Essex Big Weekend 2018

For one weekend during English Tourism Week 2018, Visit Essex are giving Essex residents the chance to enjoy an amazing day out in their county for free!


Takes place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018


Thousands of free tickets will be available for attractions across Essex. The Visit Essex Big Weekend in 2017 attracted 86,000 bids in the public Ballot, offering Essex residents the chance to win free entries/gifts/backstage tours and more, to 49 visitor attractions throughout the county. 2018 aims to be even bigger and better!


The ballot will open from mid-February for 4 weeks. You can apply for as many tickets as you like, and the winners will be selected at random.


If visiting an attraction in Colchester or the surrounding area why not stay at Wivenhoe House?

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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.