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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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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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

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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

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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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Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, 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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Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm is more than just a farm attraction. Kids can have heaps of fun whatever the weather with indoor and outdoor play areas.

Location: South Woodham Ferrers, 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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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

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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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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

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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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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 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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Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, 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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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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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

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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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