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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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