Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU, Tel: 01206 738172, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
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.
Beth Chatto Gardens
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB, Tel: 01206 822007, Email, www.bethchatto.co.uk
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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL, Tel: 01206 331292, Email, www.colchesterzoo.org
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.
Copt Hall Marshes
Little Wigborough, Essex, UK, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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.
Cudmore Grove Country Park
East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE, Tel: 01206 383868, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/cudmore-grove/
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.
Dedham Vale Vineyard
Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TS, Tel: 01206 271136, Email, www.DedhamValeVineyard.com
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.
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN, Tel: 01206 729678, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
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.
Green Island Gardens
Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7SP, Tel: 01206 230455, Email, www.greenislandgardens.co.uk
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.
Flatford: Bridge Cottage
Flatford, East Bergholt, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk, CO7 6UL, Tel: 01206 298260, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford
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.
95 Lexden Road, West Bergholt, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3BP, Tel: 01206 243463, Email
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.
High Woods Country Park
Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR, Tel: 01206 853588, Email, www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark
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.
Mersea Island Vineyard
Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8SX, Tel: 01206 385900, vineyard.merseabrewery.co.uk/
Producers of fine wines and real ale (cask and conditioned).
Brightlingsea Road, Thorrington, Essex, CO7 8JL, Tel: 0774 090 1323, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/thorrington-tide-mill/
Early 19th century tide mill with its machinery, which has been fully restored. Wheel can be run for guided groups (subject to tide).
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282962, Email, www.colchester.gov.uk/castlepark
The jewel in Colchester’s crown – an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour boasting a children’s play area, putting green and boating lake.
Colchester Sight running Meeting Point, Colchester War Memorial, Opposite the Colchester Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG, Tel: 0845 519 4539, Email, www.colchester-sightrunning.co.uk
Colchester Sight running offers guided jogging tours around Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, in a truly unique and healthy way.
Lower Castle Park
High street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UN, Tel: 01206 282962, www.visitcolchester.com
Lower Castle Park.
Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AU, Tel: 01245 227662, Email
Danbury Common and Lingwood
Off Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2, Tel: 01245 227662, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Owned by the National Trust, Danbury Commons and Blakes wood encompass a large expanse of heathland, gorse and coppice, in addition to woodland.
Danbury Country Park
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW, Tel: 01245 222350, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/danbury-country-park/
Danbury Country Park offers quiet recreation amongst the walled gardens, lakes and woodland of Danbury Palace.
Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7FS, Tel: 01376 347134, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/flitch-way/
Passing through 15 miles of countryside along the former Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree railway in the heart of rural Essex.
Great Notley Country Park
Great Notley Country Park, Great Notley, Essex, CM77 7FS, Tel: 01376 347134, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/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.
Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum
Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG, Tel: 01376 563796, Email, www.markshall.org.uk
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.
Northey Cottage, Northey Island, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6PP, Tel: 01621 853142, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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.
Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6AF, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/maps/parks
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.
Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ, Tel: 01621 856503, Email, www.maldon.gov.uk
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.
Relaxation & Fun Time
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH, Tel: 01206 282010, Email, www.aqua-springs.co.uk
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.
Jump Street Colchester
21 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX, Tel: 01206 911035, Email
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.
Leisure World Colchester
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1YH, Tel: 01206 282000, Email, www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/
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.
Eastgates, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TJ, Tel: 01206 868868, www.rollerworld.co.uk
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.
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ, Tel: 01206 262836, Email, www.stokebynayland.com
80 bedroom hotel in stunning Constable Country. Two championship golf courses, technogym, pool and extensive spa facilities, superb cuisine, shop and free wifi.
Brook End Road (South), Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NX, Tel: 01206 853282, Email, www.blackwater-boats.co.uk
‘Blackwater Dawn’, a traditional Narrowboat, offering public trips on Sundays and Bank Holidays also private charters for that special occasion.
Chelmer & Blackwater Canal Cruises
Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Little Baddow, Essex, CM3 4BS, Tel: 07813 014325, Email, www.papermilllock.co.uk
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.
Chelmsford City Racecourse
Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP, Tel: 01245 360300, Email, www.chelmsfordcityracecourse.com
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.
Essex Outdoors – Danbury
Well Lane, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AB, Tel: 0845 200 4220, Email, www.essexoutdoors.org
Essex Outdoors provides high quality outdoor learning opportunities to the young people of Essex, and the wider community.
The Coppins, Essex, CM9 5GU, Tel: 07597 094233, Email, www.frangipanisup.com/
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.
Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH, Tel: 01376 348867, Email, www.freeport-braintree.com
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!
New Hall Vineyards
Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6PN, Tel: 01621 828343, Email, www.newhallwines.co.uk
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.
West Street Vineyard
West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS, Tel: 01376 563303, WWW.WESTSTREETVINEYARD.CO.UK
A working vineyard with purpose built visitors centre with restaurant, wine school and events venue.
