Essex is not all about TOWIE – it’s a great place for a family summer day out

Let’s just park the myth that Essex is all like TOWIE.

Recently the county has unfortunately been pigeonholed as offering little more than tanning salons, nail bars and nightclubs – but there is so much more to it than that, and the summer holidays is an ideal time to come and explore.

 

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Audley End House and Gardens

Visit Essex has helpfully put together a list of the hottest days out for all the family to explore, experience and enjoy.

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Hedingham Castle

Essex is full of history, from the days of the Romans, through to Medieval Knights and defending Britain’s skies during World Wars One and Two. At Hedingham Castle, the Knights of Middle England (24-25 August) will thrill you with their stunts, jousts and equestrian displays. There are also loads of craft stalls (so mum will be happy), a range of food (dad!) and a host of entertainment including falconry, donkey rides and so much more.

Along the promenade, Maldon

Along the promenade, Maldon

For fans of all things furry and cuddly, both Marsh Farm and Barleylands are celebrating 30th birthdays this summer, so a whole series of special events and activities are planned.
At Marsh Farm you can test your skills in the Farm Yard Olympics, try welly wanging and take part in their Inflatable Grand National. Plus you can meet all your farmyard favourites including sheep, pigs, cows, ponies and birds of prey. It really is acres of fun! While over in Billericay, Barleylands are describing the school holidays as ‘Six Weeks of Summer – Six Fun Themes’ with wacky races, the chance to meet some amazing, scary and very deadly creatures, go a treasure hunt and laugh at crazy entertainers.

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Great Garden Quest – Pixie Houses

Until 31 August at RHS Hyde Hall, you’ll be spoilt silly for a great family day out. Get stuck into the Great Garden Quest activities, fly a kite, stroll the woodland walk or climb the Higgledy Hide play tower, there’s plenty of space to enjoy yourself!

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Southend horse riding

If your little one is a budding Chris Packam or Ellie Harrison, test your bird and animal spotting skills by exploring Essex’s amazing wildlife and nature reserves and discover how you can help give a whole host of creatures a home where you live.

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Wallasea Island seals

As you can see, our county has so much to explore; from big outdoor thrills to Blue Flag beaches just crying out for some serious bucket and spade action. If that’s not enough, how about jumping on a really old steam train or taking a ride on a tractor? Want even more ideas? Okay, how about clambering round a castle or strolling along a pier? Are you brave enough to monkey about on high ropes or find a starfish’s tickle spot?

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Yeah?! Great, because from farm days to fun park adventures, Essex is the best place for you, your friends and family to have fun this summer – whatever the weather.

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Children playing at Mersea Island

The big question is; where do you start?! By looking here and planning your next adventure.

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Dovercourt beach

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Bradwell Outdoors

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