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Mersea Island

Mersea Island, Colchester, Essex
www.visitmerseaisland.co.uk

Only 8 miles square this charming little island is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of life.

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Cudmore Grove Country Park

Bromans Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE
www.visitparks.co.uk

A little spot of tranquillity on Mersea Island, this nature reserve and sandy beach are the perfect place to simply stop and relax.

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Colchester Zoo

Maldon Rd, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
www.colchester-zoo.com

Gaze into the eyes of a majestic lion or come face-to-face with a humongous komodo dragon at one of the country's most popular wildlife attractions.

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Tropical Wings Zoo

Wickford Rd, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 5QZ
www.tropicalwings.co.uk

Get up close and personal with some of the planet's cutest animals - from adorable wallabies to cheeky lemurs and meerkats.

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Colchester Castle

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
www.cimuseums.org.uk

Europe's largest Norman castle is packed with treasures from Colchester's past - Neolithic pottery, ancient jewellery and the finest Roman vase ever found in Britain.

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East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS
www.earm.co.uk

Relive the glory days of the railway age at this fascinating museum which recreates all the sights, sounds and smells of a classic steam railway.

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Museum of Power

Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA
www.museumofpower.org.uk

Release your inner engineer at this museum which explores all things mechanical from yesteryear - from petrol powered irons to gigantic steam driven water pumps!

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Mersea Museum

High Street, West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex, CO5 8QD
www.merseamuseum.org.uk

For such a small island Mersea has a remarkably rich history, this museum displays archaeological finds and recounts stories from residents past and present.

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Paycocke's House and Garden

25 West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1NS
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

A magnificent half-timbered house that's over 500 years old and that has a fascinating riches to rags story at its heart!

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House on the Hill Toy Museum

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP
www.stanstedtoymuseum.com

Discover over 70,000 toys at this amazing museum including dolls from Roman times, retro robots and those must-have Star Wars toys from the 70's.

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Warner Textile Archive

Silks way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3GB
www.warnertextilearchive.co.uk

This fascinating museum contains a wonderfully comprehensive collection of original designs and fabric samples from leading British textile manufacturers Warner & Sons.

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Anglia Indoor Kart Racing

12 Farthing Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5AP
www.angliakarting.com

Get ready for some serious racing thrills at this kart circuit - race your friends, overtake loved ones or encourage nippers to their first victory!

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Sky Ropes

Discovery Centre, Great Notley Country Park, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7FS
www.visitparks.co.uk

Clamber all over this gigantic climbing frame and overcome its challenging bridges, beams and obstacles for absolutely unforgettable sky-high fun!

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Brightlingsea

Colchester, Essex, CO7 0BP
www.visitessex.com

The vibrant colours of beach huts stand beautifully against the golden sand of Brightlingsea's Blue Flag-winning beach - an idyllic spot!

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Promenade Park

Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
www.visitmaldon.co.uk

Nothing like your everyday park - this one's filled with adventure! Clamber up a pirate galleon, go crabbing or jump into a play pool!

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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
www.bethchatto.co.uk

Over 50 years ago world-famous gardener Beth Chatto, transformed a dismal wasteland into a lush paradise. Today the gardens' stylish design is still a wonder!

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Mersea Island Vineyard

Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Essex, CO5 8SX
www.vineyard.merseabrewery.co.uk

Sample crisp, fresh English wines grown and produced on the picturesque Mersea Island - where legend has it, the Roman's grew grapes 2000 years ago!

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