Scrooge & Scratchitt, Festive Tea & Tales

Wednesday 18th December

11:30am – 2pm

You will greeted by your costumed Guides, Mr Scrooge and his cousin, Mrs Scratchitt, who will lead you on a tour with tales of Christmas past, present and future.

Mr Scrooge has travelled to Wivenhoe  to escape the festivities in London only to find everyone here is celebrating as much, if not more, than in London.  Hear tales of Christmas food and Christmas traditions alongside stories of Wivenhoe House as we try and persuade Mr Scrooge to get into the festive mood. You will then enjoy a delicious festive afternoon tea.

Sample menu

Cakes & pastries

Clementine meringue cheesecake, White chocolate & chestnut snowman mousse, Rich fruit cake, Bailey’s cream macaron, Apple & cinnamon tart, nougatine crunch, Festive gingerbread

Sandwiches & Bridge rolls

Roast turkey & stuffing mayonnaise, Brie & roast onion chutney, Smoked salmon & dill cream cheese, Egg mayonnaise, spring onion, chive & Dijon butter


Orange & cranberry, Plain dusted

11:30am: Guests to arrive and meet with staff of the hotel and Scrooge & Scratchett
11:45am: A Christmas tales themed tour of the house begins
1:00pm: Festive Afternoon tea is served in the beautiful lounges inside the Grade II listed main house
2:15 pm approx: Guests can depart at leisure or remain in the lounges


£29.95 per person

To book

You can book online here.

Alternatively, call us on 01206 878450

 or email,


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 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.