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Search and discover some great things to do in Essex.

Search and discover some great things to do in Essex.

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Bourne Mill

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Address: Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8RT
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Phone: 01206 549799
A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century. » More Info

Tiptree Jam Museum & Tea Room

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Address: Factory Hill, Tiptree, Essex CO5 0RF
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Phone: 01621 815407
The Tiptree Jam Museum holds the John Wilkin Collection. It is a great place to trace the history of Wilkin & Sons and Tiptree preserves, find out more about village life in Essex, and of course to find out all about jam-making. » More Info

West Street Vineyard

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Address: West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS
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Phone: 01376 563303
West Street Vineyard brings the New World wine experience to East Anglia at the boutique micro-vineyard in Essex. » More Info

Promenade Park

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Address: Park Drive, Maldon, Essex CM9 5JQ
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Phone: 01621 854477
Located on the sloping bank of the river Blackwater, Maldon's Promenade Park has been a popular leisure location for over a hundred years. » More Info

Belhus Woods Country Park

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Address: Romford Road, Aveley, South Ockendon, Essex RM15 4XJ
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Phone: 01708 865628
Over 300 acres in South Essex, Belhus Woods Country Park combines ancient woodland, kid's play area, meadows and lakes with a visitor centre and café. » More Info

Essex Outdoors Harlow

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Address: Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QS
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Phone: 01279 620270
Essex Outdoor Harlow is our oasis of urban adventure, a small and friendly site offering an amazing amount of activities and excitement. » More Info

Braintree Village

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Address: Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree, Essex CM77 8YH
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Phone: 01376 348168
Enjoy up to 60% off at over 80 stores every day of the week. » More Info

Romford Shopping Hall

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Address: 43 Market Place, Romford, Essex RM1 3AB
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Phone: 01708 740492
With over 40 family owned businesses, 5 places to dine including 2 traditional cafes, Pie and Mash, Oriental and Carvery you will be spoilt for choice for a quick bite! » More Info

Cudmore Grove Country Park

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Address: Broman's Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8UE
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Phone: 01206 383868
A nature reserve of over 102 acres of unique coastal landscapes and habitat and heritage overlooking the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries. » More Info

Great Notley Country Park

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Address: Great Notley, Braintree, Essex CM77 7FS
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Phone: 0333 013 2900
Home to Essex's longest play trail and Sky Ropes, Great Notley Country Park offers the perfect family day out. » More Info

Colne Valley Railway

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Address: Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
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Phone: 01787 461174
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, almost a mile long, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. » More Info

Cressing Temple Barns

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Address: Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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Phone: 03330 132738
Experience a unique piece of history at the 13th century, Knights Templar Barns, complete with Tudor walled garden and Tiptree tea rooms. » More Info

High Chelmer Shopping Centre

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Address: 15A Exchange Way, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1XB
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Phone: 01245 260755
High Chelmer Shopping Centre has over 80 stores, services and eateries all under one roof, ranging from well-known brands to smaller independent retailers. » More Info

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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Address: Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
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Phone: 01245 402019
From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength. » More Info

Grange Barn

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Address: Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1RE
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Phone: 01376 562226
One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbey. » More Info

Lazybones Markets

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Address: Belton Way, Leigh on Sea, Southend on Sea, Essex SS9 2ET
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Phone: 07956 826730
Lazybones have been running markets and car boot sales for over 30 years. Having started life as traders, we understand what it takes to make a market great. » More Info

Dedham Art & Craft Centre

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Address: Brook Street, Dedham, Essex CO7 6AD
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Phone: 01206 322666
Dedham Art & Craft Centre is situated in the heart of Constable Country on the Essex/Suffolk border. Housed in a converted church in this popular village, the Centre exudes historic charm and is the perfect place to visit, shop and eat. » More Info

Greenwoods Hotel & Spa

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Address: Stock Road, Stock, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 9BE
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Phone: 01277 829990
Escape the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy a visit to Greenwoods Hotel & Spa. » More Info

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa

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Address: Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex CO6 4PZ
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Phone: 01206 262836
Whether you’re looking for a hotel break, a relaxing spa day or a round of golf on one of our two championship courses, we have something for everyone at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. » More Info

Essex Outdoors Mersea

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Address: Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8SX
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Phone: 01206 383226
With over 60 acres of beautiful grounds and commanding far-reaching views across the estuary, Essex Outdoors Mersea offers many thrilling outdoor adventures. » More Info

The Mistley Kitchen

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Address: High Street, Mistley, Manningtree, Essex CO11 1HD
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Phone: 01206 391024
The Mistley Kitchen is a well renowned cookery school located in a fine Georgian Town house in the ancient port village of Mistley and offers one-day recreational hands-on cookery workshops for up to 12 participants. » More Info

Layer Marney Tower

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Address: Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex CO5 9US
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Phone: 01206 330784
England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. » More Info

The Headgate Theatre

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Address: 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT
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Phone: 01206 366000
This well-equipped "little gem of a theatre" in Colchester Town Centre has been welcoming visiting amateur and professional groups onto our stage since 2002. » More Info

Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Clacton Road, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex CO7 7DB
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Phone: 01206 822007
World renowned gardens and extensive plant nursery created by award-winning plantswoman Beth Chatto OBE, near Colchester in Essex. » More Info

