University of Essex Facilities

University of Essex Facilities

Conference space at Wivenhoe House also extends to the neighbouring University of Essex with bespoke packages available for your meeting or event

***Update, due to Covid19 restrictions, we can accommodate up to a maximum of 30 delegates only, in a socially distanced layout***


The University of Essex has a range of modern, traditional and innovative venues offering state-of-the-art audio-visual technologies, including interactive projectors, widescreen monitors and digital document cameras.

All University of Essex venues are managed by Event Essex, who also offer a range of catering and accommodation services for your conference, event or meeting.

Bespoke packages are designed to ensure the smooth running of your event and all include a dedicated account manager to act as a safe pair of hands to support you throughout your event planning and delivery.

Find out more about Event Essex and available venues. All Event Essex conferences can be partnered with a Wivenhoe House accommodation package to suit delegates.

The Interpreting Lab

Book our new state-of-the-art interpreting lab for your next multi-lingual meeting, conference or trade show. It has ten booths to interpret conferences involving up to 20 people and equipment matching that of the European Commission, the United Nations and the Houses of Parliament.

We also have LTB 6, a conference facility that provides interpreting for up to 350 people. We can adapt to meet your needs, using our state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled staff and students. For interpreting all over the world, we have mobile equipment available to use for both indoor and outdoor use.

Our interpreting facilities at the University of Essex are the only ones of their kind in the East of England for interpreting between Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. .

If you are a local SME, member of local or national government or an (inter)national organisation and need interpreting services, or if you’d like to use the lab to host international or multi-lingual conferences and trade shows, for example, contact Dr Dorian Hayes for more information on

With Wivenhoe House, a four-star country house hotel right next door to our new lab, we are an ideal venue to meet your interpreting needs.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics was recently ranked top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).



find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here 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 our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

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.