Essex

Essex has had its share of reality dramas from Roman takeovers to castles surviving smuggler invasions and secret nuclear bunkers. Follow Boudica's footsteps to Colchester museums standing on former Roman temples. For funfairs and traditional fish 'n' chips cruise the golden mile in sunny Southend. History lovers get their fix of motte-and-bailey Norman keeps, turret ruins and Tudor forts guarding sleepy estuaries in this southeast county. Fresh seafood, cobbled coastal towns, mile-long piers, country parks and tidal islands prove that the only way really is Essex.

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Welcome aboard the longest Essex heritage railway

Welcome aboard the longest Essex heritage railway

Pay a visit to Epping Ongar Railway, and ride on running steam and diesel engines between period stations, through countryside and forest.

Location: Chipping Ongar, Essex

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Stow Maries Aerodrome is a Great War Aerodrome set in the rural Essex countryside.

Location: Purleigh, Essex

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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The ultimate shopping experience at intu Lakeside

The ultimate shopping experience at intu Lakeside

Set against a stunning lake, intu Lakeside offers the ultimate shopping experience and al-fresco dining.

Location: Thurrock, Essex

Shopping and fashion
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Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Tours and trails
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Visit Clacton on Sea

Visit Clacton on Sea

An iconic English seaside resort.

Location: Clacton on Sea, Essex

Seaside resorts
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Discover the Naze seascapes and landscapes

Discover the Naze seascapes and landscapes

Enjoy a day exploring the cliffs, searching for fossils on the beach or admiring the artworks on display in the Naze Tower.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

No other venue provides a better backdrop for young budding explorers than Hatfield Forest.

Location: Takeley, Essex

Forests and woodlands
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At Home with Sir Alfred Munnings

At Home with Sir Alfred Munnings

Spend a peaceful afternoon at Castle House and grounds, one-time home to Sir Alfred Munnings and his wife Violet, and soak up its homely atmosphere.

Location: Dedham, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail

Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail

Take a voyage of discovery around the old port of Harwich and discover a wealth of maritime history.

Location: Harwich, Essex

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard is a great place to experience wine tasting whilst enjoying the pristine rolling English countryside.

Location: Boxted near Colchester, Essex

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Viking raiders used Northey Island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991. Today it’s a lot more tranquil...

Location: Northey Island, Essex

Military history
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Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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Relax and recharge at Lifehouse

Relax and recharge at Lifehouse

Lifehouse is an idyllic escape from daily life, offering spa & overnight stays and wellness packages as well as spa-day options.

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex

Spa breaks and pampering
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Pay a visit to the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm

Pay a visit to the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm

At Old MacDonald’s Farm, you can enjoy the Essex countryside whilst getting to know the farmyard favourites and unusual animals. There are also lots of hills to climb and bridges to cross.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Get the kids active as you explore River Lee Country Park by bike on a circular cycle ride, perfect for all the family on the Farm and Wetland Trail.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

Cycling
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Discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s secret island

Discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s secret island

Spend a day exploring the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Gardens and Parks
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Seal Watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Seal Watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Board the ‘Karina’ for a magical 2 hour trip around Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s enchanting ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Soaring high with unique falconry experiences at Marsh Farm

Soaring high with unique falconry experiences at Marsh Farm

Set in 50 acres alongside the River Crouch, Marsh Farm is more than just a Farm attraction. There are indoor and outdoor play areas so kids can have heaps of fun, whatever the weather.

Location: South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

Countryside pursuits
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A day to remember at Britain’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse

A day to remember at Britain’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse

Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond.

Location: Layer Marney near Colchester, Essex

Wedding celebrations

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