centre? Always something to see and do, a wide variety of acts yet always consistently excellent. Keep up the good work!

Thank Kb16775
Reviewed 28 November 2017

What a place to go to see a gig, I was amazed as soon as I walked into this old church. The reception and bar staff were so friendly ~ cannot wait to visit again.

Thank Mel W
Reviewed 26 October 2017

My friends and I came out all the way over from Italy, Poland and Germany to see a show here and we ended up having the time of our lives. The organization was really good (though it was a shame cloakroom wasn't available, we'd have...More

Thank leoleoi
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We attended on Saturday night to watch Paul Zerdin. I had been told about the venue in advance - few big names play “warm up” gigs here It is a renovated church - really strange atmosphere - as the pulpit is still in situ ,...More

Thank mike j
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Saw the comedian Nathan Caton here last week. Lovely intimate setting inside an old church. Bar inside and well-staffed.

1  Thank asid67
Reviewed 15 September 2017

visited arts centre to see Tom Stade and was really pleased we went,Brill evening only seats about 300 people so really close will def be going back

Thank Julia R
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is one of my favorite venues in Colchester. They host regular local and national bands, have an experimental theatre or cabaret night Wednesdays and a folk club Mondays. They also host comedians, regular comedy and beer festivals, farmers market, clothes swap etc. etc. Whatever...More

Thank pennyrColchester
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Fabulous evening of amazing music and dance. Being a salsa novice didn't matter. Amazing crowd if friendly welcoming people. Fabulous salsa dancing, group were amazing! Venue, what. An I say that hasn't been said before, old church, acoustics were amazing...guess I shouldn't really rate the...More

Thank V8496QVsaraha
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Questions & Answers
31 May 2017|
Response from Vivienne W | Reviewed this property |
Hello, yes the wheelchair access is at both entrances to the building.
13 January 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.