October Half Term

The misty mornings are a reminder that October half-term is around the corner. And, if you are organising a staycation, base yourself at Wivenhoe House hotel to explore Colchester where there is plenty planned for all the family.

Of course there is a plethora of pumpkin-themed activity as we approach Halloween.  Don your wellies and head to Foxes Farm Produce which has its own Pumpkin Patch open from 10am until 4pm.  It’s free to visit, just pay for your pumpkin. There’s also a Pumpkin Hunt around the lovely Beth Chatto gardens.

As if there isn’t enough to see at East Anglian Railway Museum, they are also hosting an arts and crafts event Monday 22 October until Thursday 25 October where you can carve a pumpkin or have a go at gingerbread decorating, all happening in the vintage railway carriage café.

If you enjoy all things spooky, Marks Hall has a Halloween Trail, taking in the scary sights, including its very own Screaming Oak.

Back by popular demand is the Rotten Romans, Naughty Normans and Victorious Victorians family guided walk led by Aggie, the rather gruesome Colchester Castle gaoler’s wife.

And to top off the perfect stay the Mercury Theatre is staging Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s  Stick Man Live between Monday 22 October and Wednesday 24 October.

For more details of all these activities and more head to visitcolchester.com.


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.