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Best Things To Do Outdoors In Birch, Essex

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Colchester Zoo

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Set in 60 acres of parkland, Colchester Zoo is the perfect place to meet your favourite animals while surrounded by beautiful scenery. Enjoy a hands...

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The huge expanse of Essex and Suffolk Water's Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is one of Europe's top wetland sites and a great trip for families ei...

Layer Marney Tower

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The view from the roof shows the church, outbuildings, play area, gardens, estate and wildlife walk. Layer Marney Tower is a great place to visit whe...

The Colchester Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Crime is blighting the streets of Colchester and they’re calling out for answers! Can you crack The Colchester Mystery Treasure Trail? A super spy is...

Bourne Mill

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century. Bourne Mill is set in tranquil...

Colchester Castle Museum

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Colchester Castle Museum follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, Norman invaders, the Witchfinder General and the devastation of Queen Boudica!...

Castle Park and Gardens

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Castle Park and Gardens is a town centre oasis: terrific to retreat to with the family for an afternoon, featuring loads of things to see and do with...

High Woods Country Park

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Covering woodland, marshland, lake and wildflower meadows, High Woods Country Park boasts a wealth of explorable terrain with intriguing nature walks...



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Woodup Pool

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Woodup Pool, also known as Woodrolfe Pool is a very basic salt water bathing pool that even has its own little beach at one end! The pool can be foun...

East Anglian Railway Museum

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

East Anglian Railway Museum has a great collection of steam engines, carriages, and wagons to discover, plus a mini rail you can explore. There is pl...

West Mersea Beach

  • West Mersea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

There’s nothing like the feeling you’ve discovered something new, which is exactly what you’ll get from a visit to West Mersea Beach. Set in an islan...

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

  • Fingringhoe
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Out on the reserve at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve you will find a picnic area, nature trails and bird hides (some easy access) and view-points wi...

Cudmore Grove Country Park

  • East Mersea
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

You can start your trip to the Green Flag Awarded Cudmore Grove Country Park with a stop at the Information Room, where information from the Educatio...

Brightlingsea Beach

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Are you into boats and history? Make your casual day at the beach a tiny bit more exciting and choose Brightlingsea Beach near Essex. This historic b...

Brightlingsea Open Air Pool

  • Colchester
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Brightlingsea Open Air Pool is a vintage offering in lido terms, originally built in 1933 and comprising a 15m paddling pool and a 50m main pool. The...

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  • Braintree
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Cressing Temple Barns is the largest of the Knights Templar's Essex based landholdings boasts the oldest known wooden structure in the world! So,...

Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Eye patch? Check! Parrot on shoulder? Check! You’re all ready for a jaunt on the Maldon Treasure Hunt Trail where cracking codes and solving clues wi...

Promenade Park

  • Maldon
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Promenade Park is the District's most popular park and has undergone a major refurbishment programme in recent years. Promenade Park offers the follo...

St Osyth Beach

  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Enjoy a relaxing day by the seaside. Collect pebbles and enjoy the charm of unspoilt nature at St Osyth Beach near Clacton On Sea. This is a very sto...

Dedham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Dedham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you always looking for ways to get your brood outdoors? Well you’ve found one with the Dedham Treasure Hunt Trail. It’s a code busting outing whi...

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