Constable Challenge

Dust off your paintbrushes, charge up the iPad, sharpen your charcoal, whatever your chosen art form join in our Constable Challenge.

Dust off your paintbrushes, charge up the iPad, sharpen your charcoal, whatever your chosen art form join in our Constable Challenge for free

We are turning over the grounds of Wivenhoe House to artists young and old to create your own landscape masterpiece.  All entries will be considered for our autumn exhibition in the hotel.  Don’t worry if it rains we will have gazebos!


Throughout 2016 we are “loving landscape” as we celebrate 200 years since landscape artist John Constable immortalised Wivenhoe House on canvas in his painting “Wivenhoe Park,” now hanging in pride of place at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Whether you’re an amateur art lover or a professional painter, young or old, there’s something for everyone to entice you to dig out those brushes and set to work.

Constable’s breathtaking creation was a true labour of love. Paid 100 guineas by Major-General Francis Rebow ,then owner of Wivenhoe House for the painting, he used the money to prove his financial stability to the family of Maria Bicknell, the love of his life.  He left Wivenhoe House on 19 September, marrying Maria on 2 October.

You can still tread in Constable’s footsteps today and admire the lake and landscape, very much as he saw them in 1816, while enjoying all the modern comforts of life in our Grade II listed hotel.


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.