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New Hall Vineyards                                    Purleigh, Chelmsford                              www.newhallwines.co.uk   
English Vineyard is one of the oldest and largest English Wine Producer in the Country and was first established in Essex by the Greenwood family in the village of Purleigh in 1969. The vines grown at New Hall have been planted between 12m to 24m above sea level on well-sheltered southern facing slopes of a shallow valley.  Which over the years has proven itself to be an almost ideal climatic site for the growing of vines.
Directions:
From A12 take A414 towards Danbury and Maldon go straight onto B1010 3 miles on Left.
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Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre                  Broadley Common, Harlow                  www.redwings.co.uk
Visit rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules at the Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex. The centre has pleasant paddock walks and more than 50 horsey residents, many of whom are looking for homes through the Redwings Guardianship Scheme. The centre is open daily and entry is free!

Directions:  Off the B181 in Broadley Common, near Nazeing in Essex.

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Audley End House and GardensSaffron WaldenHistoric House
The doors of our restored historic stables recently opened, complete with resident horses and a Victorian groom. Our new stables experience includes an exhibition where you can find out about the workers who lived on the estate in the 1880s, the tack house and the Audley End fire engine. Try our dressing up clothes in the stables and meet our horses, Captain, Smoke, Bonny and Duke, too. Plus, children can let loose in our brand new themed play area next to our new Cart Yard Café which is already proving very popular with visitors. Audley End House itself is a magnificent house, built to entertain royalty, and includes a Victorian Service Wing complete with kitchen, laundries and a dairy. With beautiful grounds to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to see and do at Audley End House.

Beth Chatto GardensColchesterGarden
Internationally famous landscaped gardens with many unusual plants. Renowned Gravel Garden, water gardens and woodland. Large plant nursery and Tea Room.

Bourne MillColchesterMill
A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill, still with working waterwheel.

Boxten Airfield MuseumLanghamAir Museum
The museum was officialy opened on the 29th of May 2011 by Henry Farwell, American veteran of the 386th Bomb Group based at Boxted in 1943. The museum displays include the nose gearing mechanism from a P47 Thunderbolt, the largest piece of a B26 Marauder in the UK, the WW2 diary of the 386th bomb group, as well as artifacts from the airfield and general WW2 items.

Boydells Dairy FarmWethersfieldFarm Park
Small family farm specialising in sheep milking. Hands-on fun and educational guided tour including many other farm animals. Allow 2 hours. Wheelchair friendly. Picnic area.

Cater MuseumBillericayMuseum
Established in 1960 by Mrs Cater in memory of her husband, William Alexander Cater, the museum houses relics of bygone Billericay and surrounding areas. Complete with three period room settings and a restored period garden, the museum displays objects from the earliest times up to the 1950's. The museum also features the popular "Billericay at War" display, a collection of 450 books, maps of the area and an extensive photographic collection.

Coalhouse FortEast TilbuyFort
Coalhouse Fort is a Victorian coastal defence fort set in parkland next to the river Thames at East Tilbury, Essex, completed in 1874, to defend the approaches to London from the perceived threat of invasion from France. It is one of many such forts, referred to as Palmerston Forts. Over the years many of these forts have been demolished or radically altered but Coalhouse, although modified to take more modern armament, has kept much of its original architectural form.

Coggeshall Grange BarnCoggeshall, ColchesterOther Building
One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior. Exhibition of local woodcarving and tools.

Colchester Castle MuseumColchesterMuseum
A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War. Since the 16th century, the Castle has been a ruin, a library and a gaol for witches. Today it is an award winning museum featuring many hands-on displays showing Colchester's history from the Stone Age to the Civil War. The Castle itself is the largest keep ever built by the Normans. It was constructed on the Roman temple of Claudius, which can still be seen today.

Colne Valley RailwayCastle HedinghamSteam Railway
The Colne Valley Railway is a one mile long heritage railway located in North Essex, about 70 miles from London, and was formed in 1974 primarily as a home for steam locomotive number WD190. It has developed into a fully functional railway - when the site was bought there were no buildings at all. Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. A large and varied collection of operational vintage steam and diesel engines, carriages and wagons that represent much of our Railway Heritage is available to explore around.

Cressing Temple BarnsCressingHistoric Building
Two very large medieval barns a Visitor Centre and a delightful Tudor Walled Garden. Hosting a year-round programme of events and activities, including re-enactments.

