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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 UK's No.1 free admission fun park. There are over 50 rides and attractions to enjoy, which are situated either side of the world's longest pleasure pier in Southend-on-Sea.

 
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 541354/542134

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

 
Fun with the animals at the Farm Park

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Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

tel: 01268 290229

Get ready for free range family fun at Barleylands Farm Park. Say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, meet birds of prey, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride.

 
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

tel: 01376 344123

Wander around the exclusive shops where there really is something for everyone! Once you've looked around, enjoy a bite to eat in Timbers Restaurant or challenge friends to a round of crazy golf.

 
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.

 
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

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

tel: 01255 421115

Six and a half acres of fun and entertainment, including under cover and outside fairground, amusements, side stalls, cafés and take aways, Seaquarium, public house with children's play area 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.

 
Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

tel: 01206 331292

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attractions.

 
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.