Simply Red

06.08.2022 | 4:00pm

Castle Park

From £42.50

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Simply Red

Castle Park

6 August 2022


Simply Red

Castle Park

6 August 2022



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With over a billion hits on You Tube, and over 60 million albums worldwide, 5 going to number one in the UK, we couldn’t be more excited about Simply Red heading to Colchester, Castle Park on Saturday 06th August, as part of their Summer 2022 tour.

Their 1991 classic “Stars” was the best-selling album for two years running in Britain and Europe. They have had two US Billboard chart toppers with classic singles “Holding Back The Years” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” – and every Simply Red studio album has been a UK top ten.

We are delighted to announce that Gabrielle, one of the most iconic female British artists from the past 30 years, will be a special guest for Simply Red at their concert in Colchester at Castle Park on Saturday 6th August 2022.

Gabrielle shot to the top of the charts with her debut hit single “Dreams”, which spent three weeks at #1 in the summer of 1993.





Timings (subject to change)
What time are gates?
Gates will open at 4pm and will remain open for entry throughout the evening. Expected finish time of 10.30pm.
Our car park at Kings Meadow opens from 12.30pm. Please note – this will be locked overnight so vehicles will need to be removed after the concert – it will close roughly one hour after the concert ends.
Do you have the set times?We do not release set times as they are subject to change.
What time does the Event day box office open?
Box office is located at the entrance of the park, off Middle Mill and opens at 2pm and will close at approximately 9pm. If any tickets remain on the day of the concert, they will be available to purchase from the box office.
Standing only
This concerts is a standing only concert, if you have any queries with this please contact
Access into the arena
The main entrance is located off Middle Mill
Please remember to have your tickets ready to be scanned as you enter the venue! If you have purchased tickets on our website, tickets will be sent out very soon.

Bar tokens

All bars will be operating a token system. Tokens will be available to purchase from Token booths situated around the concert arena. You will need to purchase tokens before heading to the bars.
To allow everyone to exit smoothly, please follow any directional signage, and instructions from stewards. Please take your time, and be kind and thoughtful to other concert goers and residents when leaving the venue. Please bear in mind exiting times when advising taxis and pickups.
On the day & Security 
What can and can’t I bring?
No food and drink can be brought in to the venue – (a doctor’s note will permit food/drink required for medical conditions). Cups of water are available at bars free of charge.
No glass containers (including perfume/aftershave)
No chairs including camping chairs, folding chairs, gazebos, picnic blankets or tents are permitted.
Umbrellas are permitted, but must be taken down during the show.
No dogs are permitted, except assistance dogs.
No professional cameras, video cameras or audio recording devices.
Pyrotechnics, lasers, smoke machines, strobe lighting or other special effects may take place during the performance.

Please do bring a smile and your dancing shoes!

Searches will be in operation at this event – bags will be searched.
No bags over the size of A4 will be allowed into the arena.
Are there any age restrictions?
Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times and require a ticket. Babes in arms are free. All ticket holders may be asked to produce proof of age upon entry and at the bars.
Please be mindful of the weather and wear appropriate clothing and footwear!
To get to Castle Park by walking, cycling or using public transport visit: Find Us – Colchester Events (

Pre-paid parking will be available to purchase when buying event tickets. Parking will be located at  Kings Meadow (accessed via Catchpool Road, CO1 1XN). If you have a blue badge, please show this upon arrival and you will be directed closer to the arena. This will open from 12.30pm on the day.

PARK AND RIDE – The Park and Ride service will be offering a bus service and parking for the concerts in Castle Park.  Tickets are available to purchase per car, payment must be made via MiPermit. For timetables see ‘Castle Park Concert Parking’Colchester Park and Ride | Essex County Council (

Blue badge and disabled car parking is available in the High Street and Castle Street. Most areas of the Park are fully accessible on tarmac paths. However, as a historic landscape, some areas are only accessible by steps – these are the fishpond area and bandstand podium.


Please make sure to scroll down to see all options when you click book now.

 There will be two sections to choose to stand in, Gold and General Admission.

