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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Always enjoy myself here

I've been to a few metal gigs here now and every time i visit it's always a very nice experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Zoe F
Great music

Had many a great night here beer festivals music events one of colchesters little gems if you love... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colchester, United Kingdom
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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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“old church” (15 reviews)
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Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to a few metal gigs here now and every time i visit it's always a very nice experience. The staff are friendly and they always have something going on, comedy gigs and workshops for kids.

Thank Zoe F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had many a great night here beer festivals music events one of colchesters little gems if you love music and beer

Thank pharoah48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Arts Centre feels very local and friendly. It feels like it is run and supported by the community, and just by going in, you are part of the community. The band I went to see were expert entertainers and engaged really well with the...More

Thank Vivienne W
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We never would have been aware of the Colchester Arts Centre had not a local told us about it. Wow - what a gorgeous old church wherein we heard live music. amazing experience that we will not soon forget.

1  Thank denver60
Reviewed 5 May 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 1 May 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 16 April 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 15 April 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 10 April 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 13 March 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
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Hi, is there wheelchair access?
31 May 2017|
Response from Vivienne W | Reviewed this property |
Hello, yes the wheelchair access is at both entrances to the building.
Is there seating at this venue?
14 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.