Family walking in the garden at Paycocke's

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

Places to visit

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Boys with their dad sitting on a tree stump next to the lake

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?

Playful summer days

A group of red poll cattle amongst the buttercups of Takeley Hill

Summer days out on your doorstep 

From where to ride your bike to the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic, summer gardens worth exploring and beaches worth discovering. We've got lots more inspiration to help you plan your next day out this summer.

Outdoor activities

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Help support our work

Hatfield Forest - Every Step Counts

Wet weather presents a particular challenge at Hatfield Forest. The ground becomes very easily waterlogged and the paths very muddy, especially in the coppices. The drier weather is helping with our car parking capacity, but we may need to close the grass car parks if we have a prolonged bout of rain. This means our ability to cope with lots of people is varied, so we ask you to bear with us, especially on fine weekends and holiday periods.


Our work on the coast

Northey Island on the Blackwater Estuary might have been the site of the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain, but today it's also an internationally important haven for birds. As we face challenges ahead with sea-level rise, your support is helping us plan for the future.

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.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to you, your support helps us care for special places like this, for ever, for everyone.