Transport & Hotel options

We wouldn’t be Tim & Sara if there hadn’t been quite extensive research into all available transport options…

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By Car | By Train| By Bus |Where to Stay


By car to church

Postcode CO6 1UD will get you to the church, but parking in Coggeshall can be a bit tricky. There is on-street parking on Church Street – please note this is a bus route and park considerately. There’s a car park in the village centre, less than 10min walk away along Queen Street/ Church Street.

Please don’t use the Woolpack car park, tempting though it may be.

From church to Chappel

Our reception will be held at the Goods Shed, East Anglian Railway Museum (EARM), Chappel & Wakes Colne Station. Postcode for satnav is CO6 2DS.

To get to Chappel & Wakes Colne by any route involves either crossing or turning right onto the A120 from Coggeshall. Please take care, as it can be a bit confusing. Sara uses this junction several times a day and recommends that you pay attention to traffic that is also turning right that may not be paying attention to the Give Way line on their lane.

EARM is signposted with brown tourist signs from the A120 via Great Tey and from the A1124.

If you’re going to be driving and might be able to offer a lift to people, please let us know when you RSVP.

We suggest if you’re able to arrive and leave on the day by car to use the EARM’s gated overflow car park. If you want to leave cars overnight to pick up on the Sunday, there’s space for about 30 cars on the (unnamed) approach road to the station & museum. There’s no parking charges or controls of which we are aware.

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By train to church

We are hoping that the “currently no engineering work planned” information from Network Rail holds true over the summer and we’re not getting married on a day with a Rail Replacement Bus Service. If it turns out we are, we’re sorry.

Kelvedon is the nearest station to the church. We will have the Coggeshall Community Bus on hand for the journey from Kelvedon to Coggeshall, and from Coggeshall to Chappel & Wakes Colne. Spaces are limited so please let us know when you RSVP if you would definitely like to use this, and for how many people. The reception venue is at Chappel & Wakes Colne station and we’ll be assuming you return by train from there.

London Liverpool Street dep 1104 1138 1202 1238
Stratford dep 1111 1145 1209 1245
Kelvedon arr 1153 1227 1251 1327
Destination Ipswich Colchester Ipswich Colchester
Colchester dep 1143 1212 1243 1312
Kelvedon arr 1154 1223 1254 1323
Destination London Liverpool Street

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Buses to/from Coggeshall

Number 70 buses run between Colchester – Marks Tey – Coggeshall – Braintree every 30 minutes, including a stop directly outside the Marks Tey Best Western hotel. The pdf of the timetable is here (as of 14 May 2019). Buses are operated by First Essex.

Colchester Town Centre,
Osborne Street (Stop Ac)
1140 1210 1240 1310
Marks Tey, opp Best Western 1201 1231 1301 1331
Marks Tey, opp Railway Station 1203 1233 1303 1333
Kings Arms pub 1210 1240 1310 1340
Coggeshall, Church Street 1215 1245 1315 1345
Braintree Town Centre,
(Bus station Stand C)
1203 1233 1303 1333
Coggeshall, Church Street 1222 1252 1322 1352

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Buses to/from Chappel & Wakes Colne

First run the number 88 service between Colchester and Halstead via Wakes Colne.

The timetable is here and the headline info is that buses to Colchester are at the following times:

1807 1903 2003 2203

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Buses from Coggeshall to Chappel & Wakes Colne

And here we hit Rural Transport Problems. There’s no direct bus from Coggeshall to the reception venue; you would need to travel into Colchester or Braintree and back out again.

If you need to get from the church to the venue, you can either tell us you need the Community bus, cadge a lift from someone, or book a taxi.

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If you want to use a cab to get to the church or away from the reception we strongly recommend booking in advance – you will notice the absence of Uber drivers just waiting for you. We can’t personally recommend any of these firms, but those firms we’ve contacted are generally happy to be contacted nearer the time.

The larger firms listed below based in Colchester may be more able to deal with requests at shorter notice and / or have 6 or 8 seaters for groups.

An estimated daytime fare from Marks Tey to Coggeshall is £10-12, and evening fare from Chappel to Colchester is £15-20.

Coggeshall Cars      07376 563047
Coggie Cars            07973385275
Terrys Taxis           07710778121

Panther                  01206 654654
Pink Panther           01206 654 654 (Ladies Cars)
Five and Five Fours 01206 544444
Five Eights             01206 588888

Earls Colne:
Maplestead Cars     07801580465
Earls Colne Cars      07966 206985 / 01787 222238

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Where to stay

We are not holding a block booking anywhere, and there isn’t an obvious place to direct you. There are options to suit all budgets in the area. Here are some suggestions:

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