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Admirals Park
Green Flag Award

Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2PL, Tel: 01245 605566

A beautiful town centre park leading into Tower Gardens and West Park, Admirals is one of Chelmsford's most popular parks

 
 
Alderford Street Watermill

Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3XH, Tel: 0774 090 1323, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/alderford-water-mill/

One of the most complete historic watermills in Essex with most of the original machinery. Restored working water wheel. Open weekends in spring and summer.

 
 
Andrews Park

Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 4BX, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/maps/parks

An attractive park area located along Patching Hall Lane, Andrews Park is a popular space for both local residents, school children and visitors.

 
 
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.

 
 
VistEngland VAQAS

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.

 
 
Blake House Craft Centre
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA, Tel: 01376 344123, Email, www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk

Blake House is one of the prettiest craft centres in Essex, home to twenty exclusive shops, Minigolf and maize maze.

 
 
Bobbit's Hole Nature Reserve

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ, Tel: 01255 553610, Email

A small nature reserve of approx 2 acres with a small pond. Used by local groups, schools etc for educational purposes. Also by general public to view flora & fauna

 
 
Bridge End Gardens
VistEngland VAQASEssex Tourism Awards

Bridge End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HR, Tel: 01799 524002, Email, www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

Bridge End Garden was laid out by the Gibson family in the nineteenth century and is open to the public each day free of charge. Recently restored back to its former glory.

 
 
Central Park Lake and Viaduct

Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LU, Tel: 01245 605566, Email

These parks are very popular with office workers and families alike. A great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, relax and enjoy the wildlife.

 
 
Chancellor Park

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4BX, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/maps/parks

Chancellor Park is a popular park for the Sports enthusiasts. Due to its multi surfaces it is available to use all year round.

 
 
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.

 
 
Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park

Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park, B1013, Cherry Orchard Way, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PN, Tel: 01702 318111, Email

Situated in the rolling countryside of the Roach Valley, the 200 acre country park makes the most of it's setting with a mix of open grassland, woodland, a lake, and a network of paths & bridleways.

 
 
Chickney Church

Chickney, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BY, Tel: 0207 213 0679, Email, www.visitchurches.org.uk

This atmospheric and remote pre-Conquest church has a 14th century tower and Saxon nave and chancel

 
 
Clacton Factory Outlet
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Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4TL, Tel: 01255 479595, Email, www.clactonfactoryoutlet.co.uk

Clacton Factory Outlet offers stores with famous named brands in fashion, footwear, home wares, jewellery, books, tents/outdoor equipment and confectionery at up to 60% off high street prices.

 
 
Clacton Pier

1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX, Tel: 01255 421115, Email, www.clacton-pier.co.uk

Six and a half acres of fun and entertainment, including under cover and outside fairground, amusements, side stalls, cafés and take aways, Seaquarium, public house with children's play area and lots more for all the family.

 
 
Copt Hall

Little Wigborough, Essex, UK, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/copt-hall-marshes

Situated on the remote and attractive Blackwater Estuary, they are part of the Blackwater site of Special Scientific Interest. The salt marshes are rich in overwintering wildfowl and wading birds.

 
 
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.

 
 
Debden Barns
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Elder Street, Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3JY, Tel: 01799 544018, Email, www.debdenbarns.co.uk

Debden Barns is a collection of unique businesses located in a beautiful rural setting offering a mix of antiques, homewares, gifts and garden accessories.