Whether you’d like to explore medieval history, relax on the beach or challenge your nerves on death-defying roller coasters, there’s plenty of things to do in Essex for all the family. If you’re visiting during the summer, check out these 10 attractions.
Colchester Castle Museum
Colchester is the oldest and most preserved town in England, filled with cobbled streets and old taverns from medieval Britain. At the epicentre of it all sits the stunning Colchester Castle, which was built in 1069 and has an incredibly interesting history.
The Mercury Theatre is one of the most well-respected theatres in the country. With a vast itinerary throughout the summer of 2016, including performances of Alice in Wonderland and Romeo and Juliet, as well as many other local and travelling productions, it’s a must for any theatre lover staying in the area.
No summer holiday would be complete without visiting a theme park! Adventure Island is located in Southend-on-Sea and is the biggest and best free admission park in the country. With a mix of roller coasters, water rides and simple fairground classics, it will keep both children and hardcore adrenaline junkies more than satisfied.
Tiptree Jam Museum and Tea Room
There’s nothing more English than enjoying a nice afternoon tea. Tiptree Jam is a British classic that truly makes a scone, and it never tastes better than when it’s fresh from the source!
Rated number one on Trip Advisor’s list of “Things to do in Essex”, Colchester Zoo is a must-see. With over 260 rare specimens and various experience programs, such as “Keeper for a Day” and “Wild Encounters” there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals.
intu Lakeside Shopping Centre
Whether you want to buy some souvenirs, clothing, electronics or just have a day out window shopping, the intu Lakeside Shopping Centre is guaranteed to stratify your needs. Filled with high street chains, local boutique stores and restaurants, it has everything you could wish for.
Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town in Essex and one of the UK’s most famous seaside resorts. Throughout the summer it’s filled with tourists, making it extremely lively if you’re looking for a night out. The sandy beach is one of the main draws and offers plenty of opportunities for water sports.
Hatfield Forest Nature Reserve
If you’re more of a walker who enjoys wondering the countryside with nothing but your own company, you’ll love Hatfield Nature Reserve. This untouched greenery is extremely relaxing and contains enough walkways and unique sights to keep you busy for days.
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre
Located in Southend, the Cliffs Pavilion is one of the biggest theatres in the county, offering a wide array of performances throughout the summer, including Chicago, Hairspray, Robinson Crusoe and Lotty’s War.
Boydells Dairy Farm
If you’ve got kids in tow, they’ll absolutely love Boydells Dairy Farm! Here they will be able to feed the animals, ride ponies and taste the wonderful local delicacies that have been made on site.
If you are planning a trip to Essex this year, why not use our Mersea Island holiday park as your base? Take a look through our Essex accommodation deals and book your stay with us today. We look forward to seeing you!