St Andrew's Church
The church is around 5 miles / 15 minutes by car south of Colchester.
Where to eat: The Whalebone 01206 729 307, just opposite the church.
Open from midday at weekends. Food served 6.30-9.30pm, so you can eat before the 8pm concert during the week, and after the weekend 6pm concerts. Closed Sunday evenings.
DESCRIPTION OF CHURCH
Roman River Festival's home church, where the first concert took place. A beautiful, light space with whitewashed walls, the original stone floor and chairs instead of pews.
The most important aspect of the church from Roman River's point of view is the perfect acoustics for chamber music and recitals, but the modern heating system, space in the side aisle, room for a grand piano and easy parking along the road just outside the church also help make St Andrew's one of our favourite festival venues.
The church dates back to the 12th century and the evocative remains of medieval murals can be seen on many walls.