Map Castle Park Simply Red 1

Please see ticket options below, including possible upgrades:

Gold Plus – £80* – Gold enclosure ticket including access to dedicated bar & toilets and early entry into the concert arena 15 minutes before main gates open

Gold Early Entry – £67.50* – Gold enclosure ticket with early entry into the concert arena 15 minutes before main gates open

Gold – £57.50* – Just access to Gold Section

General Admission Early Entry – £52.50* – General Admission ticket with early entry into the concert arena 15 minutes before main gates open

General Admission – £42.50* – Just access to General Admission Section

*ALL tickets are subject to a booking fee



Doors – 4pm

Travel information:

PARK AND RIDE – The Park and Ride service will be offering a bus service and parking for the concerts in Castle Park. Timetables will be published when finalised, tickets are available to purchase per car, payment must be made by

PRE PAID PARKING – Car parking is available at Kings Meadow (accessed via Catchpool Road, CO1 1XN)

Other car parks:

Leisureworld – Approx. 5 mins walking distance to the park

Sheepen Road – Approx. 10 mins walking distance to the park

St Mary’s (Multi-storey) Height restriction 1.97m (6’6″)  – Approx. 11 mins walking distance to the park

Priory Street  – Approx. 6 mins walking distance to the park

Britannia – Approx. 7 mins walking distance to the park



Tickets are none refundable.

No professional cameras, video cameras or audio recording devices
No chairs or blankets are permitted
No glass is permitted on site (including perfume/aftershave
Empty plastic or reusable bottles sized 500ml or less are permitted for refilling.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Access to the disabled viewing area is for disabled ticket holders only – Accessible Tickets can only be bought from Ticketmaster
Umbrellas are permitted but must be taken down for the performance – better to bring a coat with a hood.
Dogs are not permitted except guide dogs – please make us aware in advance if a guide dog is require
All ticket holders may be asked to produce proof of age on entry to the concert and at the bar.
Security staff at the entrance will enforce the conditions of entry including undertaking bag and random personal searched.
Persons who have consumed excessive alcohol will be refused entry
Fireworks, sparklers, lasers, and Chinese lanterns are prohibited
British sign language interpreter will not be available for this performance
No food and drink can be brought in – there will be a large selection of caterers and bars selling alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and food to suit most dietary requirements (a doctor’s note will permit food/drink required for medical conditions).

Care and Safety at Events
• Decide on a meeting point with your friends. Choose a time and place to meet up later in case you get separated from each other. There may be a limited signal across all networks, so you might not be able to contact each other by phone
• Keep your phone charged in case you’re separated from your friends
• Stay hydrated
• Keep your wits about you. Drink responsibly and know your limit
• There are no ATMs on site so make sure to bring enough money for concessions and travel from the event
• Concert stewards are here to help you. Don’t be worried about asking for help in any situation, whether it’s asking for directions or to report something or someone you’re worried about
• Look after your valuables like your phone, purse or car keys

Food and Drink
There will be ample concessions for food and drink within the concert site. No food or drink can be brought onto the site unless dietary restrictions are in place (A dietary card is required).
Any alcohol purchased at any of the bars within the venue must be consumed on-site and not taken out of the designated event area.
Help us to keep Castle Park tidy by using the rubbish bins that will be located throughout the venue.
In keeping with Licensing Laws, there will be a Challenge 25 Policy in place for all alcohol sales.

Toilet Facilities
Designated male and female lavatories will be provided and there will also be accessible lavatories on site.

What to do in an Emergency
There are stewards and event staff on duty at every concert. Locate a member of staff for any emergencies, who will be able to assist or locate the correct assistance.
If you need to contact the Police to report a non-emergency crime or to provide information on a crime while at the festival, please call 101. If a serious or life-threatening crime is being committed, please contact a member of staff or police officer immediately. If in the unlikely event you cannot find someone, please call 999.

Smoking Policy
There is a designated smoking area outside the concert area, smoking is only permitted within this area.

Drug Use
There is a zero-tolerance response to illegal drugs and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Police officers will be on site and any person found in possession of illegal drugs or NPS will be passed to police for arrest, and possible prosecution.
The terms and conditions of entry state: “You may be searched at the entrance. Any items, which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and/or offensive activities onsite may be searched.

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