Wivenhoe is a traditional Essex coastal village that has evolved into a thriving small town of nearly 10,000 inhabitants - a healthy mix of native residents, academics and students from nearby University of Essex, a longstanding artistic community, and London commuters.
Dating back to Roman times, Wivenhoe’s history has always been connected with the River Colne and the fishery, boat-building and yachting industries. It still retains much of that nautical feel, centred around the Sailing Club and local maritime museum the Nottage Institute - one of the VFF venues – which is located on the picturesque old Quay.
The town has a number of shops, restaurants and pubs - many of which host live musical events - a bookshop, advertising services company and business centre, as well as a host of sporting clubs. The Sentinel art gallery also opened recently and has attracted a keen following.
Wivenhoe’s two film societies - Wivenhoe Film Club and Moving Image – are pleased to be taking part jointly in this year’s Village Film Festival, which is generously sponsored by The Mayor’s Fund and several local businesses.