Most bookings can be made through the Mercury Theatre Box Office. However, some events have different box offices and booking lines, so please check the programme.
Mercury Theatre Box Office
Box office opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
Book by phone: 01206 573948
Book online: by following the booking link on each event page
Book in person: Mercury Theatre Box Office, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
There will be no booking charges made by the Mercury Theatre although there will be a charge of £1 for postage unless tickets are collected from the theatre. If you book online you can print off your own ticket.
Bookings will be taken until 2 hours before the start of the event. Remaining tickets will be on sale on the door.
Concession prices are available to those aged 27 and under. Please provide proof of age on ticket purchase and at events.
This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected events – look for the ‘Festival 4’ symbol through the website, and when buying tickets online via the Mercury Theatre.
Essex Book Festival is a partnership programme with multiple partners. Please advise the Box Office if you have any access requirements when making a booking. Visitors with a disability are offered a free ticket for a companion. If you require a BSL interpreter, please advise the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate this.
The Festival cannot refund money or exchange tickets except if an event is cancelled. If this occurs, please return your tickets to the Box Office within 30 days for a full refund.