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The Essex Bucket List

20 things you must do in Essex before you pop your clogs!

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  1. Lee Valley White Water Rafting
    Ever wanted to know what it feels like to be an Olympian? Well you can pretend to be one when you ‘ride the rapids’ at the White Water Centre at Lee Valley – the only purpose built venue for the Olympics, and where Team GB won the canoe slalom in 2012.
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  2. Audley End House and Gardens
    A must (for the whole family!) where history ‘comes to life’. What else is there to say? Just go see, it’s spectacular.
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  3. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
    The oldest surviving in the world! Experience the ‘silent wilderness’ – everyone comments on it – and attend an event where you get to watch the vintage aircraft fly in – just incredible!
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  4. Galvin Green Man
    Green Man one of the oldest pubs in Chelmsford is from the acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin.
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  5. Layer Marney Tower
    Visit the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK!
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  6. A barge sailing the estuary with several people on board
    Step aboard for a relaxing cruise with Topsail Charters. Today only a handful of these vessels survive.
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  7. Dedham Vale
    Walk in Constable’s footsteps and sit in the exact spot where he painted ‘The Haywain’. The scene today is exactly as it was back in 1821.
  8. Seal Watching, Burnham-on-Crouch
    As well as the Walton backwaters, you can also venture out by boat from Burnham-on-Crouch to Foulness Island – both seal watching trips are amazing.
  9. A lady feeding racoons at the zoo
    Step into the boots of a Zoo Keeper for one amazing day. One of the largest Zoos in Europe and Essex’s most visited attraction.
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  10. New Hall Vineyard grapes
    Now it would be rude to leave Essex without having a ‘tipple’! Including the oldest vineyard in the UK and award-winning wines, tour and taste!
  11. Walton-on-the-Naze
    Go hunting for sharks teeth and fossils dating back to the Ice Age! Climb the Naze Tower for stunning views.
  12. Rossi Ice Cream
    Whilst you’re in Southend you can’t leave until you’ve had a Rossi ice cream – hand-made to an Italian recipe in the town since 1932.
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  13. View of RHS Hyde hall gardens
    We are blessed with numerous beautiful gardens from RHS Garden Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto to Marks Hall and Gibberd Gardens, each unique.
  14. Copped Hall
    Copped Hall, a Georgian mansion, is being lovingly restored by a group of volunteers who would be delighted to show you round on one of their tours.
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  15. An exterior shot of a Norman keep with flag flying atop
    Visit Hedingham Castle for a great family day out and a memorable experience. Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful gardens and lakes then take time to explore the 110ft tall Norman Keep.
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  16. Electric Palace Cinema
    CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT. One of the oldest (1911) least altered, purpose-built cinemas in Britain. Write for programme of films (enclose SAE) to Electric Palace Cinema, Kings Quay St, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER.
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  17. Southend Pier
    Jamie (Oliver) and Jimmy (Doherty) love it (they film Friday Night Feast here), and we love it too – Southend Pier the longest pleasure pier in the World – yes really! And you can take a trip on the train to the end and back again, or if you’re feeling energetic, take a leisurely stroll (or sprint) – it’s 1.3 miles long.
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