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Colchester Arts Centre

Open Now: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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A vibrant place in a fabulous building

I have worked with CAC wearing many of my 'work hats', and have always been impressed with the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Diane B
Colchester, United Kingdom
Atmospheric with genuinely varied events

Went to see comedian Gary Delaney at the Colchester Arts Centre on October 26th and had a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Emily L
Colchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
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“old church”(23 reviews)
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...more
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Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 500900
Most Helpful Review
Reviewed 4 March 2013

I've been going to the Arts Centre for quite a while now and have been lucky to see, among others, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Wedding Present, Tindersticks, Sean Hughes, Six By Seven, Lucy Porter, Dark Star and Marcus Brigstocke. Being in the church is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have worked with CAC wearing many of my 'work hats', and have always been impressed with the energy and enthusiasm exuded by the staff in all that they do. Many and varied activities from Comedy nights, through Music gig, to fun and diverse activities...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see comedian Gary Delaney at the Colchester Arts Centre on October 26th and had a great night. It was a full house so rather a squeeze, but it all adds to the atmosphere and there was no real wait at the bars or...More

Thank Emily L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place I discovered it a couple of years ago Yeah it's a bit spit and sawdust it's an Old church after all but its a great venue to watch Comedians before and after them becoming famous and being a massive Stand-up fan...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a bad venue, some very interesting performers a good place to go but they do tend to pack people in.

Thank David Patrick W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What do you do to a church no longer used? Turn it into an arts centre, wonderful concerts and recitals given here, they even have a bar if you want a drink. Easy walk to the bus stop and the railway station

Thank 943philt
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Enjoyed the visit, plenty to see and it changes all the time I personally enjoyed the time I spent in there!

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 29 September 2018

We love the Arts Centre. A wide range of shows - comedians are our favourites - including for children. It doesn't have any frills and queues can be long for the bars. If there are a lot of you, it is a good idea to...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

this lovely old church is a great venue for a music gig. The first Friday of the month is Comedy Club whihc is always entertaining

Thank Alison H
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Martin Turners Wishbone Ash are selling out fast and would make a great evening for any prog rock followers we are visiting many times and recommend the venue

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Best live music venue in Colchester. Fabulous atmospheric venue being in an old church, great acoustics, been to some really great gigs here. Can't rate this venue highly enough. Love it.

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31 May 2017|
Response from 473viviennew | Reviewed this property |
Hello, yes the wheelchair access is at both entrances to the building.
14 January 2017|
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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.