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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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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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

 
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

 
Conquer the High Ropes at the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Conquer the High Ropes at the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Put on some sturdy boots or trainers and get the adrenaline pumping at this award winning high ropes course.

Location: Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

 
Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

 
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

 
Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

 
Enjoy the sights of picture perfect villages by bike

Enjoy the sights of picture perfect villages by bike

Cycle through the picturesque villages of Coggeshall, Finchingfield and The Hedinghams taking in their historical sights.

Location: Coggeshall, Essex

 
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

 
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

 
Spend a weekend away on a historic sailing barge

Spend a weekend away on a historic sailing barge

Sail away on-board ‘Reminder’, a crewed vintage sailing vessel, for a weekend of relaxation and discovery along the rivers of the East Coast.

Location: Maldon, Essex

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Savvy style from the sea side at Clacton Factory Outlet

Savvy style from the sea side at Clacton Factory Outlet

Whether you’re looking for an everyday ensemble or an outfit for a special occasion, Clacton Factory Outlet brings you irresistible fashion and stylish accessorises for any occasion.

Location: Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

 
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

 
Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

Treat your loved one to a Perfect Partner experience at Colchester Zoo to celebrate a landmark birthday, anniversary or even to propose marriage…

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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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