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Beach Club, Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2YH

tel: 01702 612770

 

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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.

 

Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ

tel: 01787 460261

In February swathes of snowdrops blanket the moat, and in May bluebells and rhododendrons provide spectacular contrasts of colour and shape.

 

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

tel: 01206 282940

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

 

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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.

 

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP

tel: 01279 813567

Mountfitchet Castle Experience is a multi attraction incorporating Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Dinosaur Encounters.

 

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Southchurch Hall Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2TE

tel: 01702 467671

13th-14th century timber-framed moated manor house with Tudor additions. Period room settings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Exhibition of history of house and manor.

 

Southend Pier (shore end), Western Esplanade, Southend, Essex, SS1 2EL

tel: 01702 614553/611214

Brings to life the fascinating past of the longest pleasure pier in the world. Artefacts, pictorial displays of pier's entertainment, disasters, staff, boats, illuminations and railway. Suitable for all ages. Prior bookings required.

 

Central Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6EW

tel: 01702 434449

Displays of archaeology, wildlife and local history. The only planetarium in Essex, provides a striking illusion of the night sky. Exciting new hands-on Discovery Centre.

 

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The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Gilden Way, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA

tel: 01279 442112

Sir Frederick and Lady Patricia Gibberd’s former home, conserved as they left it and open to the public along with their extraordinary, 7 acre, Grade II listed garden.

 

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Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EE

tel: 01702 443400

Adventure Island is the U.K's No.1 FREE ADMISSION Fun Park. Situated on Southend-on-Sea's famous seafront, we have over 40 fabulous rides and attractions including the outrageous RAGE roller coaster.

 

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Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

tel: 01799 522842

Step back in time and see Victorian life come to life before your eyes at Audley End House and Gardens. You can experience what life was like at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

 

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Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB

tel: 01799 510726

The Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk is a family fun day out near Saffron Walden, Essex full of innocent fun and imagination

 

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Romford Road, Aveley, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ

tel: 01708 865628

Woodland, open grassland and lakes suitable for walking, picnics and fishing. Visitor Centre with refreshments on site. Guided tours by arrangement.

 

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Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6SH

Wander around the prettiest craft centre in Essex, with an eclectic range of shops and businesses set around the old farm courtyard. Enjoy dinner at Timbers Restaurant, visit the play area or challenge friends to a game of Minigolf!

 

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Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW

tel: 01376 325266

This award winning museum is based in the converted Courtauld School and has displays from Crittall steel windows to Warners royal silks, Castle Hedingham pottery to Edward Bawden prints.

 

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ES

tel: 01702 434449

Central Museum houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology. Displays reflect the story of Southend's growth as a major seaside destination and its rich natural history and fishing heritage.

 

Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LU

tel: 01245 605566

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.