Cudmore Grove Country ParkEast MerseaCountry Park
Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference. Located at the eastern end of Mersea Island, the park includes a sandy beach backed by a large expanse of open grassland, perfect for summer games, picnics and taking in the views. A haven for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Gardens of Easton Lodge, TheGreat DunmowGarden
From their origins in 1302 as part of a vast deer park, the 23-acre Gardens continue to enchant visitors with their natural beauty and ever-changing landscape. Formally redesigned by Harold Peto in 1902 in Italianate style, the Gardens were maintained until 1950, after which time nature took over. Tantalising glimpses of those designs have been resurfacing since 1993, when the Restoration Project began. Today's visitors can see his Italian Sunken Garden, and the herringbone and cobbled courtyard, plus other examples of his work. Additional creations by the Creaseys include the Living Sundial, the Dark Pool and the Shakespeare Border.

Great Notley Country Park and Discovery CentreBraintreeCountry Park
Great Notley Country Park covers some 100 acres of open space, which is managed for the benefit of wildlife and the community. The site was formally aroble farmland and has been transformed into a mixture of wetland and open grassland.

Green Island GardensArdleighGarden
Professionally designed gardens by Fiona Edmond, beautifully situated in 20 acres of mature woodland. There is a huge variety of plants, many unusual and of borderline hardiness, thriving here in the unique "island" microclimate. There are stunning mixed borders, a seaside garden, Japanese garden, gravel garden, water gardens, woodland walks, bamboo dell and tree house.

Hadleigh CastleHadleighCastle
The romantic ruins of a royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes. Hadleigh was begun in about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, but extensively refortified by Edward III during the Hundred Years War, becoming a favourite residence of the ageing king. The barbican and two striking drum towers – one later used by Georgian revenue men looking out for smugglers – are part of his substantial building works during the 1360s.

Hadleigh Castle Country ParkHadleighCountry Park
Hadleigh Country Park is one of the largest country parks in Essex. It takes its name from nearby Hadleigh Castle, an impressive ruin of a fortress built over 700 years ago, immortalised on canvas by John Constable. It's a great place to walk, picnic, or discover wildlife and one of the best places in Essex to see butterflies. It is also home to reptiles, which can sometimes be seen in the mornings warming themselves on the sunny slopes, whilst winter brings flocks of birds, such as geese and waders, to the marshes to feed.

Hanningfield Reservoir CentreBillericayCountry Park
The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and offers superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir. It is an ideal place to view the wildlife within the nature reserve and to receive the latest sightings news. The centre has full disabled access as does the Lyster Bird hide that is a short distance away. There are lots of gifts in the centre shop and a full range of binoculars and telescopes, as well as books and refreshments. So while you're enjoying a nice warming drink you can take time to enjoy the stunning view over the water and browse the display.

Hatfield ForestTakeley, Nr Bishop's StortfordNature Reserve
No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely. The ancient trees of the forest are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use. Some of our extraordinary ancient trees are 1,200 years old! Just imagine what these trees have lived through and the stories they could tell. Whether you want somewhere for the children to run off energy, somewhere you can run to keep fit, or somewhere to walk where you can quietly reflect, you will find your own special place somewhere in Hatfield Forest.

Hill HallNr Epping Historic House
This fine Elizabethan mansion features some of the earliest external Renaissance architectural detail in the country, and two rare and outstanding sets of 16th-century wall paintings of mythical and Biblical subjects. Hill Hall has now been divided into private houses, but parts remain open to the public by prior arrangement.

Hylands HouseChelmsfordHistoric House
Hylands House is stunning Grade II* listed building set in 574 of beautiful landscaped Parkland. Hylands is the perfect setting for your Wedding, Corporate meetings or Family Gatherings. There is also within the Stables Visitor Centre, a Gift Shop, Huttons Cafe, Secondhand Bookshop and Artist's Studios. Hylands offers a range of workshops for children and adults and runs many events from out door theatre events to Murder Mystery Evenings. Visiting Hylands Park, the One World Garden, the Pleasure Gardens and the Stables Visitor Centre is free!

Ingatestone HallIngatestoneHistoric House
The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond.

John Webbs WindmillThaxtedWindmill
Thaxted windmill was built in 1804 by John Webb, a local farmer and land owner, and worked commercially until 1905. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution it became possible to mill flour at anytime with the use of steam engines and the windmill fell into disuse. In 1970 a group of Thaxted people decided to restore the windmill and as well as restoring the windmill they also set up a small agricultural museum and picture gallery of old Thaxted photographs which add to the interest and enjoyment of a visit.

Lee Valley Park FarmsWaltham AbbeyFarm Park
Meet over 200 Farm and pet animals. Meet the lambs in spring, ride down on the tractor to see the milking and lots more.

Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle GroveColchesterAncient Monument
The banks and ditches of a series of late Iron Age defences protecting the western side of Camulodunum – pre-Roman Colchester. There are also many pre-Roman graves hereabouts, including Lexden Tumulus, allegedly the burial place of the British chieftain Cunobelinus.

Manningtree MuseumManningtreeMuseum
The Museum has a large collection of items relating principally to the town of Manningtree and the villages of Lawford and Mistley and the River Stour. Other items relate to ‘BX Plastics’ Brantham and Cattawade as well as Bradfield and Little Bromley. We also serve as a resource centre for family history and local history enquires. We may not know the answer, but please ask!

Mercury TheatreColchesterTheatre - Arts Centre
The Mercury Theatre Company was formed in 1998 by Dee Evans (Chief Executive) and Gregory Floy (Artistic Director). The objective was to develop an ensemble company, performing a classical repertoire, in the belief that this allows for the best quality work both individually and collectively, and to touch the human spirit through the Actor/Audience relationship which is at the centre of all great theatre. In addition, we ensure the best possible quality in production values, and have developed and supported the highest quality in direction and design.

Mistley TowersLawfordChurch
Two porticoed Classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776.

North Weald Airfield MuseumEppingAir Museum
The North Weald Airfield Museum is all about people. It's about the service personnel and civilians, who have lived, worked, flown, fought and died here since the airfield opened in 1916. The museum sets out to tell their story of a famous airfield that has protected London during two world wars. The story is told in displays, with photographs, artefacts and personal memories.

Oakwood NurseriesLittle ClactonGarden Centre
Garden Centre, Coffee shop, Small children’s play area, Re-use Centre. 0pen Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.

Prior`s Hall BarnWiddingtonOther Buildings
One of the finest surviving medieval barns in eastern England, tree-ring dated to the mid-15th century, with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof, the product of some 400 oaks.

Rayleigh MountRayleigh
Early medieval motte and bailey castle site, now an urban wildlife haven affording sweeping views. Adjacent windmill houses historical exhibition.

RHS Garden Hyde HallChelmsfordGarden
Hyde Hall is an inspirational garden of 24 acres. It has a great diversity of plants and planting styles providing wonderful seasonal interest.

Saffron Walden MuseumSaffron WaldenMuseum
Saffron Walden Museum opened in 1835. With wide-ranging collections, from moccasins and mummy cases to mammoth tusks and Wallace the lion, it still contains much to "stand awhile and admire". This award-winning, "friendly, family-size museum" is open 363 days a year. Collections cover the human and natural history of north-west Essex, from ancient times to the present day, and many other wonderful objects from the wider world. The Museum is set in an enclosed grass meadow, suitable for picnics, with a small car park and access for disabled visitors. It stands beside the ruins of the 12th century Walden Castle.

St Botolph`s PrioryColchesterPriory
The remains of one of the first Augustinian priories in England, founded c.1100. An impressive example of early Norman architecture, built in flint and reused Roman brick, the church displays massive circular pillars and round arches and an elaborate west front. Later badly damaged by cannon fire during the Civil War siege of 1648.

St John`s Abbey GateColchesterAbbey
This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork', is the sole survivor of the wealthy Benedictine abbey of St John. It was built c.1400 to strengthen the abbey's defences following the Peasants' Revolt. Later part of the mansion of the Royalist Lucas family, the gatehouse was bombarded and stormed by Parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War siege.

Tilbury FortTilburyFort
Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War. Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth I famously rallied her army nearby to face the threat of the Armada. The present fort is much the best example of its type in England, with its circuit of moats and bastioned outworks. Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here. Our exhibition traces the role of the fort in the defence of London.

Waltham Abbey Gatehouse and BridgeWaltham AbbeyAbbey
A fine 14th-century gatehouse, bridge and other remains of the abbey refounded by Harold, last Saxon King of England.

Weald Country ParkSouth WealdCountry Park
The park landscape at Weald has been sculptured over time, from deer park to formal gardens and lakes. The woods and park remain to be enjoyed by all. Bluebells carpet the floor of the woodlands in spring, and the rhododendrons add fiery splendour in May. With the birds around the lake bright in their spring plumage, it is a great time of year to visit the bird hide on the large lake. The park was once a deer park used for hunting and fallow deer have been reintroduced.

Willow CottageGreat YeldhamGarden
Pretty cottage garden set in a third of an acre adjacent to farmland. There are mixed borders full of plants and shrubs that attract birds, bees and butterflies. You can also enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Essex countryside while having a delicious home-made cream tea served in delightful surroundings under flower covered arbours and a patio with colourful pots. Limited opening.


