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?
Going on a walk can revive us. Whether you're exploring spring gardens, listening to birdsong in tranquil woods or looking out to sea, spending time in nature can give you a sense of peace and a breather from the stresses of daily life. Why not get in your daily step count with one of our walks?
Essex is full of hidden gems for all the family to enjoy. Explore Hatfield Forest and see how many creepy crawlies you can find or trees you can climb, or step back in time at Paycocke’s and explore their beautiful gardens.
Wet weather presents a particular challenge at Hatfield Forest. The ground becomes very easily waterlogged and the historic rides paths very muddy, especially in the coppices. We have to close our grass car parks, so severely limiting our car parking capacity. This means our ability to cope with lots of people is stretched, so we ask you to bear with us, especially on fine weekends and in holiday periods.
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.
The question about Suffolk, is where will you visit first? From a landscape made famous by the artist John Constable to the royal burial ground at Sutton Hoo. Enjoy a walk along the coast in the east, to the picturesque wool towns in the west. No visit would be complete without a trip to Ickworth.
Not far from Cambridge you'll find Anglesey Abbey, where the gardens boast colour throughout the year. Head a little further afield and you'll discover Wimpole with its impressive mansion and Home Farm, the distinctive fenland landscape of Wicken Fen and one of the last working mills on the River Ouse.
From the beautiful Norfolk Coast with its abundance of wildlife to the magnificent houses and gardens of Blickling, Felbrigg and Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk's popularity is well deserved. And don't miss the chance to wander around Sheringham Park or begin your exploration of the Norfolk Broads.