Most bookings can be made through the Mercury Theatre Box Office, or online at – However, some events have different box offices and booking lines, so please check the individual events page.

Mercury Theatre Box Office

Tickets can be booked online or where shown, tickets can be booked via Mercury Theatre Box Office (10am to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday) in person or by telephone.

Box office opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-8.00pm
Book by phone: 01206 573948 – Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-8.00pm
Book online: by following the booking link on each event page on this website
Book via email: [email protected]
Book in person: Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT – Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-8.00pm

There will be no booking charges made by the Mercury Theatre although there will be a charge of £1.50 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.

Essex Book Festival Tickets

This year we have a second ticket site for some of our events, e.g. digital events or free events which require booking. This is through Essex Book Festival but ticketing information will arrive to your inbox via Eventbrite.


Concession prices are available to those who are on Jobseekers Allowance, Students and under 27s. Please provide proof of age or relevant ID on ticket purchase and at events.


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.

We also have a Roger Pen hearing system, so please let us know if you would like to book this by emailing us at [email protected]


The festival cannot refund money or exchange tickets except if an event is cancelled. In the event of a cancellation the Box Office will contact you and issue you a refund within 30 days.


We will continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19 to ensure our events follow the latest regulations. The latest guidance will be posted on our website.