Leisure Time

Red Beach Hut

Enjoy the perfect day at the beach. Give yourself permission to switch off and do nothing at all at the Red Beach Hut. Visit one of Essex’s best beaches, Walton-on-the-Naze, retreating to the comfort of your very own beach hut for the whole day – or week! Spotlessly clean, fresh and modern.

Dedham Boathouse

Located beside the river Stour, in a truly gorgeous location. The Boathouse is unique in the area. You can hire an individually-named rowing boat, then go for a peaceful trip along the river while impressing your company with your skills of the oars.

Boxted Airfield Museum

Originally a USAAF airfield, turning to a RAF airfield after the war, Boxted Airfield is full of history. The museum here at Langham comprises of two Nissen Huts, refurbished and kitted out with a whole host of informative wall plaques.

Woodchests Glamping

Located near Pebmarsh village, with the pub and beautiful church a mere 20 minute walk from this glamping site, you will find peace throughout your break here! With a total of just three glamping safari tents on this huge grassy field, you are completely relaxed – with quite literally no electronics to disturb you, just valuable time to refresh your soul!

Rollerworld

The amazing atmosphere, the awesome lighting, the thunderous sound-system, the colours, the fun! It’s literally all of those things and so much more! Based at Moorside, with on-site parking and superb facilities. This is all fronted by a fantastic crew, who are friendly, helpful, and want to make sure you have a great visit – all making Rollerworld one for your ‘Must Do’ list.

Roman Circus Visitor Centre

You can find the visitor centre tucked around the back of the new homes/old barracks off Butt Road into Circus Walk. With a car park for visitors, you can get a space right outside the centre. Inside, you’ll see a fantastic model of the Circus, the longest Roman structure ever built in Britain! With a lovely café & tearoom, you can refresh while you are here!

Natural History Museum

With free entry, the Natural History Museum, is a great way to pass some time, looking at the displays and models of local scenes, along with reading up on interesting facts and figures from the local area. And to finish, you have a nice range of gifts and souvenirs to choose from in the shop section.

Putt in the Park

With obstacles, terrains, water-features, all giving the visitor a great fun game – this is a venue to be enjoyed by all! You’ll be pleased you visited this local, outdoor activity, that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and has great facilities in the café/bar, where you can enjoy a great coffee, soft drink, or a grown-up beverage. Not only that, but delicious light meals and snacks are readily available to buy! VO, GF.

Furze Hill Recreation Ground

Furze Hill is a most excellent find, particularly if you have children that need to get outdoors for a while, or if you like a picnic, a stroll through the woods, perhaps just seeing the amazing trees! There’s the ‘Furze Hill Fitness Trail’ with a route to follow. With lots of old and hollowed out trees, there are some truly amazing sights amongst these old lovelies.

Rubix

With a fantastic, colourful and exciting, retro feel from the outside-in, Rubix revolutionises the way you enjoy nights out in town. Come along in your best 1980s styling to enjoy a retro throwback like no other! With a downstairs and upstairs bar, you will be having a night to remember with your friends.

Hollytrees Museum

If you haven’t visited Hollytrees Museum lately (right next to Colchester Castle), it is definitely worth a visit to see these fabulous clocks, plus the other interesting artefacts filling the levels of this marvellous building. Free entry!

Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester Castle, is a great local attraction. Play along with lots of interactive areas such as: arch building, dressing up, chariot race game, and more! Read all the info boards, see the displays of coins, potteries, and artefacts from all around this area.

Colchester Climbing Project

This is a phenomenal place, an independent and local business, that truly concentrates on giving the valued patrons a brilliant experience! Run by avid and experienced climbers, this set up is professional from a climbers perspective, friendly from a users perspective, and open for learning from a newbie perspective.

Fingringhoe Wick

If you’ve never been to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, try it! With some lovely walkway paths, great views across the Colne Estuary, lots of wildlife, and gravel-pit history! There’s also a coffee/cake and facilities shop for your refreshments & toilets. Facilities are fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and some (but not all) walks are also accessible.

Cudmore Grove Country Park

Looking for somewhere else with good value to take the children? Why not pop over the water, across The Strood, to Cudmore Grove? (Check tide times and heights before you travel). We are so lucky to have this wonderful facility in our reach. This offers great value at just the cost of a Pay & Display ticket!

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