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image for Outdoor Event item typeThe Big Sleep Over at Layer Marney Tower

  • Essex Tourism Awards
  • Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Outdoor Event, Thu 27 - Fri 28 Jul 2017


The Big Sleep Over

The Big Sleep Over


Layer Marney,


Not since Tudor times have people slept the night in the Long Gallery at Layer Marney Tower. But, now we are offering you the opportunity to do so. Once the stables for Lord Marney’s horses, with those looking after them bedding down on the floor above. Now transformed for 21st century use, with oak sprung floor and Tudor paneling, but as you drop off to sleep will you hear the stamping of the horses’ hooves, the rustle of straw, or a distant neigh? Was that just the wind in the roof, or was it the creaking of a knight’s armour???

Visitors for the Summer Sleep Over will arrive at 8.00 p.m. and find where they are sleeping. They will enjoy burgers and sausages in the nearby courtyard before a trip to the top of the Tower and listen to some stories…is that the clanking of a long dead knight you can hear coming up the stairs or just the wind rattling the Tudor windows? Play some games. Followed by a night walk, keep very quiet, what can you hear in the dark? What can you see as your eyes get used to the dark? No street lights at Layer Marney so, clouds permitting, prepare for a spectacular view of the stars. Half way round the night walk, stop off for a bonfire and toast a few marshmallows, you might like to sing some campfire songs, before making your way back to the Long Gallery for a midnight feast of hot chocolate and flapjacks, play some board games before settling down for sleep, if you can… Awake to the aroma of bacon butties and gather your things before you tuck into the butties and make your way home at 8.00 a.m.

A few rules and regs:-

No one under 16 unless accompanied by an adult
No groups larger than 5 people
Only 35 tickets available – first come first served
Bring your own sleeping bag and sleep mat
Everyone will sleep in clothes
Bring wet weather gear and wellington boots
Bring a torch
A member of Layer Marney Tower staff will sleep in the Long Gallery with the group.
No alcohol.
Tickets on 01206 330784 – £28 per person.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 27 - Fri 28 Jul 2017 20:00


£28.00 per person



Plan route to Layer Marney Tower using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 928174  Lat: 51.82194 Long: 0.79613

By Road:
By car: Layer Marney Tower is a 20mns drive from Colchester town centre, off Maldon Road on the way to Tiptree.

The address is: Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex C05 9US

By Bus: The 75 bus from Colchester Town Centre will take you to Smythe's Green, a 20mn walk from Layer Marney Tower.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality