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Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
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Over the Border

It is not often I cross over from my native Suffolk into the neighbouring county unless I am... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jon A
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Bar working at CAMRA beer festival.

We volunteered at the Summer beer festival which is held every year at Colchester Arts Centre. This... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LMO1968
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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” (19 reviews)
“music gigs” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:30
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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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"music gigs"
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"farmers market"
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"stand up comedy"
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"jumble sale"
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"intimate venue"
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"christmas carol"
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"century church"
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"an asset"
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"beautiful building"
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"sound quality"
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"beer festival"
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"keep up the good work"
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"i've visited"
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"acts"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 4 days ago 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

Thank LMO1968
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 6 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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.

Thank Bobkean
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go to the Arts centre as often as I can ... Everything from Gigs to the farmers market ... always a friendly welcome and reasonably priced gigs shows ... highly recommended

Thank kait60
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have attended countless events at the Arts Centre, over the course of 20 years or more. Mostly jazz and folk music gigs, comedy shows, but also variety shows, films, children's shows, markets, and even a wake. All the bands praise the warm atmosphere, the...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

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

Thank Adam K
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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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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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