Essex

There’s more to Essex than reality TV. History buffs will love travelling through time as they start by exploring Roman Britain, and venture through motte-and-bailey Norman keeps, Tudor forts, and finally Victorian country estates and gardens. Essex has more than history though, it’s also got enough shopping centres and spa breaks to help you let go, relax, and enjoy a break from the ardours of modern life. If you’re still not convinced, why not ride one of England’s last running steam train services, marvel at the wonders of science at The Time Machine, or admire the tranquillity and perfection of Essex’s horticultural gardens.

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Take a trip up the historic Naze Tower

Take a trip up the historic Naze Tower

Explore the Naze Tower, an historic 86ft landmark situated on a stretch of coastline at Walton-on-the-Naze.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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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: Grays, Essex

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Love life and live well on a wellness break in Essex

Love life and live well on a wellness break in Essex

This award-winning Lifehouse Spa Hotel, surrounded by 12 acres of historic gardens, is the perfect place for you to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex

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Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

The Gibberd Garden was designed by an uncompromising modern architect, and has been conserved just as he left it – tranquil, artful and beautiful.

Location: Harlow, Essex

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Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

With big skies and exciting wildlife, there’s something for everyone wanting to great closer to nature – from walkers to wildlife enthusiasts.

Location: Purfleet, Essex

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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 Artway routes.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

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Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Dedham, Colchester

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Have a close encounter with Daleks and medieval peasants in Essex

Have a close encounter with Daleks and medieval peasants in Essex

Choose to travel back in time to medieval England in 1066, the toys of your childhood or even WWII (though chances are you’ll want to do all three).

Location: Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

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Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome.

Location: Purleigh, Essex

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Race Ahead with Britain’s Newest Racecourse

Race Ahead with Britain’s Newest Racecourse

As Britain's newest racecourse, Chelmsford City offers you good quality racing and a fun and lively atmosphere.

Location: Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex

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Climb, jump and crawl at Wild Forest Gym

Climb, jump and crawl at Wild Forest Gym

Check out the UK’s 1st Obstacle Training Centre and Natural Movement Gymnasium for adults and children aged 7+.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

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Enjoy a scenic cycle from Saffron Walden to Thaxted

Enjoy a scenic cycle from Saffron Walden to Thaxted

Explore England’s past, as well as the picturesque North Essex countryside, on this cycle route between two historic villages.

Location: Saffron Walden and Thaxted, Essex

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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

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Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

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Mountain Biking in Essex

Mountain Biking in Essex

The new Olympic course at Hadleigh Farm promises more than enough to challenge the best riders in the world.

Location: Hadleigh, Essex

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Adrenaline fuelled sports at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Adrenaline fuelled sports at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Get your adrenaline pumping with an action packed day at Lee Valley White Water Centre; tackle the rapids that Team GB won Gold and Silver on.

Location: Waltham Cross, 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

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Take a seaside break 50s style

Take a seaside break 50s style

Discover this iconic English seaside resort that people have been holidaying at since 1871 when the barrel organs on the pier first whirred into action.

Location: Clacton on Sea, Essex

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