Colchester Carnival 2016

Colchester Carnival will return to Colchester town centre between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 16th July 2016.

Colchester Carnival will return to Colchester town centre between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 16th July 2016.

The carnival aims to feature the best of the Colchester arts community. Last year over 50 groups took part in the procession, featuring over 1,000 performers. The procession is over a mile long!

The carnival procession starts at the earlier time of 1pm this year. The route starts from Abbey Field (Circular Road North) and finishes at the end of the High Street. You just need to find a suitable space for your family and wait for the free fun to pass you by.

The carnival will be collecting for two nominated Colchester charities The Haven Project and The Robin Cancer Trust.


Here are approximate timings for the arrival of the carnival:

  • Circular Road North – 1.00pm
  • Butt Road – 1.05pm
  • Southway – 1.15pm
  • Headgate – 1.20pm
  • High Street – 1.30pm
  • Colchester Castle – 1.40pm

The carnival procession should finish by 3pm at the latest. Expect the procession to take 45 minutes to pass your viewing point.

You can watch for free at any point along the route.

Wivenhoe House is located on the outskirts of Colchester town and is just a short bus or taxi ride away. We have lots of free ample parking outside our hotel.

Our brasserie restaurant and terrace will be open for lunch and dinner on the day and is a perfect place to come either pre or post event with family and friends.

For anyone travelling to the Carnival we have 40 luxury bedrooms


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.