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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Join Hedingham Castle for a historical celebration of Magna Carta

Join Hedingham Castle for a historical celebration of Magna Carta

The Magna Carta Celebration Event in June will be an exciting evocation of Hedingham Castle's close involvement in the dramatic events of 1215.

Location: Castle Hedingham, 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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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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Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Come nose to nose with some of Redwings Horse Sanctuary's most delightful residents at Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex.

Location: Nazeing, Essex

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See science come to life at The Time Machine

See science come to life at The Time Machine

Explore the hands on galleries featuring over 50 exhibits, or take part in the workshops with plenty of bangs, explosions and smelly effects.

Location: Harlow, 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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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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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

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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

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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

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Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

The animals may be wild, the kids can run wild, but parents will be delighted at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood, Essex.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

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Discover a new visitor experience at Colchester Castle

Discover a new visitor experience at Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the biggest Norman keep in Britain, in fact, it’s the biggest ever built by the Normans anywhere in Europe.

Location: Colchester, 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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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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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 adrenalin pumping at this award winning high ropes course.

Location: Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

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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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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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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

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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

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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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