In and around Essex

Couple walking on Danbury Common, Essex

Walk amongst an ancient forest or discover old age traditions in a number of quaint, quiet villages.

A couple with a young child walking outside at Paycocke's House and Garden, Colchester, Essex

Places to visit in Essex 

There's more to Essex than first meets the eye. Tucked away you'll find lots of hidden gems, from an ancient royal hunting forest to a stunning Tudor merchant's house. Where will you discover on your next visit?

Beautiful bluebells
Man walking dog at Blakes Wood, Essex, in spring

Blake's Wood, Essex 

For a true-blue sight, don't miss a visit to the ancient woodland at Blake's Wood this spring, when it will be a feast for the eyes. Dotted among the carpets of bluebells are primroses, gorse and even yellow archangels. Listen out too for nightingales singing from the coppices.

Camping tickets now on sale for Castaway 2016
A boat sits alone next to Northey Island causeway as the tide comes in

Castaway at Northey Island

Become a 'Castaway' when you get cut off by the tide on Northey Island. Join us for our annual camp out, but hurry to get your tickets as it's often a sell out event. Enjoy live bands, beer and getting back to nature.

Outdoor activities

Help support our work

Every Step Counts at Hatfield Forest

Watch this video in which Ade Clarke, the General Manager for Hatfield Forest, explains more about the need for the "Every Step Counts" campaign and how you can help support us in caring for the Forest.

Places to stay
Exterior of Thorington Hall

Places to stay 

You can now stay in Thorington Hall on the Essex/Suffolk border. A beautiful rambling farmhouse, this holiday cottage will sleep large groups and is an ideal base to explore nearby Constable Country.

East of England

Whether you live here or are just visiting, the East of England has plenty of places to explore, time and time again.