Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Tourism is worth £3.4billion to our local economy. We’ve missed you and are delighted to announce that some of our businesses are now open or are currently selling tickets for when they re-open soon. Please refer to our list below and check with the venue before visiting as many require purchasing tickets in advance or are only open for takeaway at certain times.

Where can I visit now?

Beth Chatto Gardens

Braintree Village

Escape Live (online experiences)

Marks Hall Estate

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Green Island Gardens

Gibberd Garden

Intu Lakeside

The Warren Estate golf course

Seal Watching Harwich - Private Hire Trips only

Saffron Walden Tourist Information


Where can I buy local produce (takeaway/deliveries)?

Blue Strawberry. Hatfield Peverel

Downham Hall

The Lion Inn, Boreham

Stop the World Cafe, Leigh-on-Sea

Six Bells, Boreham

The Sun Inn, Dedham

Camelia Hotel, Southend

Clacton Factory Outlet

Tiptree Tea Rooms (Tiptree, Heybridge Basin, Saffron Walden & Chelmsford only)

Billericay Brewery

Blake House Craft Centre

Brentwood Brewing Company

West Street Vineyard

Pippins @ Stoke by Nayland Hotel

The Red Cow, Chrishall

Three Shells Cafe

New Hall Wines

English Spirit Distillery

Tuffon Hall


Where can i stay?

Rye Farm Self-Catering - opens 4th July

The Workshop Barn - bookings from 4th July

Holiday Inn Southend opens 4th July


Buy now, enjoy later!

Colchester Zoo - opens 18th June

Audley End House & Gardens - opens 4th July

Audley End miniature railway - opens 4th July

Chelmsford City Racecourse - Car Park Party 31st July- 1st Aug

Le Talbooth and Milsoms in Dedham and Milsoms Kesgrave Hall - open 4th July

Brightlingsea Harbour - ferry trips to East Mersea and Point Clear from 4th July



Strict social distancing measures are still in place, so please keep up-to-date and follow the UK Government guidance to stay alert, control the virus and save lives.

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We will of course continue to support our tourism and hospitality businesses and information for those working in the sector is available on our Industry page. For more information visit the UK Government website and the NHS website.

Thank you for your patience.

Keep safe,
The Visit Essex team