Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, at a site of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nesting cormorants, common terns and nightingales. Nature trails and bird hides. Shop selling gifts, optics and wildlife books.

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Aqua Springs

The ultimate health spa experience. Providing you with a complete environment of rest and relaxation, to soothe, revitalise and transform. Try the range of beauty & relaxation treatments.

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Beth Chatto Gardens

Planning on visiting the amazing Beth Chatto Gardens?…If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Colchester tourism site!

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Blackwater Boats

Blackwater Dawn’, a traditional Narrowboat, offering public trips on Sundays and Bank Holidays also private charters for that special occasion.

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Blakes Wood

Bourne Mill

National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped “Dutch” gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is intact and working.

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Braintree District Museum

This award winning museum is based in the converted Courtauld School and has displays from Crittall steel windows to Warners royal silks, Castle Hedingham pottery to Edward Bawden prints.

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Castle Park

The jewel in Colchester’s crown – an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour boasting a children’s play area, putting green and boating lake.

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Chelmer & Blackwater Canal Cruises

Public trips and charters aboard traditional 48-seat barge “Victoria” with bar and catering options. Cruiser and dinghy hire, lock-side tea-room, island picnic area, walks and fishing. Coaches welcome by appointment.

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Chelmsford City Racecourse

As Britain’s newest racecourse, Chelmsford City is one of only three floodlit courses in the country, providing good quality racing and a fun and lively atmosphere all year round.

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Coggeshall Grange Barn

Grange Barn stands as a reminder of the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey; with ancient pillars soaring to a cathedral like roof.

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Coggeshall Museum

Exhibitions and photographs of Coggeshall’s industrial, agricultural and social history. Coggeshall lace, working loom, archaeology, Coggeshall bricks, video footage and computerised postcard show. Town tours by prior arrangement.

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Colchester Arts Centre

The home of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children’s shows, clubs, farmer’s markets, gigs and more.

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Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

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Colchester Sightrunning

Colchester Sight running offers guided jogging tours around Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, in a truly unique and healthy way.

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Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and are proudly listed as in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.

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Combined Military Services Museum

An award winning collection of British military artefacts from the English Civil War to today. Collections focus on the Special Forces, espionage, uniforms, medals, swords, tanks and the Donnington Firearms Collection of over 700 guns.

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Copt Hall Marshes

Situated on the remote and attractive Blackwater Estuary, they are part of the Blackwater site of Special Scientific Interest. The salt marshes are rich in overwintering wildfowl and wading birds.

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Coronation Park

Coronation Park is home to Springfield Cricket Club and Chelmsford Rugby Club. This is a popular park specialising in sporting activities. Younger visitors are catered for by a new innovative play area, for children up to 12 years old.

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Cressing Temple Barns

Historically the most important – and dimensionally the largest – of the Knights Templar’s Essex landholdings, Cressing Temple is a fascinating medieval moated farmstead boasting the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world.

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Cudmore Grove Country Park

Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a sandy beach and open grassland, perfect for picnics and great views.

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Danbury Common and Lingwood

Owned by the National Trust, Danbury Commons and Blakes wood encompass a large expanse of heathland, gorse and coppice, in addition to woodland.

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Danbury Country Park

Danbury Country Park offers quiet recreation amongst the walled gardens, lakes and woodland of Danbury Palace.

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Dedham Rowing Boats

Dedham Vale Vineyard

Forty acre site including seven acres of vines and a variety of trails through woodland, around lakes and wildflower meadows. Self guided tours and tastings of our wines. Winery powered by wind and sun generated energy.

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Dutch Quarter

Located just north of the High Street and includes: Maidenburgh Street, West Stockwell Street, East Stockwell Street, Stockwell Street, St Helen’s Lane, Northgate Street and Nunn’s Road.

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East Anglian Railway Museum

Located in the lovely rural Chappel Station, the museum brings to life railways in the Eastern Counties since their beginning in the 19th Century, through the glory days of the early 20th Century to the disappearances of the Beeching era.

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Essex Outdoors – Danbury

Essex Outdoors provides high quality outdoor learning opportunities to the young people of Essex, and the wider community.

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Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre

Nature reserve-125 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair access, bird hides, gift shop and visitor centre with tea room. Friendly atmosphere. Regular events for adults and children.

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Firstsite

Firstsite is Colchester’s contemporary visual arts organisation.

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Flatford: Bridge Cottage

A delightful 16th-century cottage just minutes from Flatford Mill. Why not visit our Constable exhibition then sit by the river and enjoy a freshly baked cake at the National Trust tea room and find a gift in our shop.

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Flitch Way

Passing through 15 miles of countryside along the former Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree railway in the heart of rural Essex.

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Frangipani SUP

Frangipani SUP is a friendly, family run Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board school based in Essex. Operate in various locations in the Maldon and Chelmsford area.

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Freeport Braintree

Look good and feel good with over 85 designer & high street stores at Freeport Braintree. With up to 60%off fashion & footwear, gifts, homeware & accessories–with such great choice & value on offer you’ll never have to pay full price again!

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Great Notley Country Park

Great Notley Country Park covers some 100 acres of open space, which is managed for the benefit of wildlife and the community.

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Green Island Gardens

20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane. Now a plantsman’s paradise full of unusual plants for all year round colour.

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Guide East

Tailored tours for groups and Coach Tour Operators covering Essex, London and the East of England. Tour planning and Tour Guide services for Coach Tours, Walking Tours and Theme Tours.

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High Woods Country Park

370 acres of woodland, grassland and wetland with path network, including circular walks and easy access trail. Visitor centre and interactive displays, rangers organise a range of activities throughout the year.

