***COVID-19: Information***



It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.

A message from Max

I know this is heart-breaking news for everyone. I have been personally contacting exhibitors and over the coming weeks in June we will be contacting all of our shop artists to confirm what we have, arrange any outstanding payments and to organise collection.

Please be assured the Minories is still here under the Victor Batte Laye Trust and we will continue to maintain and service the building and keep it safe and secure until the next person takes over.

Yours Max

Venue

The Garden, and some areas of the main building are available for private hire, for business meetings, conferences or training sessions.

The Gardens and Building are also a wonderful setting for wedding receptions, private parties and other celebrations.

Hire The Minories 

Exhibition Space Hire
Garden Hire (Parties and Celebrations)
Private Hire (Parties and Celebrations)
Corporate Hire (Business meetings, conferences and training sessions)
Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions

Contact us for more information.

The Minories Garden

The Gothic Folly has been used for weddings, live music events, outdoor theatre and childrens’ parties.