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East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE

tel: 01206 383868

Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a sandy beach and open grassland, perfect for picnics and great views.

 

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Chapel Lane Car Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP

tel: 01702 551072

Hadleigh Park offers something to everyone, it is both beautiful and diverse with one of the best UK mountain bike courses at its heart.

 

Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP

tel: 01245 222350

A 300-acre country park adjacent to the River Crouch that offers scenic grazing marsh and sea wall walks.

 

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The Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3RZ

tel: 01277 211250

Thorndon Country Park has 500 acres of tranquil woodlands and open park space perfect for exploring the great outdoors. It's also home to the famous Gruffalo Trail.

 

The Avenue, Brentwood, CM1 1QH

tel: 01277 211250

Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.

 

Weald Road, South Weald, Essex, CM14 5QS

tel: 01277 261343 

Enjoy over 500 acres of woodland, lakes, meadows, open grassland and spectacular views at Weald Country Park. The park is famous for its wildlife, including fallow deer, cattle, herons, mallard ducks and other water birds.

 

South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS

tel: 01277 261 343

Visit the Stick Man Play Trail at Weald Country Park for great family fun across our seven areas of interactive themed play equipment.

 

Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH

tel: 01708 748646

The visitor centre is in the middle of the 215 acres of Bedfords Park, open 7 days a week 9-5, 9-4 in the winter. It has a gift shop, seating area and a small cafe offering refreshments.

 

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Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH

tel: 01376 348 168

Discover Braintree Village, an outlet shopping village in the heart of Essex, where over 80 premium aspirational brands such as Reiss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Boss and Radley London can be found at great value, outlet prices.

 

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High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282962

Colchester's Castle Park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events including shows, festivals and concerts.

 

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred Grays, Thurrock, RM16 6RG

tel: 01375 484016

Chafford Gorges visitor centre is set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife and recreation for the 12,500 people living in Chafford Hundred.

 

Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park, B1013, Cherry Orchard Way, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PN

tel: 01702 318111

Situated in the rolling countryside of the Roach Valley at the south of the District, the 200 acre beautiful wildlife park continues to mature, providing unique recreational facilities for residents and visitors to the area.

 

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Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

tel: 01206 282920

The Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2005. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.

 

Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3GP

tel: 03000 030 610

Open since 2004, Gunpowder Park has been reclaimed and regenerated from its former use as a Royal Ordnance munitions testing facility.

 

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London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

tel: 01245 605500

A beautiful Grade II* listed neo-classical villa set in over 500 acres of Repton landscaped parkland and gardens. Diary of special events available. Pre-booked guided tours of house and garden available.

 

Essex Wildlife Trust, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex, SS16 6EJ

tel: 01268 419103

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

 

Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HG

tel: 03000 030 610

The award-winning Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin.

 

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Leisure World Colchester, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH

tel: 01206 282000

Leisure World Colchester is one of East Anglia's largest sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment venues and offers year round fun for all the family. The leisure pool includes outside river rapids ride, water cannons and flumes.