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9 Essex days out

PUBLISHED: 14:55 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:57 02 August 2016

Colourful beach huts, Southend (c) MartinParratt, Thinkstock

Colourful beach huts, Southend (c) MartinParratt, Thinkstock


We have collected 9 great days out to enjoy around Essex - perfect for school holidays or weekends with the kids

Marks Hall Estate

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum is set in more than 200 acres of picturesque landscape. There are woodland walks to enjoy, you can explore the beautiful gardens, and there are play areas for the children all in a stunning location that will leave you feeling serene.

Blake House Craft Centre

At Blake House Craft Centre you will find plenty to occupy adults and children alike: with crazy golf, an adventure park, lots of shops and a café/restaurant for lunch time too, you can easily wile away a day enjoying time with your loved ones.

Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester has a plethora of events to choose from. From stand up comedy and musicals to live music and dance, whatever your taste, there will be something to enjoy in this charming modern theatre.

Adventure Island

The thrilling theme park Adventure Island in Southend is home to over 40 rides and with lots of places to eat and drink you can refuel before moving on to the next ride and spend a fun filled day in Southend.

Southend Pier

Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world extending 2.158 km or 1.341 miles and it even has its own railway line. With the Royal Pavilion that includes a café, artists’ studio, and hosts concerts, events and exhibitions, as well as the stunning views from the pier itself, you can certainly make a day out of it.

Colchester Arts Centre

St Mary at the Wall Church in Colchester is home to the Colchester Arts Centre, which hosts exciting events daily with plenty to choose from. Lovers of music from all genres will be happy as the Arts Centre hosts an eclectic and thrilling line up of bands throughout the year peppered with top comedians and social events in between.

A castle

Why not visit one of Essex’s amazing historic castles. Read our guide to our county’s castles and spend a day exploring the history that these incredible buildings have to offer.

Chelmsford Museum

The original Victorian building and modern extension that house Chelmsford Museum are a popular destination for lovers of history. The museum tells the local history of Chelmsford from the ice age to the present day. This is an educational trip out for the whole family.


For a more active day out, why not visit Rollacity, the rollerskating rink in Rochford? Open 7 days a week and including events such as roller discos, skating lessons and parties, this is one to keep the children active with extra opening hours during school holidays.

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