Celebrate Essex’s much-loved attractions with us this summer!


This summer there are plenty of reasons to stay local and plenty of ways to have ‘great adventures, close to home’ safely. Essex has everything you could possibly want, right on your doorstep. From 350 miles of incredible coastline to picturesque villages and acres of beautiful countryside. You don’t have to travel far to get a real change of scene.

Find inspiration for your day out by browsing our themes which include many local attractions and destinations that have reopened and look at our tips below for how to visit safely.

Follow up-to-date government guidelines when out and about, and remember that you many need to pre-book your visit in advance. To plan your trip with confidence, look out for the national ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark.

This week we’re encouraging you to tickle your taste buds and indulge in some gourmet dishes Support local businesses and treat yourself. The Essex food scene has something for all palates and budgets.Check who is signed up to the government’s 50% off scheme and take advantage of some excellent discounts from 3-31 August at participating restaurants (Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Follow our social channels for tips and photos and check out our listings below to see who is open when.

Discover new places in your county, create your own adventures, try getting off the beaten track away from the crowds and shape lasting memories this summer.

Stay Local, Stay Safe, Eat Out.

Where can I visit? Discover what is open

Pretty cottages and village church
Discover beautiful villages, take a walk and get out whatever the time of day. Reconnect with your surroundings, relax and recharge.
Take a trip and uncover miles of unspoilt beaches and coastline. Escape the crowds, get off the beaten track and create your own adventures.
rowing boats on river
Green spaces are essential for our mental health. Enjoy Essex’s beautiful managed gardens, country parks and open spaces. Take some time out and experience peace and tranquillity.
A bicycle propped up against a sign
Get Active and try something new. From cycling to water sports Essex has something for you. Boost your physical strength and challenge yourself this summer.
Go wild and explore Essex’s animal attractions including farms, zoo’s, wildlife attractions and theme parks for the perfect family day out.
Audley End
Escape the present and step back in time. Explore the county’s history through some of it’s most important and lesser known heritage attractions.
A boat moored at the quay
Shape new memories and spend quality time with the family with private tours and sightseeing trips.
Plate of fresh fish and seafood
Tickle your taste buds and indulge in some gourmet dishes. Support local businesses and treat yourself. The Essex food scene has something for all tastes and budgets. Check who is signed up to the government’s 50% off scheme.
From well-known shopping destinations, galleries to craft shops. Shelter from the summer rain in inside attractions or from the safety of your home with virtual tours and games.


You don’t have to travel far for a change of scene. 

Why not take a short-break in Essex and explore over 350 miles of coastline, picture-perfect villages and the joy of our beautiful green spaces.

We have a wealth of accommodation providers from boutique bed & breakfast to smart city hotels to suit you whatever your style.

Take a look at who’s open and what changes they have implemented to help you stay safe during your stay this summer.

Top Tips on How to Visit Safely

Summer is well underway and many of your favourite attractions and places are now open, and many more waiting to be discovered.

Before you visit, look at our top tips for enjoying your days out safely.

Remember to:

  1. Check online to see if you need to pre-book a timed entry slot
  2. Check the important facilities like toilets and car parks are open before you go
  3. Make sure you observe up-to-date government guidance and social distancing when your visit
  4. Take hand sanitiser with you and use it regularly
  5. Take face masks with you if you are intending to go into indoor areas or on public transport
  6. Take a bank card as many places are not accepting cash
  7. Where you can leave the car behind and visit nearby places by walking or cycling
  8. Be mindful of the environment, take a bag to keep your rubbish in, and take it home if bins are full or not provided
  9. Look out for the Industry ‘Good to Go’ logo to help book with confidence

When a business displays the ‘Good to Go’ logo, it means they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. This means you can book your trip with confidence.

Stay Local. Stay Safe. Have Fun.

Did you know that tourism is worth £3.4 billion to our local economy in Essex? With lockdown lifting but some uncertain times still ahead, we want to urge residents to support local this summer. One great way of supporting your local businesses is to Eat Out!

Have you heard about the government’s new scheme, which many of our members are signed up to? You can get 50% when you eat out at participating places between 3 and 31 August every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

Here’s to creating some new adventures and shaping incredible new memories this summer.

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