Celebration of Life or Wakes

the perfect setting to say goodbye

Celebration of Life or Wakes

We can offer bespoke celebration of life or wake packages in Essex to suit your individual requirements, including afternoon teas, buffets or private dining options. To help with the planning of a celebration of life or wake we have put together a guide with five things to consider.

Located on the outskirts of Colchester, close to both the Colchester and Weeley crematorium our tranquil parkland setting includes ample free parking.

Audio and visual equipment is also available so that favourite pictures can be shown and music can be played.

We have different options to suit your needs and requirements.


Celebration of Life package

View our Celebration of Life packages here 


Event Spaces


Signatures and The Drawing Room

-Space for up to 50 guests

-Can be hired together or separately

-Peaceful setting overlooking the parkland

-Disabled access

-Access to private bar


-Drawing room has access to the sunken lawn


The Garden Suite

-Space for up to 250 guests

-Room can be split into three separate areas or opened up as one

-Disabled access

-Private courtyard

-Private bar


Room capacities

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Sample menus

View our Afternoon tea menu here

View our buffet menu here


Contact us

Call us on 01206 863666




Jade, Tripadvisor

We celebrated the ‘celebration of my nans life’ here. And I honestly couldn’t recommend this venue enough. Whilst going through a sad state of emotions, dealing with a loss of a close family member, the staff here, made the experience of planning this event very trouble free and easy for us. They were both on hand to every small detail and helped to make sure that this event would be perfect for our family and friends attending. On the day, this venue brought a real uplifting joy to us all, which was exactly what we needed. The staff were incredibly Attentive and friendly. And The food was outstanding, we opted for ‘afternoon tea’, and there was a wonderful, delicious abundance of it. We had a whole range of ages attending this event from 1years to 98years, the venue, staff and food accommodated everyone perfectly, and we can’t thank Wivenhoe house and it’s fantastic staff enough.


Directions from Colchester Crematorium to Wivenhoe House

Colchester Crematorium opening times and contact details.

Directions from Weeley Crematorium to Wivenhoe House

Weeley Crematorium opening hours and contact details

Funeral directors in Colchester


Freedom Funerals

R. Gwinell & Sons

East of England Co-Op Funeral services

J J Smith and Son Ltd

Abbey Funeral Service

Shepherds Funeral Service

Kembles Funeral Service

J K May Funeral Services

A Birkin & Sons


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.