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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Authentic venue staying true to its roots

Over the years I've visited the arts centre for various gigs, music nights, stand up comedy etc... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Adam K
Lovely little venue

We came a long way to see a friend perform in a variety show at the art centre and we were not... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
Claire W
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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” (19 reviews)
“jumble sale” (2 reviews)
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Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
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+44 1206 500900
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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"
in 2 reviews
"century church"
in 2 reviews
"stand up comedy"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 4 reviews
"an asset"
in 3 reviews
"sound quality"
in 3 reviews
"perfect venue"
in 2 reviews
"redundant church"
in 2 reviews
"beer festival"
in 3 reviews
"keep up the good work"
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"comedian"
in 20 reviews
"stade"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the years I've visited the arts centre for various gigs, music nights, stand up comedy etc. On the nights I have been it is dark and dingy - just like all of the best venues! The ticket prices are very reasonable, as are drinks,...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We came a long way to see a friend perform in a variety show at the art centre and we were not disappointed. The venue is a beautiful old church, it’s very inclusive, has a bar and as far as I could tell from the...More

Thank Claire W
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Serious, but not reverential, music making in this repurposed church, that's decently equipped. Packed in the aisles, and nave, and generally good sight-lines. Top-notch medium-to-small venue, with a clean big sound. Sensible bar, good lighting, enthusiastic staff. As others have said, an asset to Colchester.

Thank R H
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Darren H
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 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.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017 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!

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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
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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

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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

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

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

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Response from Vivienne W | Reviewed this property |
Hello, yes the wheelchair access is at both entrances to the building.
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Response from JadeStrikesBack | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the event, comedy shows they put metal chairs out but not for music.
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