Explore Essex and create lasting memories for your group

If you are looking for new ideas for your group travel programme, then look no further than Essex.

Our county offers a rich tapestry of everything that makes England great, boasting the second longest coastline in the UK, the oldest recorded town, the world’s longest pleasure pier and over 200 attractions. There is a wonderful collection of old and new, combining modern facilities, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines to create the perfect day trip or short break.

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Enjoying a great day out on the Blackwater Estuary.

Plan your trip to Essex

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Essex is an ideal destination for a day out or short break for groups. Our historic houses, museums, gardens, castles, countryside and coast all offer a fascinating insight into our diverse county. Essex’s open spaces and attractions offer a warm welcome to group visitors and many offer a variety of tours.

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Essex is full of exciting, exhilarating and relaxing activities for groups. Get your adrenaline pumping at Lee Valley White Water Centre, improve your swing at one of over 60 golf courses, have a go at karting or make your own lunch or dinner at one of our cookery schools.

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Whether it's fine dining, 'meals on a budget', a quick 'meal stop', a leisurely lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, Essex restaurants, cafes and tea rooms will not disappoint.

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Essex has over 5,000 bedspaces across the county, and being close to London with great road links it's the perfect short break or holiday destination for groups.

Featured coach companies

Kirbys coaches have been operating for over 69 years. Whichever coach holiday you choose, you can be sure of their usual care for your comfort and enjoyment, careful selection of hotels and carefree travel on their luxury coaches.

Cooks Coaches offer good value for money short breaks and holidays, a comprehensive day excursion programme, and private and contract coach hire. We are a family business having been operating in the Southend-on-Sea area of Essex (40 miles east of London) for over 100 years during which time we have built up a reputation for reliability, honesty and courtesy.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.