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Long House Plants - Open Garden for NGS

Long House Plants - Open Garden for NGS A beautiful garden - yes, but one with a purpose. Long House Plants has been producing homegrown plants for more than..... See more >
Long House Plants, Romford RM4 1LD
Wed 3 Jul, Wed 7 Aug

Stamp Club Meeting (Clacton)

Bourse & Members’ displays. Meeting of Clacton Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit. Membership subscription..... See more >
Clacton Indoor Bowls Club, Valley Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6NA
Wed 3 Jul, Wed 7 Aug

Ulting Wick - Open Garden for NGS

Ulting Wick - Open Garden for NGS Listed black barns provide backdrop for vibrant and exuberant planting in eight acres. Snowdrops, Narcissus, tulips,..... See more >
Ulting Wick, Maldon CM9 6QX
Thu 11 Jul, Mon 26 Aug, Fri 30 Aug

207 Mersea Road - Open Garden for NGS

207 Mersea Road - Open Garden for NGS The garden is 185ft long divided into sections. There is a decking area with pots leading to a unique fountain made..... See more >
207 Mersea Road, Colchester CO2 8PN
Sat 13 Jul, Sat 24 Aug, Sun 25 Aug

Stamp Club Meeting (Rayleigh)

22Jul: All members display Acquired in 2023; 12Aug: Bourse Night; 9Sep: All members display Roaring '40s... See more >
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh SS6 8BA
Mon 22 Jul, Mon 12 Aug, Mon 9 Sep

Hyde Hall Flower Show

Be dazzled by the magnificent floral displays, and browse and buy from a fantastic range of plants, garden sundries and... See more >
RHS Garden Hyde Hall Creephedge Lane, Rettendon CM3 8ET
Wed 31 Jul to Sun 4 Aug

Stamp Club Meeting (Witham)

Railway Art and Railways (C. Evans). Meeting of Witham Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit. Membership..... See more >
Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powers Hall End, Witham CM8 2HE
Thu 1 Aug

Music and Beer Festival at the Vulcan

Music and Beer Festival at the Vulcan Following a hugely succesful inagural event last year, our Music and Beer Festival at the Vulcan returns in 2024 at... See more >
Hangar 6 South Road, London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6YU
Fri 2 Aug and Sat 3 Aug

80s and 90s Party Night

Join us for a Sizzling Summer Party Night here at the Jobserve Community Stadium! Dance along to the biggest hits..... See more >
Jobserve Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester CO4 5UP
Sat 3 Aug

The Mount - Open Garden for NGS

The Mount - Open Garden for NGS The garden is set in a total of eight acres. Three acres of formal gardens and five acres woodland planted in 2003... See more >
The Mount, Harlow CM19 5HT
Sun 4 Aug

Live Steam Open Day (Ride on Railway)

Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club is holding it’s usual monthly open day. This open day has train rides..... See more >
Adjacent to North Side of Chadwell Heath Station, Station Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex RM6 4BU
Sun 4 Aug

Stamp Club Meeting (Basildon)

The President’s Guest (to be announced). Meeting of Basildon Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit... See more >
The Place (Pitsea Leisure Centre), Northlands Pavement, Pitsea SS13 3DU
Mon 5 Aug

Stamp Club Meeting (Benfleet)

Iraq and Hungary (A. Cowie). Meeting of Benfleet & District Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit... See more >
Jubilee Hall, St Barnabas Church, Church Road, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2EJ
Wed 7 Aug

Gin &Rum Festival Colchester 2024

Join the fun and discover a unique experience that celebrates the best of Gin and Rum and promises the party of the... See more >
The Charter Hall, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, United Kingdom CO1 1YH
Sat 10 Aug

Elmbridge Mill - Open Garden for NGS

Elmbridge Mill - Open Garden for NGS This beautiful and tranquil garden last opened for the National Garden Scheme in 2008. A romantic, country garden full..... See more >
Elmbridge Mill, Dunmow CM6 2HZ
Sun 11 Aug
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Things to do around Essex

Essex, a county in the East of England, offers a diverse range of activities for a memorable day out. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or family-friendly adventures, there's something for everyone. Let's explore some of the best things to do in Essex:

1. Colchester Zoo:
- Colchester Zoo is a must-visit for animal lovers. With over 270 species set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, it's constantly developing and has won many awards for its conservation work. Explore enclosures like the walk-through butterfly enclosure and the Rainbow Lorikeet area. Don't miss the state-of-the-art "Bears of the Rising Sun" enclosure housing sun bears Jo Jo and Srey Ya. Encounter Komodo Dragons, white rhinos, giraffes, and more at the "Kingdom of the Wild" exhibit¹.

2. Tours of Colchester:
- Join historical tours of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. Explore its rich heritage, including Roman ruins, medieval architecture, and charming streets. Visit the Colchester Castle, a Norman keep with fascinating exhibits. Don't miss the historic walking tours and outdoor escape games.

3. Explore Southend-on-Sea:
- Head to Southend-on-Sea for a classic British seaside experience. Enjoy the sandy beaches, stroll along the promenade, and visit the iconic Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. Explore Adventure Island amusement park and try the thrilling rides.

4. Discover Green Island Gardens:
- Green Island Gardens in Ardleigh is a hidden gem. Explore the enchanting gardens, featuring exotic plants, sculptures, and tranquil ponds. It's a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle.

5. Partyman World of Play:
- If you're with kids, visit Partyman World of Play in Basildon. This indoor play center offers slides, ball pits, and climbing frames. It's perfect for a fun-filled family day out.

6. Bridge End Garden in Saffron Walden:
- Bridge End Garden in Saffron Walden is a restored Victorian garden. Admire the colorful flowerbeds, ornamental hedges, and historic features. It's a tranquil spot for a leisurely walk.

7. Imperial Bird of Prey Academy:
- Experience the thrill of falconry at the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Billericay. Get up close to majestic birds of prey and learn about their behavior and conservation. Enjoy flying displays and photo opportunities.

8. Go Bananas:
- For active fun, visit Go Bananas in Colchester. This indoor soft play center has slides, climbing frames, and a separate area for toddlers. It's a great option for families with young children.

9. Thames & Medway Estuary Helicopter Tour:
- Take to the skies on a helicopter tour from Southend-on-Sea. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Thames and Medway Estuary, spotting landmarks from above. It's a unique way to explore the coastline.

10. Historic Walking Tour of Colchester:
- Join a guided walking tour of historic Colchester. Learn about its Roman past, medieval architecture, and fascinating stories. Combine it with a visit to the local farmers' market for a complete experience.

Remember to check opening hours and any booking requirements for these attractions. Whether you're interested in wildlife, history, or family fun, Essex promises an enjoyable and diverse day out!