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Colchester, Essex

Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust.

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Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

One of the best value theme parks in the South East with over 40 rides. 

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Amusement & Theme Parks
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Purfleet, Essex

Arena Essex Raceway is a stock car and speedway racing track. Here you can watch amazing racing action, whether it's the contact formula where you'll see the...

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Auto Racing Tracks
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Saffron Walden, Essex

Audley End is one of England's most magnificent stately homes. Built by Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk to entertain King James I. Note: English Heritage mem...

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Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Billericay, Essex

Discover free range family fun at Barleylands. In the Farm Park get close to farmyard friends and join in daily animal activities in the indoor animal barn a...

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Farms
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Basildon, Essex

Everyone Can Climb! Our centre offers sessions for absolute beginners through to experienced climbers on our climbing wall or bouldering area. The starting a...

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Climbing Tours
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

The gallery houses some 2,000 works, including works by Constable.

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Art Galleries
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Southminster, Essex

Land based activities for children and adults. See website for details.

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Other Outdoor Activities
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Brentwood, Essex

Brentwood Karting offers a wide range of karting formats and options. Race on your own, as part of a team, or simply turn up and drive some practice laps.

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Game & Entertainment Centres
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Dedham, Essex

Just upstream from Flatford Mill, the restored thatched 16th century cottage houses an exhibition about John Constable. Set in an area of outstanding beauty.

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Historic Sites
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Tilbury, Essex

Coalhouse Fort had links with centuries of coastal defence, the fort was in operation during the two World Wars.

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Historic Sites
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Colchester, Essex

East Anglia's largest sports and leasure complex. Facilities include a leisure pool with flumes, fitness pool, gym, health spa and squash.

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Health Clubs
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Colchester, Essex

With over 270 species set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, more than 50 daily displays, new undercover soft play complex, 4 adventure play areas,...

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Zoos
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Braintree, Essex

Two of the world’s largest and finest Templar timber-built barns and beautiful grounds with a stunning Walled Tudor Garden.

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Historic Sites
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Danbury, Essex

Part of an old park, wodland, lake with ducks and gardens.

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Parks
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Canvey Island, Essex

The oldest of originally three (known) Dutch Cottages on Canvey Island, this one is dated 1681. It was occupied into the twentieth century until it was made ...

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Speciality Museums
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Colchester, Essex

A working museum representing 100 years of railway. Working signal boxes, restoration shed, locomotives and more.

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History Museums
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St Osyth, Essex

P51D Mustang on display together with other World War II exhibits.

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History Museums
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Loughton, Essex

Visitor Centre for information on and exploration of Epping Forest.

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Forests
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Epping, Essex

Epping Ongar Railway is Essex’s award winning longest heritage railway and the closest to London, running from Ongar to North Weald and into Epping For...

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Rail Services
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Abridge, Essex

Established in 1987 and voted the number one paintball site in the UK, Force 10 Essex offers one of the best paintballing experiences available. With top of ...

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Game & Entertainment Centres
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Rochford, Essex

Force 10 Southend Paintball houses some excellent game zones and featuring some classic paintball missions such as capture the flag. Rumour has it there is a...

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Game & Entertainment Centres
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Chigwell, Essex

At Foxburrows Farm you can see many animals including owls, rabbits, sheep, pigs and many more.

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Farms
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Colchester, Essex

Gnome Magic is an unusual place to visit with a garden that extends into a woodland where around 500 Gnomes, Witches and other creatures dwell.

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Gardens
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Colchester, Essex

Go Bananas is a large indoor adventure play centre. As well as a large play area there is a 3 storey climbing frame, a tiny town adventure for toddlers, a cl...

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Playgrounds
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Chipping Ongar, Essex

Greensted Church is the oldest wooden church in the world, dating from the 11th century.

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Churches & Cathedrals
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Hadleigh, Essex

The remains of a once almighty fortress constructed over seven centuries ago, only the barbican and two towers remain. The country park is made up of woodlan...

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Castles
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Chigwell, Essex

Ancient woodland, lake, farm, nature trail and picnic area.

