Why support Hospitality Action?

If you work in the wonderful hospitality industry in the UK, or used to, Hospitality Action is there for you.

Established in 1837 Hospitality Action is a safety net for current and former employees, helping those who find themselves in crisis, whether suffering a life altering illness, experiencing poverty, bereavement or domestic violence.  It also offers an active support network for employees after they retire from their busy work lives and experience loneliness.

It also runs a special educational programme for hospitality students on the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse.

Wivenhoe House’s general manager Oliver Brown is a great supporter of Hospitality Action. Every year he digs out his apron and grabs a tray to help out at the prestigious Back to the Floor event in London, which this year raised an amazing £130,000 for this cause.

Oliver said: “I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years and I have huge respect for the fantastic work of Hospitality Action. Social Sunday at Wivenhoe House is a wonderful opportunity to support their fund raising by coming along and enjoying some fun and games in our gardens. I look forward to seeing you there.”

The current patron of Hospitality Action is former rugby international Phil Vickery who is a past winner of Celebrity Masterchef. This autumn, he’ll be joining hospitality leaders on a 40 mile cycle ride around the Cotswolds to raise funds for Hospitality Action.


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.