Essex Outdoors Bradwell

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Address: Waterside Road, Bradwell Waterside, Bradwell on Sea, Southminster, Essex CM0 7QY
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Phone: 01621 776256
Our Essex Outdoors centre at Bradwell is a coastal outdoor education centre, based on the River Blackwater Estuary, a lovely stretch of sheltered tidal water on the east coast of Essex. » More Info

Poplar Miniature Railway

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Address: Poplar Nurseries, Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
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Phone: 01206 210374
Poplar Miniature Railway runs steam hauled miniature train rides through the landscaped gardens of Poplar Nurseries at Marks Tey near Colchester. » More Info

Lee Valley White Water Centre

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Address: Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB
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Phone: 03000 030 616
You’ll find gallons of fun at Lee Valley White Water Centre, from white water rafting on the Olympic course to family paddling on our lake. » More Info

Poplar Nurseries

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Address: Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
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Phone: 01206 210374
Being long established in the growing of plants and with roots running three generations deep, Poplar Nurseries has evolved to become one of the leading independent garden centres, renowned for its wide range of plants and customer service. » More Info

Lakeside Karting

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Address: Arterial Road (A1306), West Thurrock, Purfleet, Greater London RM19 1EA
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Phone: 01708 863070
Lakeside Karting host the South East's largest and fastest outdoor go karting race track, suitable for adults and junior karting enthusiasts of all skill levels. » More Info

Mangapps Railway Museum

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Address: Southminster Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex CM0 8QG
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Phone: 01621 784898
Mangapps Railway Museum is a privately owned working railway and museum established on a farm at Burnham on Crouch, Essex. » More Info

Museum of Power

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Address: Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
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Phone: 01621 843183
The Museum, a unique and fascinating experience for all the family, is located at Langford, near Maldon, Essex and is easily accessible from the A12. » More Info

Adventure Island

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Address: Sunken Garden, Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE
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Phone: 01702 443400
At Adventure Island, it’s your day, your way! We grant everyone free entry to our park. Yes, free entry, no catches! » More Info

Audley End House and Gardens

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Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF
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Phone: 01799 522842
As one of the greatest sights of East Anglia, with a spectacular stately home and outstanding, spacious grounds, Audley End House and Gardens has got something for all of the family. » More Info

Dedham Vale Vineyard

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Address: The Vineyard, Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex CO4 5TS
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Phone: 01206 271136
Dedham Vale Vineyard is set in 40 acres of vines, woods and pasture on the edge of the Dedham Vale, an area of outstanding natural beauty. » More Info

Clacton Shopping Village

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Address: Stephenson Road West, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 4TL
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Phone: 01255 479595
At Clacton Shopping Village you will find a wide range of individual stores with discounts of up to 60% off high street prices! Welcome to Priceless Shopping! » More Info

East Anglian Railway Museum

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Address: Chappel Station, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex CO6 2DS
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Phone: 01206 242524
For over 50 years the East Anglian Railway Museum has been transporting visitors of all ages back in time to discover the unique history of the region’s railways. The site covers over 10 acres. » More Info

Colchester Zoo

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Address: Maldon Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL
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Phone: 01206 331292
During your visit to Colchester Zoo, you will see many species from around the world and can learn more about them at our fantastic daily encounters. » More Info

Firstsite

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Address: Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
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Phone: 01206 713700
See the world differently - experience the very best art and culture from around the world that inspires, empowers and opens your mind. An international gallery and creative community space, Firstsite is open all year round, for free, for everyone. » More Info

Brentwood Karting

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Address: The Raceway, Brentwood Leisure Park, Warley Gap, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3DP
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Phone: 01277 260001
Brentwood Karting host the South East's widest and most accessible outdoor go karting race track, suitable for adults and junior karting enthusiasts of all skill levels. » More Info

Orsett Hall

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Address: Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
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Phone: 01375 891402
Situated in beautiful countryside Orsett Hall is a stunning 4 star Hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens with 56 luxurious bedrooms, 5 bridal suites, chapel, elegant function rooms, on site hair salon, a spa and a gym. » More Info

Southend Pier & Railway

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Address: Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1EE
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Phone: 01702 212534
Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, extending more than a mile into the Thames Estuary. It is a very popular attraction and major landmark in Southend on Sea. » More Info

Mountfitchet Castle

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Address: Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, Essex CM24 8LY
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Phone: 01279 813237
Mountfitchet Castle is a multi-attraction incorporating Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, House on the Hill Museum and Dinosaur Encounters including our New Animatronic Dinosaurs that arrived May 2024! » More Info

Matching Village Hall

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Address: Slate Cottages, Matching Tye, Harlow, Essex CM17 0QS
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Phone: 01279 731312
Many local organisations now use the Village Hall on a regular basis and cover activities such as karate, ballroom dancing, pre-school, dog training, yoga and also our very successful monthly Farmer's Market. » More Info

Barleylands

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Address: Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
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Phone: 01268 532253
Barleylands in Billericay, Essex is home to a range of farm animals, reptiles, birds of prey, craft studios, services and restaurants. » More Info

Marsh Farm

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Address: Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5WP
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Phone: 01245 321552
Meet the animals, feed the birds in our walk through aviary, cuddle the pets, groom a pony, sample some of our delicious freshly prepared food, play in our extensive indoor and outdoor play areas, jump on our bouncy pillows or catch an amazing show. » More Info