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Things to do
in Essex

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Local attractions near Essex

From quaint cobbled towns, through to lush green countryside and a coastline littered with estuaries and islands, Essex is a county that packs a lot in. With all this variety and no end of interesting places to visit in Essex, it could be the perfect place to take a time out with the family.

Whether it’s things to do in Colchester, such as the town’s famous zoo and even more famous 11th century castle, through to stunning natural draws like Brightlingsea Beach and Cudmore Grove Country Park; you’ll find there’s something for everyone here.

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Cudmore Grove Country Park
Cudmore Grove Country Park
5 minute drive from park
Broman's Ln, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8UE

A spectacular coastal park and beach with trails to walk and cycle, complete with the ruins of a 16th century fort.

Mersea Island Vineyard
Mersea Vineyard
5 minute drive from park
Rewsalls Lane, Colchester CO5 8SX

A working vineyard that has been producing an eclectic selection of local wines for more than 35 years.

west mersea beach
West Mersea Beach
7 minute drive from park
401 Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8AT

A dramatic sand and shingle beach off the coast of Mersea Island, complete with charming and traditional beach huts.

Mersea Museum entrance
Mersea Museum
8 minute drive from park
12 High St, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8QD

A fascinating look into the Mersea Island’s past, with revolving exhibits dedicated to the area’s human and natural history.

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Abbotts Hall Farm
11 minute drive from park
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough Colchester CO5 7RZ

A chance to get up close with the workings of a modern, sustainable farm, across a 700 acre estate which offers wonderful coastal walks.

abberton reservoir essex
Abberton Reservoir
16 minute drive from park
Church Rd, Layer-de-la-Haye Colchester Essex CO2 0EU

One of Europe’s best and most loved wetland sites that’s celebrated for its birdwatching, and the largest freshwater lake in Essex.

Giraffe - Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo
19 minute drive from park
Colchester Zoo Maldon Road Heckfordbridge Colchester CO3 0SL

A large and incredible zoo, home to more than 260 different animal species across a 60 acre estate.

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Colchester Castle
21 minute drive from park
Colchester Castle Colchester CO1 1TJ

Dating back to the time of the Normans, its impressive and mostly intact keep is among the most impressive of any of its kind across Europe.

Go Bananas colchester
Go Bananas Colchester
24 minute drive from park
Cowdray Centre, 9&10, Mason Rd, Colchester CO1 1BX

A wild and wacky children’s indoor play centre complete with slides and ball pits.

Jump Street colchester
Jump Street Colchester
24 minute drive from park
Cowdray Centre, 21 Mason Rd, Colchester CO1 1BX

A vast activity play centre featuring a huge indoor trampoline park and plunge pits.

beth chatto gardens essex
Beth Chatto Gardens
25 minute drive from park
The Beth Chatto Gardens Elmstead Market Clacton Road Elmstead Colchester

A stunning 7.5 acre garden estate with themed areas, a plant shop and a tearoom.

playgolf colchester
Playgolf Colchester
25 minute drive from park
Playgolf Colchester Bakers Lane Colchester CO3 4AU

A family friendly golfing centre with a selection of standard and mini golf courses, as well as a driving range.

Combined Military Services Museum
Combined Military Services Museum
31 minute drive from park
Station Rd, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 4LQ

An incredible journey through Britain’s military history, from the battlefields of old through to modern warfare.

brightlingsea beach essex
Brightlingsea Beach
36 minute drive from park
Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH

A wonderful sandy stretch and current holder of a Blue Flag Award.


Where to stay in Essex

To tick off as many as these amazing days out in Essex as you can, why not make a holiday of it? Mersea Island Holiday Park sits on a picturesque island in the Blackwater Estuary, stretching along its very own private beach with a selection of cosy and stylish caravans. While there are plenty of things to do on Mersea Island, you can easily walk and drive back over to the mainland and explore absolutely everything Essex has to offer!

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