5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:56 26 May 2020 | UPDATED: 14:45 26 May 2020

Hadleigh Castle (c) Matt @ M.N.D Photography, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Hadleigh Castle (c) Matt @ M.N.D Photography, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Now that we’re able to travel a little further afield, each week we will be featuring a selection of walks, things to do or places to visit in Essex - all of which will adhere to social distancing guidelines of course!

This week we are featuring… A selection of Essex’s best views - please check all local information before heading out to visit any of the places mentioned

Hadleigh Castle

The exact date that Hadleigh Castle was built is unknown but it is believed to be around 1215 during the reign of Henry III. It proved to be crucial as a base for the defence of the Thames Estuary during England’s 100 year war with France and was said to be King Edward III’s favourite retreat in his old age.

Read more about our county’s castles.

Hadleigh Castle

Mersea Island

This traditional fishing village with its magnificent views across the Blackwater Estuary make Mersea Island one of the most picturesque places in the county. With a perfect mix of beach, salt-marshes and stunning countryside there are a plethora of landscapes to enjoy.

Here’s why Mersea is so special.

Mersea boats

Ha’Penny Pier

A beautiful spot in Harwich with a charming view. On warm summer days you can see across the Pound and look upon the remnants of an old 19th Century fishing fleet. relax whilst watching the ships heading off into the North Sea.

Click here to find out why Harwich is one of our county’s best kept secrets.

Night_Ha'Penny Pier

Constable Country

Quaint, sleepy villages set against the backdrop of rolling farmland and ancient meadows. There’s a reason this land has been an inspiration for generations of musicians and artists, perhaps it’s the wide open vistas or the diverse wildlife.

Read more about how Constable was inspired by this landscape.

Stour valley

Strawberry Hill Ponds

The Strawberry Hill Ponds can be found in the Epping Forest between Connaught Water and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. It was formed in 1830 after a large amount of gravel was excavated from the area for construction of nearby roads.

Click here for more great woodland walks.


Click here to see more of Essex’s very best views


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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