Where will your next meeting be?

Set in rolling countryside, picturesque historic towns and villages and along the county’s 350-mile coastline, our high quality venues are suitable for small meetings and conferences. All venues provide a high quality experience with consistent professionalism for all your conferences and events. There is a rich mix of stately homes, spa hotels, purpose-built conference centres or more unusual venues making sure you have a memorable meet in Essex.

Why not have your next meeting on a Thames Sailing Barge? 

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Why Essex? Here is why...

Make your next conference memorable and choose Essex

From castles to islands, you are in for a pleasant surprise when looking for a unique venue in Essex. Boasting wonderful countryside, the longest coastline of any English county, plus picturesque villages, this unique and diverse county provides a fantastic setting for any event if you're looking for something a bit different.

For historical interests look no further than Ingatestone Hall, a 16th century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. Corporate away-days, seminars and presentations for clients are some of the formats that can be accommodated. How about a meeting or a conference at Layer Marney Tower, the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK? Or Cressing Temple, with two large timber-framed barns built during the 13th century for the Knights Templar. The site is popular for indoor and outdoor events, such as exhibitions and festivals, and caters for up to 250 people theatre style.

Firstsite, the golden business hub in the heart of Colchester, offers a 190-seat raked auditorium, flexible meeting rooms with natural daylight and is ideal for conferences, meetings, presentations, awards and celebrations. And if you're "eco friendly" then The Pod at the CEME Centre is a must. This ultra-modern events and meetings venue offers innovative and flexible solutions for all meeting requirements from its high-tech conference auditorium, to small meeting rooms and outdoor space.

If you enjoy being on the water, why not chose a Thames Sailing Barge for your next meeting of up to 50 delegates? With catering available on board, you can charter the whole vessel for a day while enjoying a trip down the Thames or along the Essex and Suffolk Coast.

Featured venues

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A unique purpose built venue at the centre of the Thames Gateway in a futuristic environment offering great value for money, service and flexibility to host any type of meeting or event.

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Chelmsford City Racecourse offers an incredibly flexible space, catering for numbers from 50-,1000 in the grand stand and plenty of outside space for team building, concerts and bespoke events.

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Firstsite is a contemporary visual arts venue located in the heart of Colchester. The spaces boast natural daylight, free wi-fi and high spec AV equipment. An experienced event co-ordinator will work with you to ensure the success of your event.

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The modern, traditional and innovative event venues offer state-of-the-art audio-visual technologies, including interactive projectors, widescreen monitors and digital document cameras.

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Gilwell Park offers a unique space for any event, combining historic 17th century Grade II buildings with purpose-built state of the art facilities, all set in 108 acres on the edge of Epping Forest.

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Aside from hosting first-class county cricket steeped in history, the ground is the perfect location for your event with a range of facilities available to suit your requirements.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.