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Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 577067, Email, www.firstsite.uk.net

firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

Sentinel Gallery

Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, CO7 9DX, Tel: 01206 827490, Email, www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk

A newly opened art gallery, located in the heart of Wivenhoe. Hosting regularly changing exhibitions of local artists of 2D and 3D, alongside Pru Green's own pottery workshop is a ceramic room of her pots and others with jewellery.

Slamseys Art

The Barley Barn at Slamseys, Blackley lane, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7QW, Tel: 01245 363813, Email, www.slamseysart.co.uk

Slamseys Art runs creative workshops in art, craft and design in a grade two listed barn on a working farm near Braintree. We specialise in printmaking (screenprinting, drypoint, monoprinting and thermofax) and taxidermy

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Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6EX, Tel: 01702 212511, Email, www.southendmuseums.co.uk

The gallery houses some 2,000 works, including works by Constable, Molenaer, Lear and Seago. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions and is the home of the Essex artists open exhibition.

Hylands House and Estate
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Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ, Tel: 01245 605500, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/hylands

Rescued from ruin & steeped in history, Hylands House is a fascinating & beautifully restored country house, dating from 1730. Hylands House is now open to the public every Sunday throughout the year, & on Mondays during the summer months.

Natural History Museum
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High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN, Tel: 01206 282941, www.cimuseums.org.uk

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

Grosvenor Casino

Church Road, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS1 2AL, Tel: 01702 411610, Email, www.grosvenorcasinos.com

Our Southend casino is a stylish and intimate venue, where you can enjoy the thrill of gaming and much more.

Vange Marsh in winter
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Pitsea, Essex, SS13 3JX, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/v/vangemarsh/

Vange Marsh is a mosaic of wetland habitats in South Essex. Fresh and saltwater lagoons attract breeding avocets, common terns, little ringed plovers, lapwings and reed buntings.

Blakes Wood

Off Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2, Tel: 01245 227662, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Owned by the National Trust, Danbury Commons and Blakes wood encompass a large expanse of heathland, gorse and coppice, in addition to woodland.

RSPB Wallasea Island
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Creeksea Ferry Road, Essex, SS4 2HD, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/wallaseaisland

Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.

Hatfield Forest

The National Trust, Hatfield Forest Estate Office, Takeley, Essex, CM22 6NE, Tel: 01279 870678, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest

Hatfield Forest is a rare surviving example of a Medieval Royal Hunting Forest. It has wonderful ancient trees which are like magnificent living sculptures. Visit the shore of the lake & find all the facilities you need.

The Genting Club

Western Esplanade, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend, Essex, UK, Tel: 01702 352919, www.gentingcasinos.co.uk/maxims/casino

For one of the ultimate nights out in Southend visit The Genting Club. Offering all of your favourite casino games.


Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH, Tel: 01376 348867, Email, www.freeport-braintree.com

Look good and feel good with over 85 designer & high street stores at Freeport Braintree. With up to 60%off fashion & footwear, gifts, homeware & accessories–with such great choice & value on offer you’ll never have to pay full price again!

Chelmsford Museums
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Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ, Tel: 01245 605700, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museum

Local and social history from prehistory to present day; fine and decorative arts (ceramics, glass); coins; natural history (geology, animals, live beehive). Exhibitions and events. Set in park with children's play area.

RSPB South Essex
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RSPB South Essex, SS16 4UH, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/s/southessexmarshes

The RSPB in South Essex has a collection of reserves to visit including the RSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden, West Canvey Marsh and Bowers Marsh.

RSPB Stour Estuary Nature Reserve

Harwich Road, Wrabness, Essex, CO12 5ND, Tel: 01206 391153, Email, www.rspb.org.uk

Estuarine nature reserve, with adjacent woodland & views over the Stour. Famed for large numbers of waterfowl in winter & a range of breeding woodland birds in summer, including the nightingale. Easy walking distance from Wrabness Station.

Classic Car Show

The Old Granary, Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge, Essex, SS11 7RE, Tel: 01268 769000, Email, www.battlesbridge.com

5 interesting old buildings housing over 70 dealers in antiques & crafts. On the banks of the River Crouch in a picturesque hamlet, with tea rooms and 18th century pub. Visits to the Classic Motor Cycle Museum on Sundays or by appointment.

Rendezvous Casino Southend

Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2ZG, Tel: 01702 668623, Email, www.rendezvouscasino.com/southend/home

One stop entertainment venue. Buzzing casino, popular Elements Restaurant and private dining room offering international cuisine, ideal for all occasions from intimate dinners to corporate functions.