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Visit Essex is to here to help tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses to succeed.

Visit Essex is a public private tourism partnership supported by the key tourism businesses across the county, including the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock, the county council as well as district and borough councils.
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Who we are....

Working together for Essex



Tourism is a key economic driver for the Essex economy. Visit Essex’s core aim is to raise the value of tourism to Essex by promoting day trips and short breaks, and ensuring we have a compelling visitor offer that generates income for the county. We do this by being the shop window for Essex tourism businesses, maintaining a high profile for the county through our digital presence, collaborating with travel intermediaries and encouraging collaboration generally between tourism stakeholders, challenging outdated perceptions and being an advocate for high quality products and services with a warm visitor welcome. 

The Visit Essex board consists of a team of tourism professionals with a variety of industry experience who work closely with us and together for the greater good of tourism in Essex. Visit Essex is a membership organisation with a range of levels of engagement, so contact us to find out how you can become involved. We can help you up-skill at one of our regular training workshops, meet other tourism businesses at our popular networking events, or have access to market intelligence and industry updates at our annual tourism conference. For more information about membership and how to work with us, please contact Andrew Poulton, Partnership Manager Email: Andrew Poulton Telephone: +44 (0) 33301 30106


Essex Big Weekend

Essex Big Weekend

Your opportunity to take part in the first ever Essex Big Weekend!

2017 will mark the first ever Essex Big Weekend. It will take place on 1st and 2nd April 2017 in partnership with English Tourism Week

The Big Weekend is all about giving Essex residents the chance to discover – or rediscover – the array of fantastic things to see and do on their doorstep, and encouraging them to spread the word about their county. Attractions and businesses are invited to give away FREE tickets to Essex residents to use on the Big Weekend. Similar events in Kent and Herts generate invaluable word of mouth and repeat visits. In 2016, 71% of Kent Big Weekend survey participants stated that they would visit the attraction again and 85% would recommend the attraction to family and friends.

The submissions process is fully online to make it easy for you to add tickets and amend your attraction information. Register Now to take part! A user guide can be found here.

You can offer as many tickets as you wish and for either or both days of the weekend - full details of how many tickets you should offer, redemption rates and ways for free attractions to take part are included in our FAQs.

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If you were unable to attend our conference on the 8 March 2016, you can download the presentations from this page.

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Visit Essex commission annually market intelligence to help the you keep up-to-date with the latest research carried out.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

The Annual Summer Networking Event took place at Stow Maries on Wednesday 22 June. The presentation from the event can be found here.

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Find out more about the process of obtaining brown tourism signs. What criteria you need to comply with, the cost and the overall process. 

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.