Places to visit

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What's on...

We've got lots of activities and events planned in Essex this summer. Whether you want somewhere to take the family during the school holidays, fancy a walk, or are looking to come along to one of our summer evening events. There's so much to celebrate this season and lots of ways to join in.

Don't miss...

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of outdoor cinema

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of outdoor cinema

Our favourite outdoor activities


Geocaching © Garmin

Enjoy exploring? Then follow our GPS coordinates to find hidden treasure at Hatfield Forest or try your hand at our new nanocache trail at Danbury Common, where the caches are even smaller than normal!


Walking through the fallen leaves at Hatfield Forest © Richard Daniel

Where's your favourite walk in Essex, here are some of ours:


Explore with our app

The iPhone app © Arnhel de Serra

Always wondered what was at Portingury Hills or why there is a Shell House at Hatfield Forest? Download our smartphone app before your visit the Forest or borrow a tablet device from our shop.

Den building

Having fun den building in the woods © National Trust/Julie Tucker

There's lots of great places for den building in Essex. Use twigs and sticks to build a secret den in the trees. Then cover and camouflage it by adding leaves and more twigs. Why not challenge your friends?

Visit Essex

Croquet on the lawn in Paycockes garden in spring © Natalie Butler

There's plenty more places to discover and explore in Essex. Find our more from our friends at VisitEssex.

Essex County Council

Explore inside a tree © National Trust

Why not visit our friends at Danbury Park and Cudmore Grove as they will also help you complete some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾?

Essex Wildlife Trust

This is an area of managed retreat where a new creek is developing © National Trust

We're working together with the Essex Wildlife Trust on conserving special places on the Blackwater Estuary.  

Places to stay

Fancy staying in Thorington Hall?

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.

The Essex team

Our team in Essex is often out and about around the county, working on conservation projects, community outreach as well as organising fun events. Why not keep up to date with all their latest news and gossip?

Social groups

Social groups


Volunteer on a Youth Discovery Working Holiday at Craflwyn in Snowdonia, No © NTPL/Stuart Cox

Join our Essex Volunteer Group and help us with tasks such as clearing shrub, hedge laying and footpath maintanence.