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Things to see and do in Essex for all

 

Things to Do in Essex

Inspiration for things to do and places to visit in and around Essex. They say that you can't be all things to all people - yet if anywhere is the exception to the rule, it's almost certainly the county of Essex.

Family Fun in Essex

Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Hedingham Castle is surrounded by some dramatic earthworks within the beautiful woodland walk it has both a lake and formal water, it also boast some fine and even rare ancient trees.

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1 North Sea, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1QX
Clacton Pier has rides for all ages, from the classics like Dodgems and The Walzter to our latest attraction the Aqua Blast Lagoon.

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Station Approach, Ongar, Essex CM5 9BN
Step back in time with us and experience the romance of travel in bygone times as you pass through picturesque countryside, beautiful forest and historic towns.

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Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex CO6 2DS
Immerse yourself in a real steam railway museum and get up close and personal to our wide collection of steam trains, diesel locomotives and vintage carriages.

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Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway.

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66 High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that mammoths and hippos used to roam this area?

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Unit 1, Rippleside Commercial Estate, Barking, Essex IG11 0RJ
The UK’s longest indoor go karting track.

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DN
Set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary the reserve offers a sense of real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all.

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Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex CM11 1WT
Providing panoramic views over the 870 acre reservoir. The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and has proved a popular bat roost, with a beautiful carpet of Bluebells in the spring.

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Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Essex Wildlife Trust's Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre is a partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust and Havering Council. Built in Hornchurch Country Park, the centre overlooks the fantastic marshland and reedbeds of the River Ingrebourne Valley.

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Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex SS16 6EJ
Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

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Thorndon Park North, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3RZ
The Thorndon Countryside Centre is situated in Thorndon Country Park. There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted woodland and a landscape of small pastures.

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex CO1 1TJ
A visit to Colchester Castle is better than ever before with interactive displays and star exhibits, like the Colchester Gladiator Vase and Fenwick Hoard of Roman treasure.

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Sunken Garden, Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1EE
Adventure Island is the UK’s number 1 free admission theme park.

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Church Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.

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Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 4LR
Belfairs Woodland Centre was officially opened by BBC Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games on 7 September 2013. The Woodland Centre provides a space for schools, groups and families to learn about south Essex’s fantastic ancient woodlands in an interactive way.

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Broxhill Road, Havering atte Bower, Romford, Essex RM4 1QH
Set in the stunning grounds of Bedfords Park, an historic parkland site of 215 acres, owned and managed by the London Borough of Havering. The nature reserve affords fantastic views over London and into Kent.

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Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength.

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Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, Essex CM24 8SP
Visit the only medieval Castle and Norman Village reconstructed on its original site to exist in the world.

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