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Colchester Arts Centre

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Address: Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 500900
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10:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
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Colchester Arts Centre - the little church with the big attitude deep in...

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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A Gem!

Love the arts centre, it offers such a variety of entertainment, in a truly magnificent setting.....as a local we attend quite regularly and are never disappointed. At gigs you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the arts centre, it offers such a variety of entertainment, in a truly magnificent setting.....as a local we attend quite regularly and are never disappointed. At gigs you feel like the bands are actually singing to you personally.....and they always have a hat after....its kinda special.....xx

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Thank calstevsum
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really special venue- an old church with stain-glass windows repurposed to fit lots of interesting events. A real gem.

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Thank Mattbor86
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having ruptured my achilles tendon I rang a week before the gig I was attending and asked if it would be possible to have a chair at this venue as I am unable to stand for long. I was told this would not be a problem and that they would be happy to accomodate this request. When I arrived the... More 

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Thank ripley60
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

They always have a huge selection of shows on and more recently they have had more known comedy artists come. Prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly and welcoming. It's first come first served, so no specific seat numbers (so you may have to queue for a bit).

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Thank Jade W
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This is a redundant church that has been converted into an arts centre. A great venue for a concert, has good acoustics.

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Thank Stephen453
Colchester, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I particularly enjoy the gigs but they also put on plays, comedy, clubs, and stuff for the kids during school holidays.

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Thank Mark W
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Very unique venue and charismatic. The lighting and set-up added to its charm. Staff seemed friendly and helpful. Only tip would be to take cash.

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Thank COSP2
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Colchester Arts Centre is an excellent venue for comedy, music and other arts events. Looking at the programme will demonstrate that there is pretty much something for everyone. The arts centre is an asset to Colchester and to the arts as a whole. Anthony and his team do a fantastic job.

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Thank JKC_Landd
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If your favourite band include this venue on a tour, then ensure you attend! Great place to watch live music. Friendly staff.

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Thank RobertoFlamingo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Have been to a few of the Laughter Zone comedy nights here. They're always a great night with some hilarious comedians both known and unknown. It has helped me discover some people that I would otherwise never have heard of.

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