In and around Essex

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

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

Places to visit

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A couple with a young child walking outside at Paycocke's House and Garden, Colchester, Essex

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?

Children enjoying the trees in Hatfield Forest, Essex

Playtime at Hatfield Forest 

Where better to climb a tree than Hatfield Forest in Essex? During the school holidays we'll also be creating art inspired by the Forest, finding out what creatures lurk in the pond and putting your bushcraft skills to the test! Why not bring the kids, so they can burn off some energy!

Outdoor activities

Help support our work

Every Step Counts at Hatfield Forest

Watch this video in which Ade Clarke, the General Manager for Hatfield Forest, explains more about the need for the "Every Step Counts" campaign and how you can help support us in caring for the Forest.


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.

What's on in Essex

There's always lots happening at our places, if you're wanting to do something a little different on your next day out with us, why not come along to one of our events?

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.

East of England

Whether you live here or are just visiting, the East of England has plenty of places to explore, time and time again.