7 ways to enjoy Christmas 2016

Thanks to 2016 being a Leap Year, Christmas Day has skipped to Sunday this year, moving the Bank Holidays to Monday and Tuesday.

All this means that you need just three days’ leave to have a 10 day break from Saturday 24 December, returning to your desk on Tuesday 3 January.

That’s all really good news but the idea of 10 days surrounded by, and catering for, relatives might be filling you with dread.  Here are some handy hints to get through the season of goodwill.

  1. Add a friend to the guest list.  Break up the family tension by introducing a stranger to the mix. Everyone will be polite – at least for a while.
  2. Eat at least one meal out!  If you are determined to cook on Christmas Day, look at options for eating out on Boxing Day.  The brasserie at Wivenhoe House is offering a three-course lunch including a half-bottle of wine for £35 per person on 26 December,  you’ll need a change of scene by then.
  3. Embrace the tradition of Christmas.  If your family has always enjoyed watching the Queen’s Speech every year since the Coronation, don’t attempt to start dinner before it starts – familiarity will keep everyone calm.
  4. A little bit of pre-planning can help everything run smoothly.  Make a list of everyone’s favourite Christmas food and drink and make sure the cupboards are well stocked.
  5. A tipple of two can act as a tranquilliser, but don’t go overboard, the tables soon turn the other way…
  6. Do something nice. If you are the guest offer to help and remember to say please and thank you. A bit of Christmas kindness can go a long way.
  7. Above all, enjoy and relish it. Wherever you are you’ll be creating some magical memories and if it all goes wrong, it gives you plenty of ammunition to insist you go away next year!


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO4 3FA.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.