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:

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.