***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

Weddings

A listed Georgian building, the Minories is one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

The site houses a public gallery, ballroom and café surrounded by a walled garden that contains an 18th Century Gothic folly. The Ballroom and folly are both licensed for wedding ceremonies.

We offer a secluded and unique venue for weddings within the grounds of the beautiful Minories walled garden. The folly is believed to have been built around 1745 and is probably one of the earliest surviving buildings of the Gothic Revival and has been given a Grade II listed status. The garden and Folly are both registered with the Essex Gardens Trust.

Contact us for more information.

The Minories Garden