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Adventure Island - Rage

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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.

 
Audley End House and Gardens

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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.

 
Audley End Miniature Railway

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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

 
Windsurfing

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

tel: 01702 612770

Beach Club on Thorpe Bay Beach is a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre and the only ‘Fast Forward’ windsurfing instruction centre in the eastern region.

 
Belhus Woods Country Park

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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.

 
Blackwater Dawn

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Brook End Road (South), Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NX

tel: 01206 853282

'Blackwater Dawn', a traditional Narrowboat, offering public trips on Sundays and Bank Holidays also private charters for that special occasion.

 
Blake House Craft Centre

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Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA

Wander around the prettiest craft centre in Essex, with an eclectic range of shops set around the old farm courtyard. Visit the restaurant, crazy golf, play area, and during the summer, take on our maize maze challenge!

 
Braintree District Museum

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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.

 
Capital Karts

Unit 1 Rippleside Commercial Estate, Barking, IG11 0RJ

tel: 0207 1004412

Capital Karts is home to the UK’s longest indoor go karting track at over 1000 metres, the multi-level track is an awesome driving experience and the karting is suitable for all drivers aged 7 years old and upwards.

 
Central Museum

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.

 
Central Park

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.

 
Chancellor Park

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4BX

tel: 01245 605566

Chancellor Park is a popular park for the Sports enthusiasts. Due to its multi surfaces it is available to use all year round.

 
Chelmsford Museum

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Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ

tel: 01245 605700

Local, industrial and social history from prehistory to present day; fine and decorative arts (ceramics, glass); coins; natural history (geology, animals, live beehive). Exhibitions and events. Set in park with children's play area.

 
Clacton Pier

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Clacton Pier, 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX

tel: 01255 421115

Six and a half acres of fun and entertainment, including outside fairground, amusements, soft play, adventure golf, cafés and take aways, Seaquarium, Boardwalk Bar and lots more for all the family.

 
Colchester Castle Museum

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282939

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

 
Colne Valley Railway

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Hedingham Station, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DZ

tel: 01787 461174

One mile length of line with re-located buildings, large collection of heritage rolling stock, steam and diesel locomotives and miniature and model railways. Special events including Thomas and Santa specials.

 
Combined Military Services Museum

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Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ

tel: 01621 841826

An award winning collection of British military artefacts from the English Civil War to today. Collections focus on the Special Forces, espionage, uniforms, medals, swords, tanks and the Donnington Firearms Collection of over 700 guns.

 
Cressing Temple Barns

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Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD

tel: 0333 0132738

Historically the most important - and dimensionally the largest - of the Knights Templar's Essex landholdings, Cressing Temple is a fascinating medieval moated farmstead boasting the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world.