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:

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.