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?
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.
Why not join us at Hatfield Forest parkrun, a free and friendly 5K run that takes place every Saturday at 9am? Open to everyone, male, female, young or old, this timed weekly run will enable you to pursue your love of running in beautiful surroundings.
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.
Traditional wood craft is alive in Hatfield Forest
Local craftsman Jake Lambert was on site in February making traditional cleft gate hurdles from locally sourced sweet chestnut. These will now be deployed around the forest to close off some of the damaged trails.
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 John Constable to the royal burial ground at Sutton Hoo. Enjoy a walk along the iconic Suffolk coastline, around picturesque wool towns, such as Lavenham and Long Melford and don't miss the chance to discover 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 North 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.