Fun things to do in Essex

The amazing county of Essex is situated north-east of London and is mainly rural with beautiful large parks and over 350 miles of coastline. The county was established in the 6th century and today is one of the most popular destinations in the UK. You will always find something to do in Essex, we collected the 10 best things to do while visiting the county:

  • Lee Valley White Water Centre

If you like the extreme sports the Lee Valley White Water Centre is the right place for you. There is a wide range of activities available at the centre including hot dog sessions, hydro speeding and go canoeing.

  • Marsh Farm Animal Park

If you are travelling with kids they will love the Marsh Farm Animal Park. A large number of activities and shows will make sure that you have a perfect family day out: don’t miss the pony grooming, the Pesky Pets Show or the fantastic birds.

  • Tropical Wings Zoo

You will find a miniature oasis in the Tropical Wings Zoo that makes the attraction unique. Lemurs, goats, wallabies and Cameroon sheep let you experience the amazing tropical feel and you can enjoy the Tractorland rides as well.

  • Audley End House and Gardens

The Audley End House and Gardens is one of the biggest stately homes in England that hosts different concerts and events throughout the year. You can find out more about the life of the workers of the 19th century and the Audley End fire engine.

  • The Original Great Maze

Do you like challenges? Then The Original Great Maze is waiting for you in Essex. Every year a new shape is made of crops and stands, the maze is about 8 feet high. Enjoy the play and try not to get lost.

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre

The Epping Forest covers around 6.000 acres on the border between north-east Greater London and Essex and is London’s largest open space. There are a large number of events and activities waiting for the visitors including walking, cycling, angling, running and special exhibitions.

  • Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

While visiting Essex don’t miss this unique attraction that was the regional government HQ before. Discover the three lives of the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker or come along to one of the events that are taking place in the bunker.

  • Colchester Leisure World

The Colchester Leisure World is the largest leisure complex in East of England. Its facilities include tennis, health spa, swimming pools and gym and you can also attend fitness classes in the building. All members of the family will find something to enjoy here.

  • Layer Marney Tower

The Layer Marney Tower is located in Colchester and was built around 1520. The tower is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the region but today is used as an event venue and a visitor attraction.

  • Mountfitchet Castle Experience

The Mountfitchet Castle is operated as an open-air museum and exhibits over 900 years of history. You can also visit the Norman village that also belongs to the castle.