Colchester's Town Hall and Colchester Castle reach finalist stage of Essex Wedding Awards 2019 for the second year running

Both exceptional venues host weddings of all sizes throughout the year


Date issued: 24 October 2018

Both Colchester Town Hall and the historic Colchester Castle have been nominated as finalists in two venue categories, ‘Something Different’ and ‘Heritage’ respectively, at the 2019 Essex Wedding Awards, with the finalists’ awards ceremony taking place in late November this year.

Built in baroque style at the turn of the 20th century, the Town Hall lies in the heart of Colchester's town centre and offers four grand, romantic rooms for wedding ceremonies.

Couples can hire a space for any size of ceremony, from the vast Moot Hall with its high arched ceiling to the ornate, church-like Council Chamber, the bright and intimate Community Room and the traditional Mayoral Suite.

This nomination is the latest success for the Town Hall since it was taken over by Colchester Events Company, following its recent achievement in reaching the top 10 civic halls in the UK to get married.

Colchester Castle also has several impressive spaces, including the ethereal Chapel with its high-vaulted white ceilings, and not forgetting the brand-new Secret Chapel located high on the Castle roof, boasting panoramic views of Colchester from the access walkway, as well as the spacious Charles Gray Room, mainly used for wedding breakfasts. The original stone floors and walls within the Castle itself, as well as numerous hidden staircases and archways are hugely popular for wedding photos with a difference for couples who book Colchester Castle!

Both exceptional venues host weddings of all sizes throughout the year. Since April 2016, they have been managed by Colchester Events Company, part of Colchester Amphora Trading, whose expert Weddings team are on hand to help with every detail of the big day, from music and flowers to legalities and timings. Colchester Events Company are always expanding their portfolio of rooms and venues to offer to customers, and the recent introduction of their Build Your Big Day bespoke calculator and Twilight Wedding offer are just a few examples of how these two venues have become finalists.

Cllr Nick Barlow, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “I am delighted to hear that Colchester Town Hall and Colchester Castle have once again has been listed among the best venues in the county for weddings. Both are wonderful assets to our town, the Town Hall has a sense of grandeur that sweeps you off your feet, and Colchester Castle is unique with its fascinating history and unbeatable location in our stunning Castle Park. It's wonderful to see the two venues reaching their full potential under the management of Colchester Events Company.

“These finalist places are a credit to our beautiful buildings, the attractive town centre that surrounds them and the team who put such hard work into ensuring that a wedding at the venue is always a special, memorable day.”

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