Colchester Facilities

Essex Business School

Located in the heart of Britain’s oldest recorded town, our Colchester Campus is the ideal location from which visitors can explore the local heritage and history, attractions and outdoor pursuits. Whether you are spending the day with us at a conference or meeting, or are staying with us for a night or more, our Colchester location offers a vast range of culture and entertainment that can be enjoyed by all ages.


Our Colchester facilities include a number of different on-site amenities to ensure that your time with us is as comfortable as possible, whether you are visiting us for the day or staying with us for a month.

On-site amenities include:

  • ‘The Store’ – our on-campus shop that stocks the essentials
  • The Copy Centre – get documents printed or photocopied
  • Waterstones bookshop
  • Barclays bank
  • Lloyds bank
  • Launderette
  • Post Office
  • Nursery
  • Library

Food and Drink

At our Colchester Campus, guests of Event Essex are invited to dine at one of our eight different restaurants, all of which are on campus and are within easy walking distance of our accommodation and meetings, training and conference facilities.

Alternatively, you can grab a snack at one of six food-to-go quick-service outlets.

Fancy a pre-dinner drink or a late-night snack? Visit one of our two on-site bars for good food and drink served in a relaxed atmosphere.


Our Colchester Campus offers a wide range of on-site indoor and outdoor facilities, including the recently opened £12m Essex Sport Arena, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Gym, fitness studios and more.

During your stay with us, our experienced staff are always on hand to create tailor-made exciting itineraries or organise group activities to meet your requirements, whether you are hosting a sports camp or are simply looking for a fun team-building activity.

  • Work up a sweat in our versatile sports centre and fitness studios.
  • Experience our state-of-the-art Essex Sport Gym, which is equipped with cardiovascular, resistance and weights equipment.
  • Enjoy a game of tennis on our all-weather tennis courts.
  • Choose between a synthetic or a grass pitch for a game of football.
  • Challenge yourself on our range of climbing walls, suitable for all abilities.
  • Take advantage of our unrivalled range of expertly devised fitness programmes, our Essex Sport team offers over 200 fitness classes which include Zumba, Plattlies, Yoga and more!
  • Try one of Essex Sports easy to follow adult sports courses

Download the Essex Sport App here for more information.

Local Attractions

Colchester Zoo

Shop, dine, eat and explore, with over 270 different species to take in at this award-winning zoo. Located just nine miles away from our Event Essex accommodation and meeting spaces, Colchester Zoo makes a great day out for groups of all ages.

Concessions and group discounts are available.


Get your skates on at Europe’s finest rollerskating rink. Have a quick lesson, get on down at the roller disco or enjoy the adult only evenings. Located just three miles from our Event Essex accommodation and meeting spaces, Rollerworld provides the perfect opportunity to let off steam after a busy day of conferences.

Concessions and group discounts are available.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Journey just four miles from our Event Essex accommodation and meeting spaces to explore seven acres of magnificent gardens, nurseries and tea rooms at the historic Beth Chatto Gardens.

Group discounts are available and under-14s can enter for free.

Layer Marney Tower

Within 13 miles of our Event Essex accommodation and meeting spaces, England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower, offers visitors an historic experience with bird’s eye views of the surrounding countryside. Other highlights include the Wildlife Walk, the Tea Room and bottle feeding the lambs.

Concessions and group discounts are available.

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We offer a variety of standard and bespoke catering packages, all locally sourced and of the highest quality.

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Explore Britain’s oldest recorded town or the sea-side attractions of Southend from our ideally located accommodation.

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