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:

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.