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Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village
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Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Free range family fun in the Farm Park with all weather activities; farmyard friends, soft play, outdoor adventures, tractor & trailer ride, miniature train and more. Plus 60+ Craft Village shops & studios to discover.

 
 
Blakes Wood

Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AU

 
 
Bobbit's Hole Nature Reserve

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ

A small nature reserve of approx 2 acres with a small pond. Used by local groups, schools etc for educational purposes. Also by general public to view flora & fauna

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

One of Europe's finest zoos; with over 260 species and 50 daily displays including the chance to feed elephants and giraffes yourself!

 
 
Blakes Wood

Off Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2

Owned by the National Trust, Danbury Commons and Blakes wood encompass a large expanse of heathland, gorse and coppice, in addition to woodland.

 
 
Epping Forest Visitor Centre
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Paul's Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AE

 
 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

Nature reserve-125 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair access, bird hides, gift shop and visitors centre. Friendly atmosphere. Regular events for adults and children. Hot and cold drinks available.

 
 
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
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Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT

A warm welcome will always greet you at Hanningfield reservoir visitor centre.The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and offers superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir.

 
 
Hatfield Forest

The National Trust, Hatfield Forest Estate Office, Takeley, Essex, CM22 6NE

Hatfield Forest is a rare surviving example of a Medieval Royal Hunting Forest. It has wonderful ancient trees which are like magnificent living sculptures. Visit the shore of the lake & find all the facilities you need.

 
 
Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

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

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy is the leading Bird of Prey centre in Essex offering experience days, school visits, static and flying displays.

 
 
Lee Valley Park Farm
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Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

Go wild at Lee Valley Park Farms! Meet all the animals from cuddly sheep to the loveable meerkat family. Explore the fantastic indoor and outdoor adventure play areas where the kids can go whooshing down the slopes on our toboggan run.

 
 
Marsh Farm Country Park
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Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP

With 50 Acres of Magical Fun for Everyone, have a fabulous family day out at Marsh farm. Take part in many of the animal interactions and shows, including Pesky Pets Show, Pony Grooming and meet a Pet.

 
 
Northey Island

Northey Cottage, Northey Island, Maldon, Essex, UK

Small Island in the Blackwater Estuary with a large area of undisturbed salt marsh. Site of special scientific interest. Site of the Battle of the Maldon in AD991. Guided tours by prior arrangement.

 
 
www.omdfarm.co.uk
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Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY

An award winning Educational Farm Park in the Essex Countryside on the outskirts of east London with farmyard favourites and exotic animals plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities. Open all year round.

 
 
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Broadlands, Broadley Common, Nazeing, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2DH

Redwings Ada Cole is home to around 70 horses, ponies and donkeys. Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot drinks and tasty bakes from the café.

 
 
RSPB Bowers Marsh

Chruch Road, Bowers Gifford, Essex, SS7 5BN

Bowers Marsh is an ancient landscape alive with the sights and sounds of wildlife. This grazing marsh has played a vital role in the lives of people and wildlife for centuries.

 
 
Copt Hall

Little Wigborough, Essex, UK

Situated on the remote and attractive Blackwater Estuary, they are part of the Blackwater site of Special Scientific Interest. The salt marshes are rich in overwintering wildfowl and wading birds.

 
 
RSPB Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve

1 Old Hall Lane, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Maldon, Essex, CM9 8TP

An opportunity to see an abundance of coastal wetland bird species in their natural environment.

 
 
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