There is a tourist information centre in Market Place. Walton-on-the-Naze has a good beach and the second longest pier in Britain, with one of the world's oldest amusement parks. You may also with more information. Essex Tourist Information is available at Waltham Abbey, where you can also visit the 16th Century timber framed buildings of the Epping Forest District Museum and Royal Gunpowder Mills steam-powered mill. Essentially, the discount earned from Trek America was many multiples of the 3 month joining fee to get it! Some items though, are just … there, which adds to the general wonder of the place — like a 5 foot tall resin polar bear or a pretty creepy clown model playing a saxophone. In South Essex, Brentwood is a busy town with good shopping and leisure facilities.
However, there are of course plenty of edible items which include, but are not limited to mushrooms. Just outside the village of Kelevdon Hatch. If any of that wasn't enough, as you walk up to the hill to the museum there's various life size dinosaurs which, although a little past their best, add to the overall charm of this wonderful experience. Whilst waiting for everyone to fully assemble, you get to know everyone and are invited to take a look at the array of vegetarian cookbooks Leon himself has published. The town is surrounded by open countryside, which is part of the Metropolitan Green Belt, and the centre of town is only a short walk from pleasant woods and commons. After coming to ruin, Mountfitchet Castle and its Norman village have been artfully reconstructed. He absentmindedly said Wouldn't it be great if you could just pick mushrooms and eat them, and know that you haven't accidentally picked poisonous ones, so you could be safe in the knowledge that you wouldn't die a terrible and slow death by the hand of some not-so-fun Fungi? You can learn about the town's history at Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park.
The building itself looks deceptively small and you could easily re-visit time and again as the aisles seem to go on forever. I have never been more wrong in my life. Whatever your interest, there is lots of choice in Essex with archaeology, history, coastline with seaside resorts, delightful countryside for walking, cycling and horse riding, nine country parks, busy towns and pretty villages to explore. The main premise of Leon's Veg Walk is that you go for a gorgeous ramble through the local woods of Brentwood identifying free edible food out in nature, with a charming and slightly ethereal gentleman called Leon. Colchester is traditionally known for its cloth weaving, flower growing and oysters. Past exhibitions have included some big names, like pop-art poster boy Andy Warhol. The entirety of the Island is a national nature reserve and is completely uninhabited except for the warden.
Imagine life here by visiting the rooms built to recycle air and communicate with the outside, try on gas masks and even eat in the canteen. Now, let it be known that I am incredibly, in fact verging on obscenely carnivorous. Our activities and socials are a great way to try something new or have fun and make friends, you'll never be stuck with something to do in Essex. Forget any preconceptions you have about this county: there are so many fun things to do in Essex. In the Blackwater and Colne estuaries. As the day goes on, you will see a group of adults although the walk is open to children as long as they are properly supervised go from standoff-ish, nervous, adult-y type beings to treasure hunting maniacs.
This little estuary island offers the simple pleasures of a day by the seaside, complete with colourful beach huts, delicious seafood and a charming small-town vibe. However, it's not actually the castle that I am concerning myself with in this article — it is actually, instead, the House on the Hill Toy Museum. You simply choose your event, book and turn-up, we take care of everything. Ask most people and it's full of louts and loudmouths whose only source of enjoyment are sleazy pubs, McDonald's and dirty, grotty clubs. Braintree is a bustling market town, good for shopping, restaurants, arts and entertainment.
To prove so, please read on to see my top 3 things unusual, unexpected, or non stereotypical things to do in Essex. If you like your history lessons all guns blazing, reenactments of battles are sometimes held outdoors in the summer. I needed to start mixing socially again without getting involved with 'singles' or 'dating' groups and Spice proved to be the perfect solution. To book speak directly to Leon. Opening times are 10am-5pm but check ahead as the museum only opens from March to November. House on the Hill Toy Museum at Stansted Mountfitchet Most people in Essex have probably been to the sleepy town of Stansted Mount Fitchet at some point in their school lives — I think at one point it was probably Anglian law that every school year must go and see Mount Fitchet castle on a trip — and for good reason, as although it's a little dated it is interesting and informative. Home to actual dragons of the komodo kind , this award-winning zoo is one of the biggest and best in the country.
These are discussed, snipped and collected in Leon's basket. From nature and nightclubs to seaside attractions and historical monuments, first-time visitors might be surprised by just how diverse this county is. Don't miss Southend Pier - which is the world's longest pier. For the price of entry you could easily spend 2 to 3 hours here and still be wanting to come back for a second look, so it's definitely not one to be missed. Something that strikes me is that Essex gets this bad reputation particularly often. Firstly you meet up with all the other walkers in this gentleman's personal abode. Discover things to do in Essex with Spice London Spice London arranges an amazing variety of fun social and exciting activities every month in and around Essex, London and also across the country.
Or if you prefer, hire boats and row the same route along the River Stour. One of the great things about Spice events is sharing the experience with other Essex Spice members and making lots of new friends. It was decommissioned after the Cold war and is now open to the public for self-guided tours. And all for £25 quid a head. He explains cheerfully that you can tell whether you should be looking or not simply judging by his speed — if he's briskly walking, just follow, but if he slows down, you know you are in a good spot for mushroom finding.
In Maldon you can visit The Hythe, where the Thames sailing barges are moored, and explore the steep winding streets with intriguing inns and shops. Southend-on-Sea is the largest town in Essex, a vibrant resort with seven miles of sparkling seafront, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. . Through my entire visit there, I didn't see another living soul, and it was lovely to just walk the quiet route around the island with nothing but myself and my thoughts, and the occasional heron. To put it bluntly, I. More information can be found here or by calling 01279 813237.