 
Abberton Reservoir Visitor CentreColchester
Adventure Island Theme ParkSouthend-on-Sea
Audley End Miniature RailwaySaffron Walden
Bardfield VineyardGreat Bardfield
Barleylands Craft Village and Farm MuseumBillericay
Barn TheatreDunmow
Battlesbridge Motorcycle MuseumBattlesbridge
Beecroft Art GalleryWestcliff-On-Sea
Birchanger Tourist Information CentreBishops Storford
Blake Hall Gardens and MuseumOngar
Blake House Craft CentreBraintree
Bradwell Power Station and Visitor CentreBradwell-On-Sea
Braintree Tourist Information CentreBraintree
Brandler GalleriesBrentwood
Brentwood MuseumBrentwood
Brentwood Tourist Information CentreBrentwood
Bridge End GardensSaffron Walden
Brightlingsea MuseumBrightlingsea
Canvey Railway and Model Engineering ClubCanvey Island
Cathedral Church of St Mary and St HelenBrentwood
Central Museum and PlanetariumSouthend-on-Sea
Chappel GalleriesColchester
Chelmer and Blackwater NavigationLittle Baddow
Chelmsford CathedralChelmsford
Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment MuseumChelmsford
Chelmsford Tourist Information CentreChelmsford
Childsplay AdventurelandColchester
Clacton PierClacton-On-Sea
Clacton Shopping VillageClacton
Clacton-on-Sea Tourist Information CentreClacton-On-Sea
Coggeshall Heritage CentreCoggeshall, Colchester
Colchester CastleColchester
Colchester Visitor Information CentreColchester
Colchester ZooColchester
Danbury Country ParkDanbury
Dutch Cottage, TheRayleigh
East Anglian Railway MuseumColchester
Epping Forest District MuseumWaltham Abbey
Essex Police MuseumChelmsford
Felsted VineyardFelsted
Finchingfield (Duck End) PostmillFinchingfield
Fingringhoe Wick Nature ReserveFingringhoe
FirstsiteColchester
Flitch Way Country ParkRayne
Focal Point GallerySouthend-on-Sea
Freya's Ponyland Rescue Centre and Farm MuseumTumblers Green
Fry Art GallerySaffron Walden
Go BananasColchester
Gosfield HallHalstead
Gosfield Lake ResortHalstead
Ha'penny Pier Visitor CentreHarwich
Hainault Forest Country ParkChigwell
Harwich Redoubt FortHarwich
Hazle Ceramics WorkshopGreat Warley
Hedingham CastleHalstead
High Woods Country ParkColchester
Holland Haven Country ParkClacton-On-Sea
Hollytrees MuseumColchester
House on the Hill Toy Museums AdventureStansted
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear BunkerBrentwood
KursaalSouthend-on-Sea
Langdon Hills Country ParkCorringham
Langdon Visitor's CentreBasildon
Layer Marney TowerColchester
Leez PrioryChelmsford
Little Easton Manor and Barn TheatreGreat Dunmow
Lower Barn Farm Craft and Cultural CentreRayleigh
Maeldune Heritage CentreMaldon
Maldon and District Agricultural and Domestic MuseumGoldhanger
Maldon District MuseumMaldon
Maldon Tourist Information CentreMaldon
Mangapps Railway MuseumBurnham-On-Crouch
Marks Hall Garden and ArboretumCoggeshall, Colchester
Marsh Farm Country ParkChelmsford
Megazone Laser ArenaRayleigh
Mersea VineyardEast Mersea
Mole Hall Wildlife ParkSaffron Walden
Motorboat MuseumBasildon
Moulsham MillChelmsford
Mountfitchet CastleStansted Mountfitchet
Museum of PowerMaldon
Natural History MuseumColchester
Old House, TheRochford
Original Great Maze, TheBraintree
Paycocke'sCoggeshall, Colchester
PC ArenaColchester
Prittlewell PriorySouthend-on-Sea
Quasar at RollerworldColchester
Red House Visitor CentreColchester
Saffron Walden Tourist Information CentreSaffron Walden
Sealife AdventureSouthend-on-Sea
Southchurch Hall MuseumSouthend-on-Sea
Southend AirportSouthend-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea PierSouthend-on-Sea
Thaxted Garden for ButterfliesThaxted
Thaxted GuildhallThaxted
Thurrock MuseumGrays
Thurrock Tourist Information CentreGrays
Tiptree Tearoom, Museum and ShopTiptree
Townsford Mill Antiques CentreHalstead
Tropical Wings Butterfly and Bird GardensWoodham Ferrers
TumblewoodHalstead
Tymperleys Clock MuseumColchester
Walton Hall MuseumStanford-Le-Hope
Walton PierWalton-on-the-Naze
Wat Tyler Country ParkPitsea

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