Free ticket ballot for the Essex Big Weekend now open

PUBLISHED: 11:36 26 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:36 26 February 2019

Naze Tower (c) diamond geezer, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Naze Tower (c) diamond geezer, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


2019 will mark Visit Essex’s third Big Weekend, when hundreds of residents will be able to visit some of the county’s finest tourist attractions for FREE

Organised by Visit Essex, the Essex Big Weekend is designed to encourage residents to rediscover the amazing things to see and do in their home county - and to then spread the word about them.

Attractions across the county have donated FREE tickets or experiences for residents to use on 6th and 7th April 2019.

Residents can bid for available tickets to as many attractions as they wish from 21st February – 17th March 2019 at and two tickets per household will be allocated by ballot to the lucky winners (some family tickets will be available as well).

Tickets for the fun-filled weekend include free entry, tours, high-adrenaline experiences and family days out. Visit Essex Tourism Marketing and PR Manager Carol Jolly said: “We were thrilled with the keen response to the Essex Big Weekend in 2018, and this year we have even more support from our local businesses.

“It’s very easy to forget or miss entirely the wonderful, unique and heart-warming attractions – big and small – right on our doorstep. We want people to use this weekend to get out and about in Essex and spread the word about the fantastic places we have to visit for all ages.”

There are over 60 experiences on offer, and Attractions taking part include Audley End House & Gardens, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Topsail Charters, Rope Runners, Lee Valley White Water Centre, Colchester Zoo, Colchester Castle, Braintree District Museum, Stow Maries Aerodrome, Adventure Island and the Beach huts at Maldon to name a few.

To take part register at between 21st February and 17th March.

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