Places to visit
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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.
- Enjoy summer nights at Hatfield Forest with outdoor theatre and cinema.
- A summer of festivals at Coggeshall Grange Barn, from Medieval to beer!
- Why not hire a boat and enjoy rowing around the lake at Hatfield Forest?
- The garden will be in bloom at Paycocke's too, it's perfect for a game of croquet.
Our favourite outdoor activities
Explore with our app
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.
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?
There's plenty more places to discover and explore in Essex. Find our more from our friends at VisitEssex.
Essex County Council
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
We're working together with the Essex Wildlife Trust on conserving special places on the Blackwater Estuary.
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.
Join our Essex Volunteer Group and help us with tasks such as clearing shrub, hedge laying and footpath maintanence.