Mercury Theatre | Day Out With The Kids

COVID-19 Update

Most attractions are now closed until December. For lockdown ideas, read our latest blog!

Mercury Theatre

  • Colchester
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Attraction Information

Championing local creativity through family focused events, the Mercury Theatre is a real gem tucked away in the heart of Colchester.

Do you love a pantomime? They have one on every year, as well as summer family shows and plenty of children’s theatre throughout the seasons. Performances have included the likes of Spamalot, Lord of the Flies and educational classics like The Crucible. Kids who have their hearts set on the stage can take part in interactive workshops and youth theatre, or even pull back the proverbial curtain with backstage tours.

The theatre touches a wide community of over 130,000 people in the surrounding area with their broad and vibrant programme, plus it’s the most active producing theatre in East Anglia. This inspires new talent and audiences to make their way to Colchester and supports thriving community education partnerships. All in all it would be a great way to get your aspiring actors treading the boards and excited about life away from their screens!

  • Family shows
  • Annual pantomime
  • Workshops, youth theatre and backstage tours


Images copyright Robert Day.

club logo

Join our membership

  • Save money on great days out
  • £1 for 30 days - cancel anytime
  • Do more for less
Try it for £1

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 19:00 (later when there is an evening performance)


Prices vary depending on the performance you are going to see. Please check individual event listings on the Mercury Theatre website.

Travel & Contact Information


Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT, England

Phone number

01206 573948



Click here to visit Mercury Theatre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

St. Mary’s multi-storey car park (CO3 3AA), operated by Colchester Borough Council, is the most convenient car park for the Mercury Theatre. Situated on Balkerne Hill it is linked to the theatre by a direct footbridge. St Mary’s is a Pay and Display car park and visitors to the theatre can buy discounted parking for £1.50 when booking a show, saving up to £5.00, but you will need to buy your discounted parking voucher in advance, and your parking ticket must be displayed in your windscreen when parking, with the unique barcode showing. There is a limited amount of blue badge parking at the theatre (postcode CO1 1PT) and on the surrounding Church Street area.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Mercury Theatre has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

There are no baby food/milk warming facilities available at the attraction. 

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Food @ the Mercury takes bookings for pre-show meals. To book a meal at Food @ the Mercury prior to an evening performance, simply add either a two or three course meal to your basket during the online checkout process. No need to choose in advance – just go along and choose your favourite dishes from the delicious options available on that evening’s menu.

Yes, Mercury Theatre is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Mercury Theatre have stated they are pushchair friendly.

They welcome Assistance Dogs at all performances. Please inform them when booking.

attractions redesign