History in the making

Proud as we are of our Constable connections, we are equally excited about our involvement in Radical Essex an innovative programme of events celebrating the county’s crucial role in the history of British modernism.

Led by Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite in Colchester, Radical Essex runs throughout this year and next. Our immediate sights are set on Essex Architecture Weekend on Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11 September, when an ambitious series of tours and events celebrates the county’s pioneering role in twentieth century architecture.

Over 20 individual modernist buildings will be open for public access over the two days including Clockhouse Way estate in Braintree, seen at the time as Britain’s first cautious steps towards Modernism. Bringing architecture right up to date, Essex based HAT Projects will be creating a new architectural commission for the entrance to Silver End Village Hall, available to view over the weekend.

Silver End Village Hall, just 30 minutes from Wivenhoe House, is the main hub for the talks programme over the week. Speakers include artist Rachel Lichtenstein and author Ken Worpole and on the Sunday acclaimed broadcaster and writer Jonathan Meades will be answering audience questions after a screening of his BBC-4 documentary The Joy of Essex.

Of course our neighbours at the University of Essex play an important part in this weekend with guided walking tours available on both days. Designed in the early 1960s by Kenneth Capon, the University’s Colchester Campus is an outstanding example of the then new brutalist style of architecture.

This is an amazing opportunity to spend a fascinating weekend in Essex, seeing first hand some unique examples of twentieth century British architecture and, with tickets going fast, head over to Radical Essex’s website to fine tune your itinerary.


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.