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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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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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Naze Tower

Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
www.nazetower.co.uk

Climb the 111 steps of this historic tower for the most spellbinding 360° views of the Essex coastline and countryside.

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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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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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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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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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Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier, No 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX
www.clactonpier.co.uk

For traditional seaside fun, Clacton Pier is hard to beat. Ride the retro waltzers, tuck into fish and chips and play those vintage amusement arcades.

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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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Holland Haven Country Park

Holland-on-sea, Claction-on-sea, CO15 5TX
www.visitessex.com

A nature lovers paradise; there's over 200 bird species to spot and a wealth of insects and rare plants to discover within these picturesque parklands.

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Martello Bay

Claction-on-sea, Essex, CO15 1XY
www.thebeachguide.co.uk

Hunt for sea shells, build the tallest sandcastles and splash in the waves as they lap the golden sands of Martello Bay.

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Jimmy's Farm

Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AP
www.jimmysfarm.com

Children will adore meeting their favourite animal friends at this family farm park - they can even get up close to dinosaurs too!

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Walton-on-the-Naze

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
www.walton-on-the-naze.com

A traditional British seaside resort brimming with charm - relax on golden sands lined with colourful beach huts, hunt for shells or build massive sandcastles!

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Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
www.marshfarm.co.uk

Enjoy a fun-filled day down at the farm; make friends with the animals, ride in a tractor-trailer and bounce and slide in the Play Barn.

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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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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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PUSH Kiting

Selsey Avenue, Claction-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1NQ
www.pushkiting.co.uk

Feel the power and exhilaration of a kite as you speed along meadows or crash over waves - pure adrenaline!

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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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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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Barleylands

Bareleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
www.barleylands.co.uk

Little ones will love making friends with the adorable farmyard animals at Barleylands and if they're daring they can even meet snakes, lizards and spiders!

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Ingatestone Hall

Hall Lane, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR
www.ingatestonehall.com

A fabulous Tudor home that retains much of its original form - wander its oak-panelled rooms and enjoy high tea in its atmospheric parlour.

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Walton Pier

Walton on the naze, Essex, CO14 8ES
www.waltonpier.co.uk

Ride all the traditional funfair rides, from thrilling dodgems to the classic carousel roundabout at Walton's fabulously vintage Victorian pier.

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Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hall Lane, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5TL
www.secretnuclearbunker.com

This chilling cold war relic is hauntingly well-preserved and lets you explore what life would have been like in the event of a nuclear war.

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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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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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Felixstowe Museum

Viewpoint Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW
www.felixstowemuseum.org

A fascinating journey into Felixstowe's past - see a mammoth's tooth, pieces of intricate Roman jewellery and nostalgic RAF uniforms.

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Colne Valley Railway

Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DZ
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Breathe in the sights, sounds and smells of vintage locomotives and their charming carriages at this award-winning country railway and museum.

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Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT
www.owl-help.org.uk

Watch glorious hawks and owls soar overhead and see them up-close at this wonderful haven which provides care and rehabilitation for injured birds of prey.

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Weald Country Park

Weald Road, South Weald, Essex, CM14 5QS
www.visitessex.com

A beautiful 500-acre park that's just waiting to be explored - run through wildflower meadows, explore fun-filled woodlands and even feed magnificent fallow deer!

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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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Sea Life Adventure Aquarium

Eastern Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2ER
www.sealifeadventure.co.uk

Take a journey into the ocean depths and come face-to-face with colourful clown fish, mysterious undulate rays and magical seahorses.

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Adventure Island

Sunken Garden, Western Esplanade, Southed on Sea, Essex, SS1 1EE
www.adventureisland.co.uk

Soaked on a waterslide, thrilled by terrifying roller coasters and bedazzled by the haunted house - this is a day out you won't soon forget!

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Flatford Mill

Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
www.suffolktouristguide.com

Discover the picturesque landscapes and historic buildings that have been forever immortalised, and made world-famous, by John Constable's sumptuous paintings.

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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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Green Island Gardens

Green Island Park Road, Ardleigh, Essex, CO7 7SP
www.greenislandgardens.co.uk

Wander through 20 acres of lush gardens filled with tropical rarities from around the world - a wonderful escape from modern life!

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Chelmsford Cathedral

New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1TY
www.chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk

The youngest cathedral in England is also one of its smallest, yet its mixture of historic architecture and contemporary art means it's wonderfully unique.

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