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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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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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

 
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

 
Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Explore Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ book.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

 
Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

firstsite is always free to enter and offers a wealth of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Enjoy active fun for all the family in Essex’s Lee Valley

Enjoy active fun for all the family in Essex’s Lee Valley

Explore the great outdoors on an active family holiday in Essex’s River Lee Country Park, with traffic free bike trails, farm animals and glamping.

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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Colchester, 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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