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:

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.