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Hollytrees Museum

An important part of Colchester’s rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

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Jump Street Colchester

Colchester’s first sole-purpose trampoline park. Over 100 interconnecting trampolines create a 20,000 square foot bounce space which includes free-bounce areas, basketball nets, a foam pit and two dodgeball courts.

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Layer Marney Tower

Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.

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Le Talbooth

Beside the River Stour on Essex/Suffolk border. Award winning restaurant offering great food, service and atmosphere.

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Leisure World Colchester

Leisure World Colchester is one of East Anglia’s largest sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment venues and offers year round fun for all the family. The leisure pool includes outside river rapids ride, water cannons and flumes.

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Lower Castle Park

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall.

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Mercury Theatre

A highly respected regional theatre, home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classic plays and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community.

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Mersea Island Vineyard

Producers of fine wines and real ale (cask and conditioned).

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Mistley Towers

This is a rare example of Robert Adam’s ecclesiastical work. Originally it was a parish church, St. Mary the Virgin, that had been built in the 18th century in the Georgian style. Sadly the two towers are now all that remain.

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Museum of Power

A former steam pumping station, with power related exhibits, tea room, picnic area and miniature railway. Set in attractive riverside grounds.

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Natural History Museum

Discover and interesting ‘hands-on’ perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

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New Hall Vineyards

92 acre vineyard open daily. Includes farm trail, vineyard walk and wine tasting in the cellar shop. Annual wine festival first full weekend in September. Guided tours by appointment from May to September.

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Northey Island

Small Island in the Blackwater Estuary with a large area of undisturbed salt marsh. Site of special scientific interest. Site of the Battle of the Maldon in AD991. Guided tours by prior arrangement.

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Paycocke’s House & Gardens

Built in the 16th century, this attractive half-timbered house is a grand example of wealth generated by the cloth trade.

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Prested Hall

Country House Hotel with extensive wedding and corporate function facilities in tranquil 75-acre parkland setting, with ample parking, conveniently situated just off the A12, near Kelvedon. Lunch and swim – £12.00p

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Promenade Park

100 year old Edwardian park with ornamental lake, magnificent river views and walks. Large water Splash Park, sandpits, galleon play ship and aerial zip-wire, picnic areas and numerous events held throughout the year.

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River Orwell Boat Cruises

Rollerworld

Rollerworld – internationally recognised as the finest roller-skating rink in Europe. Rollerworld has got the lot! 25m x 50m maple floor, spectacular sound and light show. Quasar – ‘Simply the Best’ – the earth’s favourite laser game.

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Sandford Mill

Science and Industrial heritage: centre for hands-on primary science education for schools (pre-booked); public open days. Thirty-acre riverside site, rich in wildlife.

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St Botolph’s Priory, Colchester

The first English Augustinian priory church, founded at the end of the eleventh century from the Anglo-Saxon minster community of Colchester. Only the ruined remains of the nave survive today, under the care of English Heritage.

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St James-The-Less Church

St. James the Less Catholic church is an open and growing community located in the historic town of Colchester in England

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St Michael & All Angels Church

Celebrated 12th century apsidal church with magnificent colour medieval wall paintings, showing a strong Byzantine influence in content and design as well as technical excellence and lavishness of execution.

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Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa

80 bedroom hotel in stunning Constable Country. Two championship golf courses, technogym, pool and extensive spa facilities, superb cuisine, shop and free wifi.

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The Blue Anchor, Feering

The Blue Anchor is a beautifully converted 16th century coaching inn is nestled in the village of Feering, Essex. Opened September 2013 after an extensive refurbishment transforming a former 16th century coaching inn into an open and more inviting space, with stylish and contemporary finishes creating a homely feel combined with a welcoming atmosphere.

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The Minories Galleries

The Minories Art Gallery is a professional contemporary art gallery managed by Colchester School of Art.

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The Moot Hall

15th Century brick building with spiral staircase includes a Georgian court room and Victorian Council Chamber.

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The Munnings Art Museum

Explore the life and work of renown British artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) in his former home and studio.

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The Museum in the Park

Social history museum of Maldon and District situated on the edge of the award winning Promenade Park.

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The Old Crown, Messing

Welcome to The Old Crown in Messing. We are a small pub aiming to provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with quality food and drink. In the winter we have real fires creating a cosy environment, whilst in the summer there is room to enjoy the sunshine outside at the front or rear of the pub. Come along and try our frequently changing A la Carte Menu from Monday to Saturday or our delicious set menu on a Sunday.

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The Railway Tavern, Kelvedon

Riverside location locally run public house serving lovely food.

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The Sentinel Gallery

A newly opened art gallery, located in the heart of Wivenhoe. Hosting regularly changing exhibitions of local artists of 2D and 3D, alongside Pru Green’s own pottery workshop is a ceramic room of her pots and others with jewellery.

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The Sun, Feering

Andy and Heather took over the already popular village pub in 2007 and have grown its reputation for excellent food along with our current head chef, Justine.

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Thorrington Tidemill

Early 19th century tide mill with its machinery, which has been fully restored. Wheel can be run for guided groups (subject to tide).

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Topsail Charters

Sailing barges “Hydrogen” and “Thistle”. Historic sailing barges available for private hire for groups up to 50 from a variety of East Coast locations in. Maldon and Ipswich. Also public sailing programme for individuals.

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Wallesea Island

Warner Textile Archive

A unique record of the history of textile design. The gallery is a celebration of the fabrics and designs produced by Warner and Sons from the mid 19th century.

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West Street Vineyard

A working vineyard with purpose built visitors centre with restaurant, wine school and events venue.

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Wilkin and Sons Ltd

Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family – where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made. Delightful museum, tea room and gift shop.

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