Wivenhoe is a small riverside town, close to the University of Essex, with a history of fishing and boat building. Whilst some of this industry remains, it now has a healthy population of students and creatives giving it a unique character within the borough.

Wivenhoe's small High Street has a collection of independent businesses and eateries, whilst a number of attractive pubs are dotted thoughout the town. You can also find the Sentinel Art Gallery, and Nottage Museum close to the riverside in the town.

The University is located in Wivenhoe Park, between Colchester and Wivenhoe, where the once-criticised brutalist architecture is gaining new-found respect and popularity. The park itself, was famously painted by John Constable, and the juxtaposition of 20th century architecture with scenic countryside makes a visually arresting combination.

Within a morning's walk from Colchester Town Centre, and serviced by a regular rail service, Wivenhoe is a popular destination with walkers visiting Colchester. Take the Town to Sea Trail to Colchester's historic Hythe port, then follow the Wivenhoe trail along the bank of the River Colne. Enjoy a pub lunch, then head back to town on the train or bus. 

Things to do in Wivenhoe

The Sentinel Gallery

A newly opened art gallery, located in the heart of Wivenhoe. Hosting regularly changing exhibitions of local artists of 2D and 3D, alongside Pru Green's own pottery workshop is a ceramic room of her pots and others with jewellery.

Lakeside Theatre

Lakeside Theatre is a hidden gem. We present the best in touring fringe theatre performances, home grown performances, music and local groups. Set in parkland with café, lakes, sculptures and ducks. Twitter @lakesidetheatre

The University of Essex

University of Essex
The University of Essex is relatively self-contained on its Wivenhoe Park campus, with its own theatre, gallery, and the obligatory bars, nightclubs and eateries. There is a large proportion of international students attending the university, with many of them living within the campus grounds, making the grounds a lively and vibrant place to visit.

The grounds themselves are expansive and offer good opportunities for walking and exploring, with first class sports facilities there are also plenty of activities to take part in, and a number of competitive teams to watch in action.

Within the grounds lies the historic Wivenhoe House, a hotel training school which offers on campus accomodation to guests visiting the University as well as Colchester itself.

Stay near the University

The Wivenhoe Trail

One of the most popular walks in Colchester is the Wivenhoe Trail, following the River Colne from Colchester's historic Hythe port, along its banks towards the Wivenhoe Quayside.

You can start the walk from Hythe (Essex) rail station, just a short hop of Colchester mainline station, or extend it by beginning in Colchester Town Centre and following the Town to Sea Trail alongside a section of the river further upstream.

The town to sea trail is marked with waymarkers illustrating Colchester's history, then as the route changes to the Wivenhoe trail, you cross the river next to the permanently moored TS Colne Lightship and continue through the Essex Countryside and local woodland towards your destination.
The Wivenhoe Trail

What's on in Wivenhoe