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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Maddy Prior Concert

Lovely, quirky, church venue. Medium-sized, fairly intimate space, pretty much all seats not so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrea G
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Great local venue and what a building with lots of history

This has got to be the best venue in Colchester, from beer festivals, music from rock , indie... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely, quirky, church venue. Medium-sized, fairly intimate space, pretty much all seats not so very far from the stage. Toilets could do with a bit of an upgrade but were clean. Entranceway a bit of a muddle but understandable as not purpose built. Staff pleasant...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has got to be the best venue in Colchester, from beer festivals, music from rock , indie, alternative through to folk and farmers market. Parking can be found near by with restaurants around the corner on the top of high street. If you haven’t...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the first preview last night, Monday, and it was entertaining, you could feel the comedians trying out new material to see if it worked, there was a lovely laid back feel to the evening with a few seats around tables and the...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the Arts Centre. We parked at a local car park a short walk away. The auditorium had a great atmosphere: Frank Williams (The Vicar from "Dad's Army") was being interviewed. He was very interesting and funny. The sound amplification...More

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Emma W, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Arts Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your first visit. Come & see us again some time. Best Wishes, Emma

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

I have heard some great musicians here and it is a good location for music. Nine below zero were excellent and they do choose acts to suit many tastes. Well managed.

Thank Arthur R
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

It is not often I cross over from my native Suffolk into the neighbouring county unless I am travelling through and I have not been into Colchester in over 30 years. Tonight I attended my brothers wedding reception at the Arts Centre and was pleased...More

Thank Jon A
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We volunteered at the Summer beer festival which is held every year at Colchester Arts Centre. This little venue is a former church and it's a great entertainment spot to see bands, films, stand up and it also hosts the Winter beer festival. Some well...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Went here for a music event. Amazing atmosphere with lovely helpful ushers. No allocated seating, so get in early for best seats. Very close to St Mary's car park.

Thank S.A. from Essex
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Emma W, Public Relations Manager at Colchester Arts Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Thanks for your review. Glad you had a good night, come back soon.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I have been to the Arts Centre on numerous occasions, although it is not a upmarket venue, what is offered is normally very good. Not all the staff are professionals, saying that they are so happy and willing it makes the night go well.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Arts Centre Beerfest is superb for the experienced drinker of proper beer and the novice in a safe and controlled environment with character. And the near neighbours don’t object to the disturbance even when we relax on their graves.

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Response from 473viviennew | 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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