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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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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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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