Prested Hall , Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE, Tel: 01376 573300, Email, www.prested.com
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
River Orwell Boat Cruises
Dedham Rowing Boats
Cooks Barge Yard, The Hythe, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HN, Tel: 01621 857567, Email, www.topsailcharters.co.uk
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.
Arts & History
Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT, Tel: 01206 549799, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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.
Colchester Arts Centre
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF, Tel: 01206 500900, Email, www.colchesterartscentre.com
The home of live music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, children’s shows, clubs, farmer’s markets, gigs and more.
Colchester Castle Museum
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282939, Email, www.cimuseums.org.uk
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.
East Anglian Railway Museum
Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS, Tel: 01206 242524, Email, www.earm.co.uk
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.
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 577067, Email, www.firstsite.uk.net
Firstsite is Colchester’s contemporary visual arts organisation.
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 577067, Email, www.firstsite.uk.net
Firstsite is Colchester’s contemporary visual arts organisation.
Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US, Tel: 01206 330784, Email, www.layermarneytower.co.uk
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.
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT, Tel: 01206 573948, Email, www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
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.
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG, Tel: 01206 282940, www.cimuseums.org.uk
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.
Natural History Museum
High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN, Tel: 01206 282941, www.cimuseums.org.uk
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.
St Michael & All Angels Church
Off Aldcar Road, Copford Green, CO6 1DG, Tel: 01206 210488, www.copfordchurch.org.uk
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.
The Minories Galleries
The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE, Tel: 01206 712437, Email, www.theminories.org.uk
The Minories Art Gallery is a professional contemporary art gallery managed by Colchester School of Art.
The Munnings Art Museum
Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ, Tel: 01206 322127, Email, www.munningsmuseum.org.uk
Explore the life and work of renown British artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) in his former home and studio.
The Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, CO7 9DX, Tel: 01206 827490, Email, www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk
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.
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PJ, Tel: 01206 282920, Email
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.
St Botolph’s Priory, Colchester
St Botolphs Prioy, Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QA, Tel: 01206 282931, Email, www.english-heritage.org.uk
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.
St James-The-Less Church
Priory Street, Colchester, UK, Tel: 01206-866317, www.stjamesthelessandsthelen.org/
St. James the Less Catholic church is an open and growing community located in the historic town of Colchester in England
The Walls, Essex, -, Tel: 01223 582700, Email, www.english-heritage.org.uk
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.
Braintree District Museum
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW, Tel: 01376 325266, Email, www.braintreemuseum.co.uk/
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.
Coggeshall Grange Barn
The National Trust, Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1RE, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coggeshall-grange-barn
Grange Barn stands as a reminder of the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey; with ancient pillars soaring to a cathedral like roof.
Combined Military Services Museum
Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ, Tel: 01621 841826, Email, www.cmsm.co.uk
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.
Cressing Temple Barns
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD, Tel: 0333 0132738, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/cressing-temple/
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.
Museum of Power
Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA, Tel: 01621 843183, Email, www.museumofpower.org.uk
A former steam pumping station, with power related exhibits, tea room, picnic area and miniature railway. Set in attractive riverside grounds.
Paycocke’s House & Gardens
Paycockes, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS, Tel: 01376 561305, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/paycockes
Built in the 16th century, this attractive half-timbered house is a grand example of wealth generated by the cloth trade.
Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NY, Tel: 01245 475498, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums
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.
The Moot Hall
High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PF, Tel: 01621 856503, Email, www.themoothall.co.uk
15th Century brick building with spiral staircase includes a Georgian court room and Victorian Council Chamber.
The Museum in the Park
47 Mill Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HX, Tel: 01621 853699, Email, www.maldonmuseum.org.uk
Social history museum of Maldon and District situated on the edge of the award winning Promenade Park.
Warner Textile Archive
Warners Mill, Silks Way, Essex, CM7 3GB, Tel: 01376 557803, Email, www.warnertextilearchive.co.uk
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.
Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO61UH, Tel: 01376 563003, Email, www.coggeshallmuseum.org.uk
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.
Places to Eat
The Old Crown, Messing
The Old Crown, Lodge Road, Messing, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9TU
Tel: 01621 815575 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Sun, Feering
Sun Inn, Feering Hill, Feering, Colchester, Essex CO5 9NH
01376 570442 / email@example.com
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.
The Railway Tavern, Kelvedon
The Railway Tavern, 182 High Street, Kelvedon, CO5 9JD
01376 570293 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Riverside location locally run public house serving lovely food.
The Blue Anchor, Feering
132 Feering Hill, Feering, Essex. CO5 9PY T. 01376 571783
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.
Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HP, Tel: 01206 323150, Email, www.milsomhotels.com
Beside the River Stour on Essex/Suffolk border. Award winning restaurant offering great food, service and atmosphere.
Wilkin and Sons Ltd
Wilkin’s Jam Factory, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0RF, Tel: 01621 814524, Email, www.tiptree.com
Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family – where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made. Delightful museum, tea room and gift shop.