Planning a Party in 2021?



Planning a Party in 2021?

What should you look for in a venue when planning a party in Essex?

So you’re planning a party, something that’s either too big or too formal to hold in your home. Perhaps it’s to celebrate an engagement or milestone birthday? Or it might be to acknowledge a colleague’s retirement or a special couple’s anniversary.

Whatever the reason for your party, it’s important to note that choosing the right venue is very important. There are a few questions you should ask and considerations you should make before setting your heart on one function room or venue:


How many people are likely to be coming to your party? You need to make sure that your chosen venue is large enough to accommodate everyone with ease. However, it’s just as important that the function room isn’t too large as the last thing you want is a massive space devoid of any atmosphere.

Here at The Chichester Hotel, our rooms can work for numbers from 25-70 in our Stable Inn ,up to 100  in our Essex Barn, right through to 200 in our Chichester Suite.

Remember too that if you are planning a sit-down meal or buffet before a disco or band, the room maximums will vary.

Is there a bar in the room?

Anyone who has been to a party where the bar is separate to the main room will know how easy it is for your guests to fragment into two groups. Do you really want half your party to be standing at the bar the entire night whilst the music is playing to an empty room?

Our  Stable Inn, Essex Barn and Chichester Suite have their own private bar.

What about food?

Not every party requires a full three-course meal, so what about a buffet? Cold or hot finger food is always well received and although it will likely cost less to hire a venue that allows you to bring your own, leaving the catering to the professionals is far less time-consuming and stressful. We are an Essex party venue that offers a range of food options to suit all budgets and dietary requirements.

What time does the bar and venue close?

Closing times can vary massively when it comes to party venues, so don’t just assume your chosen function room will be serving drinks until late. Always check before you book. Our function rooms finish at midnight but we can also offer a late licence until 1am.

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, Essex – your ideal Essex party venue!

The Chichester Hotel is the perfect venue for any type of party. Our Chichester Suite can hold up to 200 for non-dining guests or up to 160 for dining guests and our Essex Barn can hold up to 100 for non-dining guests and 65 for dining guests.

Both our event rooms have their own dedicated bar and our talented chefs can tailor a menu to suit your needs, ranging from canapés and multi-coursed meals to finger buffets.

We have plenty of secure parking as well as 36 stunning bedrooms on site.


Want to know more? Please call The Chichester Hotel’s events team on 01268 56055 option 3 or email us on