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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Lovely multi purpose venue

A lovely conversion from this old church to a multi purpose arts venue showing some nice work. Well... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2016
Good night out

Saw romesh ranganathan last Wednesday night. Had a great time with friends. Good price tickets and... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
mike h
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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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Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

A lovely conversion from this old church to a multi purpose arts venue showing some nice work. Well worth a visit.

Thank slqq
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Saw romesh ranganathan last Wednesday night. Had a great time with friends. Good price tickets and very friendly helpful staff.

Thank mike h
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Having been going to the arts centre for years and have seen a wide range of acts. Staff are always friendly . Our children have always enjoyed the kids shows. Have seen many groups here so always a good night with friends and family

Thank AlisonP924
Reviewed 10 March 2016

excellent place to visit lots to look at and some good photo opportunities to be had ideal pace to try out long exposure photos

Thank russty67
Reviewed 8 March 2016

This museum (free) is right by Cochester Castle being on the road opposite. Its right by the end of the main shopping street and contains a small but well laid out museum covering natural history. Go and see it if you are in Colchester.

2  Thank holidayman50
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Lovely venue, full of character. Made even better by the lovely staff member who went out of his way to find seats for my wife and her friend, both of whom have back problems (my wife has just been off work for four months with...More

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Been here many times to see some excellent bands from Fairport Convention Ruts DMC to Amplifier and most recently Whole Lotta Led. On many occasions the artists comment what a great venue it is - good sound and enthusiastic audiences. Also been to the odd...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 12 February 2016

I have been to the Colchester Arts Centre many times over the years to see a variety of comedians and music gigs and have always been impressed. The quality of acts that the venue attracts and their variety, the organisation of all performances and, as...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 11 February 2016

always plenty of excellent performers and events, a beautiful building and great community atmosphere.

Thank Clare P
Reviewed 10 February 2016

Tickets for a Ross Noble night, good show and good value but seating is very tight if you a bigger than average person. Good beer and atmsophere

Thank peter h
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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?
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.