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:

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 CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

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.