Places to Visit

Colchester Garrison, Colchester
Walton-on-the-Naze Pier.

 

Braintree
Noted for manufacture of textiles (silk), has a Museum and exhibition centre with Victorian classroom. Craft shops and Natural history gallery. Market days on Wednesday.

Clacton-on-Sea
The Essex Sunshine Coast newest attraction "Clacton Common Shopping Village", the south east's only major factory outlet, top name goods available at a discount on high street prices. The specially designed pedestrian street helps create a village atmosphere. Clacton's seafront gardens are a carpet of colour and provide a back drop for miles of golden sandy, clean, safe beaches and the town's fun packed pier. You will find olde world pubs to modern leisure facilities. A full programme of events throughout the year includes events such as the popular Classic Car Show and Clacton's spectacular two day Air Show. Market days Tuesdays and Saturdays. Some High Street shops open on Sundays, throughout the Summer.

Chelmsford
The county town of Essex, has much to offer a visitor, with an abundance of things to see and do locally. A pedestrianised High Street and Town Centre link the two main undercover shopping areas. Add this to the Retail Market, the Thursday Antiques and Second Hand Goods Market, international restaurants and cafes and Chelmsford provides an attractive traffic free environment for visitors to shop, eat or simply watch the world go by. Market days Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Dedham
An unspoilt village in the heart of Constable country on the Essex and Suffolk borders. Stroll down the beautiful High Street and admire the 16th Century St Mary's Church. There is an art gallery and an excellent range of shops providing a wide range of gifts, clothing, antiques and essentials. If you need reviving, there are two pubs both serving excellent food.

Frinton-on-Sea
Gracious is the quality which gives Frinton-on-Sea a unique place among holiday resorts. This is immediately apparent on even the most of fleeting visits. The town has attracted royalty, film and theatre stars as well as captains of industry. This is a haven of peace and relaxation. Tree lined avenues sweep elegantly down to the greensward, which overlooks the wide expanse of safe, sandy beach. The climate is above average for the area, with hours of sunshine and low rainfall throughout the year.

Maldon
Maldon has a historical character of many buildings on the waterfront and along the High Street which creates the picturesque charm of the town today. Away from the water there are enchanting quiet villages to explore, interesting churches to visit, old inns for refreshment and the opportunity to taste locally produced wine. There is a good range of shops, with an open-air market on Thursdays and Saturdays, early closing is on Wednesdays. Promenade Park has Edwardian style gardens and includes a marine lake where children can paddle, there is a sandy play area adjacent. Also in the park is an adventure playground, a picnic site, amusements, tennis courts and a mini-golf course provides a fun and crazy game for all the family. There are pedalos on the lake and boats on the river, available for hire. Motor shows and outdoor concerts take place in the park from April to September.

Walton-on-the-Naze
Has the second longest pier in Britain, which houses ten pin bowling, amusements, thrilling rides and stalls. Locally caught fish is on sale in the town and fishermen among you can charter a vessel for offshore sea fishing. Walkers can either explore the Naze or take the longer coastal walk which links with Jaywick, beyond Clacton-on-Sea.

Wivenhoe
An easy 5km cycle route which follows the river from Colchester town offers the cyclist the opportunity to visit its delightful town situated at the end of the Backwater estuary. The town has been featured in two contemporary series for the BBC.

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