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20 things to do in Essex

Planning a trip to Essex? Filled with incredible sites, popular tourist attractions and historical landmarks, the county has so much to offer. Bordering London, Essex is easy to get to by train or car making it the perfect day trip destination!

Essex’s coast gives rise to some great locations to escape and relax. If you are looking for classic seaside entertainment then head for Southend with its vibrant pier and stunning views. Be sure to try some watersports whilst your there!

Wondering where to eat when in Essex? The county has a buzzing food and drink scene with something to suit everyone’s taste. Why not try the big sweet n sizzle challenge in Southend to test your foodie skills?

Essex is bursting with many opportunities for you and your family. As well as the world famous Colchester zoo, You’ll find a wealth of activities to keep your youngsters occupied and the whole family amused. 

Don’t miss the Firstsite Art Gallery for a taste of some of the finest contemporary art in the county.

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Do you want to swing through the trees just like Tarzan? At Nuclear High Ropes in Essex you can! This is the biggest high ropes course in the whole of Essex with 3 levels and 6 …

Do you want to add something fun to your Stack? Why not add ice skating! Feel your blades cut up the ice beneath your feet as you glide across the ice rink at Riverside Leisure Centre …

Indoor climbing is a great way to get fit, helping improve your strength and agility.  While indoor climbing is a great way to stay dry! The Lock Climbing Wall cater for complete beginners with professional instruction, …

For everyone out there who has ever wanted to go scuba diving, here is your chance to finally try it! At Dive Odyssea in Rochford, you can learn to dive, take first aid courses or also …

Looking for your next high? Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park will have you at your highest when you conquer their high ropes adventure courses! Even if you are afraid of heights this is all …

Are you looking for a flying experience like no other, or perhaps the ultimate activity to add to your bucket list, then head over to Aero Legends who will give you the chance to take the …

Add some bounce to your Stack and get jumping at FlipOut located in Lakeside, Essex. The trampoline arena is over 25,000 square feet and is guaranteed to be an activity that will have you jumping for …

Are watersports exactly what you are looking to try? At Curve Water Sports they have all the watersports you could dream of including Wakeboarding, Standup Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Swimming, Ringo Rides, and an Aqua Park. Curve’s Aqua …