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Outdoor Event, Sat 1 - Sun 2 Apr 2017, free entry


Town Centre,
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Excitement is building for Essex’s first ever Big Weekend, when hundreds of residents will be able to visit some of the county’s finest tourist attractions for free.
Organised by Visit Essex, the Essex Big Weekend is designed to encourage residents to rediscover the amazing things to see and do in their home county - and to then spread the word about them.
The event will see attractions across the county donating free tickets or experiences for residents to use on 1st and 2nd April 2017. Residents can bid for available tickets to as many attractions as they wish from 16th February at www.essexbigweekend.co.uk, and two tickets per household will be allocated by ballot to the lucky winners (some family tickets will be available as well).
Dozens of attractions have already donated free tickets for the fun-filled weekend, and activities include tours, family days out and adrenaline-fuelled experiences.
Visit Essex Tourism Marketing and PR Manager Carol Jolly said: “We are thrilled with the keen response to the 1st Essex Big Weekend from local businesses – over 40 have signed up so far, donating over 2,000 tickets!
“The Big Weekend is ideal to kick-start the tourist season, but it’s also a great way to reignite excitement for the county amongst those who should be its biggest advocates – Essex’s residents.
“It’s very easy to forget or miss entirely the wonderful, unique and heart-warming attractions – big and small – right on our doorstep. We want people to use this weekend to get out and about in Essex and spread the word about the fantastic places to visit and visitor attractions we have for all ages.”
The Big Weekend is the first in a series of campaigns planned by Visit Essex to strengthen Essex’s tourism offer.
Every Essex resident aged 18 and over can apply for two tickets to any of the attractions listed.
The Big Weekend is also part of the national English Tourism Week celebrations, organised by VisitEngland to highlight the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.

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Dates Times
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Apr 2017


Free entry

Events at this Venue

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Sat 1 - Sun 2 Apr Visit Essex Big Weekend
Fri 7 Apr Naomi’s Wild & Scary Tour!



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  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups