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5 Essex Summer Party Venues

With lockdown restrictions easing, party planning is in full swing. We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of parties being planned for this summer, to celebrate families and friends reuniting and making up for lost time.

We’ve found one common theme in our influx of enquiries; our customers are on the hunt for unique party venues to hire! After over a year of looking at the same four walls, people are looking for something unique to wow their guests and fully immerse them in the summer party of the year (immersive events link).

Choosing the right venue is one of the most important aspects of party planning, and will set the tone for the rest of your event.

As one of the most popular locations in the country for weddings and parties, Essex is accessible from London and offers an array of stunning locations to host a showstopping event. Whether you're looking for a rustic barn, stately home or countryside escape, Essex has it all when it comes to picture-perfect party venues.

We explore the top 5 Essex venues to host a summer party that will really wow your guests.

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West Street Vineyard, Colchester

This secluded and private venue is perfect for any party. The vineyard is family owned and managed giving it that special personal touch. The beautiful Vineyard overlooks River Blackwater and the surrounding countryside.

West Street Vineyard can easily accommodate 120 guests for a BBQ or grazing table (Grazing tables link). The vineyard produces its own wines which are paired with deliciously fresh, locally produced foods, making it a truly sustainable venue.

The Vineyard has an indoor area with a stunning terrace overlooking the countryside. This venue makes you forget you’re in the UK and become completely immersed in your summer party.

Hedingham Castle, Halstead

Hedingham Castle is over 900 years old and boasts two magnificent buildings, the Norman Castle and the Georgian country house. Between them, they have serval dining rooms, two dance floors and plenty of green space to host your event should you prefer to have an outdoor party.

The Castle is at the heart of 160 acres of grounds meaning there is plenty of space to choose from, with a magnificent five-floor castle as your backdrop.

Each indoor area is stunningly different to the next and include:

- A 900-year-old, 1120’s Tapestry room and unique Garrison nightclub - A 1720’s dining room and silk lined Ashurst room - A 2020 glamorous Tulip Marquee

Hedingham Castle also has accommodation for those guests travelling from afar. Their onsite lodge and cottages are located at the bottom of the drive and make this venue the perfect place to get lost at your summer party.

Puttshack Lakeside

Whilst an indoor golf arena might not be the first venue you'd consider for an upscale party, the Puttshack is an amazing and unique venue that has the perfect versatile space. Recently refurbished, it is modern and sleek, whilst being a fun and quirky venue that your guests will never forget.

Puttshack is the ultimate indoor mini-gold arena. There are 4 golf courses to choose from, or you can hire the whole venue and celebrate your summer party exclusively with your friends and family.

The venue has all the latest tech installed on its courses, allowing guests to experience an immersive and upscale event. This venue has quickly risen in popularity as a young and fun venue for all events since it was built a few years ago.

The venue is easy to reach and can host up to 250 on a part hire or 750 for complete venue hire for your summer party.

The Barns – Lodge Farm

The Barns at Lodge Farm is a beautiful countryside escape just outside of London. Acres of stunning farmland make this unique venue a hard one to forget.

The family-run venue has 6 key spaces to choose from for your summer party including:

- The Granary - The Grain Store - The Bar - The Old Workshop - The Yard - The Field

Each one is superbly unique boasting an elegant mix of rustic and modern spaces. If you’re looking for a summer party venue with photo opportunities, The Barns at Lodge Farm will not disappoint! This place gets you lost in your surroundings and your guests won’t be able to help getting lost in their truly unique surroundings.

The venue only takes on a limited number of events each year to ensure they’re offering first class service, ensuring your event gets the attention it deserves.

Chalkney Water Meadows

This is the perfect hidden gem in Essex for your summer party.

Chalkney Water Meadows is secluded in woodland and immediately makes you forget the outside world. The special thing about this venue is its three linked giant tipis that are surrounded by lakes, woodlands, and wildlife.

The three linked giant tipis can seat up to 200 guests, so are perfect for those larger summer parties and are sure to truly wow your guests.

There is even glamping available in luxurious “Nomadic” bell tents and lakeside cabins so guests travelling needn’t worry about making their way home. Spending a night under the stars are another added uniqueness to this summer party venue.

Chalkney Water Meadows is certainly one to remember with their hog roasts and pizza ovens, coupled with wood-fired hot tubs and a night under the stars.

It doesn’t get much more immersive than this with the surrounding wildlife and trickling lakes this one will be hard to forget.

Looking for more unique venues? Check out our Unique Venues in the UK.

If you’re looking do the perfect Essex venue to host your summer party get in touch with our team. We would love to help!

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