A thriving art gallery, cultural centre, cinema and event space designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly and including the Berryfield mosaic dating from AD 150. A café and gift shop are also available for visitors to enjoy during gallery opening hours. Firstsite is fully accessible. Free entry.
Lewis Gardens \ 01206 713700
Photo: © Richard Bryant
Under the Made in Colchester brand, the Mercury creates theatre that reaches audiences and generates critical attention both regionally and nationally, all through a vibrant and broad programme staged across two auditoria, as well as through local community education partnerships.
Balkerne Gate \ 01206 573948
Photo: Robert Day. Peter Pan 2017
The Minories Galleries
This contemporary art gallery is run by Colchester’s prestigious School of Art at Colchester Institute. Housed in a listed Georgian building in the heart of the town’s vibrant cultural quarter, it hosts various exhibitions, events and more. Shop, 'Tiptree' Tea Room and walled garden. Free entry.
74 High Street \ 01206 712437
Munnings Art Museum
The artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, described Castle House as ‘the house of my dreams’. This elegant building was opened to the public in 1961 and showcases a changing selection of paintings by Munnings. The museum, grounds and café are set within the beautiful Dedham Vale.
Castle Hill, Dedham \ 01206 322127
Colchester Arts Centre
A venue as unique as the artists that perform there. Events range from jazz, gigs, stand-up comedy, theatre, beer festivals, farmer's markets, folk club and kid's shows. Well-known names play alongside new contemporary work. You are certain to find a varied programme throughout the year.
Church Street \ 01206 500900.
A vibrant community theatre with a lively and interesting programme of plays, musical theatre and music throughout the year from award winning groups - you can participate in a workshop with internationally renowned guitarists one day and watch first rate drama the next!
Chapel Street North \ 01206 366000
Situated by the lake at the University of Essex, in Wivenhoe Park, Lakeside Theatre is home to contemporary performance and live screenings. With both a 200 seat auditorium and studio space you'll discover a world of theatre, dance, music and comedy. Café open Mon to Fri in term time.
University of Essex \ 01206 873261
Placing the artist at its core, Art Exchange is a space where art, artists and audiences can meet. Research and study feed into a programme of talks, films and debate. Combined with family days, workshops and outreach activity, we offer ways for everyone to get involved and enjoy art.
University of Essex \ 01206 873184