Best Things to do this Summer in Essex

26th August 2021

As the first real summer without a lockdown, some of us may want to get out and have fun without going abroad. After all, there is plenty to do and see in our own back garden. Whether you’re looking for some things to keep the kids busy this summer or some adventures for adults, our guide is here to give you some tips on the best things to do in Essex 2021.

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The Gruffalo Trail

The Deep Dark Wood is located in the Thorndon Country Park North and is a great place for little and long legs alike. Entry is free and kids are free to explore. Why not set them the task of finding Julia Donaldson’s famous characters? While they let their imagination run wild, it’s also a lovely location for a walk, with winding paths and lovely views. This is a great place for the whole family to get some fresh air.

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Colchester Zoo

This award-winning animal park is one of the best in the region and has suffered over the last couple of years due to the different lockdowns. Located on Maldon Road in Colchester, the 60-acre park is home to around 260 different species, including elephants and zebras. There are plenty of playgrounds and places to eat, as well as opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals at feeding times! Save money by purchasing tickets online before your trip and enjoy a fun-filled day out.

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Southend pier

If you’re looking for somewhere near the sea to enjoy the good weather, Southend Pier makes a great addition to a day at the beach. As the longest pleasure-pier in the world, a stroll down the planks in Southend-on-Sea gives some great views. For tired legs, there is an electric railway running along the pier, as well as plenty of opportunities to fill up with fish and chips. If you still have some energy, you could even challenge yourselves with mini golf!

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Hadleigh Park

This 152 acre site was used by the London Olympic Games back in 2012. The cycle paths are built for a range of different abilities, meaning that the whole family can get involved for a more active day out. Hadleigh Park’s meadows, ponds and spectacular views mean that it’s great not just for cycling, but also for walks and, in the summer months, water sports. So if you’re looking to get some exercise or simply a spot to have a picnic, this is a great place to come. 

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Mersea Island

Another great location for those feeling drawn to the sea, Mersea Island has something for the whole family. Located near Colchester, the island provides perfect conditions for crabbing off the jetty, a paddle in the shallow waves or even fossil hunting! Fossils have been found for centuries around the cliffs to the East of the island, so don’t forget to bring magnifying glasses for those budding-archeologists. The various restaurants and cafes can sustain your adventures, or why not rent and take shelter in one of the shore’s colourful beach huts for the day? 

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Adventure Island

This is one for the kids. Southend-on-Sea is home to Adventure Island, famous for its incredible rides, attractions and events. There is no admission cost to this park, and it offers 40 exciting rides and other great attractions for your little ones. To help you have the best day ever, friendly staff are on hand for any questions. Exciting cafes and restaurants are also spread around the park if batteries are running a little low. Adventure Island is a fun-packed day out, not to mention great value for money.

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