Summer Garden Parties

Feeling flat after the success of your office Christmas party?

Summer events tend to be more relaxed affairs, a chance to unwind and enjoy the light evenings. For those who enjoy a bit of competition, garden games, such as croquet, can add to the fun. If you are aiming to be outside, weather permitting, it can be an opportunity to invite partners and children, as a thank you for putting up with the long hours.

Of course the ideal food for a summer garden party is a barbecue or hog roast. But you may decide a buffet or canapés is more suitable to the occasion. Whatever your choice, as long as the Pimm’s and Prosecco flows freely!

At Wivenhoe House we have unveiled a garden gazebo for the summer season, set into our beautiful sunken lawn.  It is ideal for a small band to entertain guests adding to the air of optimism as everyone enjoys a welcome breather from the busyness of work.

Garden Gazebo

The Garden Gazebo at Wivenhoe House, located on the Sunken Lawn

With our selection of garden games, suitable for all ages, and an impressive choice of menus from mouthwatering hog roasts to delectable buffets, Wivenhoe House has everything to ensure your garden party goes with a swing and colleagues motivated throughout the year.

For further information please contact our events team on


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.