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Forests
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Billericay, Essex

100 acre woodland reserve, overlooking the reservoir, with nature trails and bird hides.

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Visitor Centres
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Harlow, Essex

Harlow Dogs includes an upstairs restaurant and bar, and a downstairs bar whilst you watch the races.

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Dog Tracks
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Colchester, Essex

330 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland.

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Parks
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Chelmsford, Essex

A beautiful grade II listed neo-classical villa set in over 500 acres of parklands and gardens.

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Historic Sites
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Brentwood, Essex

3 storey ex-government regional HQ, buried 80ft underground. Features include a kitchen, dorms, power, filtration, plotting floor, government administration ...

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Historic Sites
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Thurrock, Essex

Lakeside Karting offer a wide range of karting formats and options. Race on your own, as part of a team, or simply turn up and drive some practice laps.

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Auto Racing Tracks
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Colchester, Essex

Tudor building with the tallest gatehouse in Britain.

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Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

We are a family run Pottery Painting and Craft Studio based on London Road, Leigh-on-Sea (Half way between Waitrose and Chalkwell Park and opposite the Tesco...

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Paint & Pottery Studios
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South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

All your farmyard favourites with tractor & trailer rides plus extensive indoor and outdoor play areas. There is also a restaurant, gift shop, milking de...

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Farms
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Abridge, Essex

Since 1987, Mayhem Paintball have been entertaining fun-loving ballers from the London area and beyond - from local celebrities to Arabian royalty. With 16 p...

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Game & Entertainment Centres
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Colchester, Essex

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester is the most active producing theatre in the East of England, and is a vital centre of excellence in the East's growing crea...

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Theatre & Performances
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Stansted, Essex

Experience incorporating Mountfitchet Castle and a Norman Village. Note: As there are numerous animals roaming freely within the grounds, dogs are not ...

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Castles
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Well preserved 12th century Priory housing a museum of the Priory's history and a historic collection of radios. Set in the middle of a lovely park.

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History Museums
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Rayleigh, Essex

Rayleigh Karting Stadium is the longest indoor circuit in Essex with racing for between 1 and 100 Drivers. No experience necessary here and it's the nearest ...

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Game & Entertainment Centres
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Roydon, Essex

Redwings Ada Cole is home to around 70 horses, ponies and donkeys, including handsome Gelderlander Zippy, cheeky donkey Del Boy and lovely little Shetland ma...

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Other Ranches & Farms
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Waltham Abbey, Essex

300 years of secret history, combined with 175 acres of natural parkland, historic buildings and structures.

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Historic Sites
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Purfleet, Essex

Rainham Marshes is a fantastic day out for all the family! You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year, and get close to the amazing wildl...

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Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Come close to the wonders of marine life.

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Aquariums
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

13th/14th century timber-framed moated manor house with Tudor additions.

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Architectural Buildings
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Southend Marine Activities Centre has a range of watersports and other outdoor activities. It also has an outdoor educational centre offering courses to both...

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Sports Camps & Clinics
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.3 miles. Since a fire struck in 2005, the end of the pier doesn't have many features but the rai...

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Piers & Boardwalks
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Braintree, Essex

The Original Great Maze changes each year, the maze is made of crops and stands at 8 feet (not open all year round).

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Other Outdoor Activities
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Tilbury, Essex

The best and largest example of 17th century military engineering in England. Trace the history from Henry VIII up to World War II.

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Historic Sites
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South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

Tropical wings is a wildlife centre with a massive selection of different animals. You can see the keepers feeding the wallabies, lemurs and meerkats, an ind...

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Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Walton on the Naze, Essex

Take a ride on the Red Baron, be thrilled on the Waltzer, release that road rage on the Dodgems or strike it lucky in the Tenpin Bowling Centre. Walton Pier ...

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Piers & Boardwalks
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Basildon, Essex

120 acres of meadow, woodland, ponds and marshland. There is also a motorboat museum, craft shops, children's playground, historic buildings and miniture rai...

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Parks

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