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Things to do in Essex

 

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Imperial Bird of Prey Academy (Billericay)
Ranked #1 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Tours
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Colchester Zoo (Colchester)
Ranked #2 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Zoos
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See "Playa Patagonia" with its 24... more » Owner description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See "Playa Patagonia" with its 24 metre tunnel under the water to view sea lions swimming above your head and "Dragons of Komodo" for the infamous Komodo Dragons. At the "Spirit of Africa" you can see the breeding group of African elephants and at "Kingdom of the Wild" there's Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes in a huge savannah style enclosure. Orangutan Forest opens 2009. Don't miss the chance to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself plus lots of other daily displays. « less
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Made by you Pottery (Leigh-on Sea)
Ranked #3 of 315 attractions in Essex
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Ranked #4 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
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Ranked #5 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
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Ranked #6 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Military Museums
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Brentwood Karting (Brentwood)
Ranked #7 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
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The Rio Cinema (Burnham-on-Crouch)
Ranked #8 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Movie Theaters
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Castle Park (Colchester)
Ranked #9 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks
Owner description: Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance, this Victorian... more » Owner description: Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance, this Victorian Park contains evidence of 2000 years of history and is a landscape moulded by the people of Colchester over many eras.Castle Park not only encompasses much of Colchester's rich heritage within its boundaries but is much loved and used as a part of present day life. It boasts over 1 million visitors a year. Providing a green oasis in the town centre, you can sit, walk, enjoy music, play games, or picnic amongst wonderful flowers and trees. Its horticulture is award-winning and the park has long been a superb venue for the town's big events.The park itself is designated Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. « less
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Promenade Park (Maldon)
Ranked #10 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks
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Ranked #11 of 315 attractions in Essex
Owner description: Skirmish, one of the first companies to bring paintball games to the UK from America was established in 1984 and since then... more » Owner description: Skirmish, one of the first companies to bring paintball games to the UK from America was established in 1984 and since then we have been successfully catering for all types of groups, individuals and corporate team building events for both adults and juniors (10yrs+)Our format makes booking in and participating easy. We can accommodate up to 180 players on an event day, but if your particular group is only a few in number you will be able to combine with other parties to make up the numbers. We know from experience that this is the best way to run a superb event, with everybody having a great day of fun. Birthday parties are very popular here!Paintball is a game to be played and enjoyed by people from all walks of life. You do not have to be young and fit, all you need is the ability to have fun and a sense of humour!Our well trained friendly staff are here to make sure your day runs smoothly and safely. All our marshals are over 25 yrs old with many years of paintball events management between them. « less
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Adventure Island (Southend-on-Sea)
Ranked #12 of 315 attractions in Essex
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Owner description: Adventure Island Fun Park is the U.K's No.1 FREE ADMISSION Fun Park. Situated on Southend-on-Sea's famous seafront we have... more » Owner description: Adventure Island Fun Park is the U.K's No.1 FREE ADMISSION Fun Park. Situated on Southend-on-Sea's famous seafront we have over 40 fabulous rides and attractions including the outragous RAGE roller coaster. You don't pay to enter, you ride the rides with our great value all day ride bands. « less
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Ranked #13 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
Owner description: Delta Force Paintball Upminster is located in Upminster, Essex, close to Upminster District Line London Underground station.... more » Owner description: Delta Force Paintball Upminster is located in Upminster, Essex, close to Upminster District Line London Underground station. This Upminster paintball centre has 8 amazing game zones, including props like jet aeroplanes, 4 double decker buses, armoured vehicles, forts, and a 2-storey Castle. Delta Force Paintball in Upminster is one of the only paintball centres to be located within the M25 - so for paintballing in London this is your most convenient choice! « less
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Ranked #14 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Galleries
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Old Leigh (Leigh-on Sea)
Ranked #15 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Neighborhoods
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Ranked #16 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks
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Tropical Wings Zoo (Chelmsford)
Ranked #17 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #18 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks
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Pets Corner (Harlow)
Ranked #19 of 315 attractions in Essex
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Ranked #20 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Gardens
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West Cliff Theatre (Clacton-on-Sea)
Ranked #21 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Established on the current Clacton site in 1899, and run independently by the West Cliff Trust, the West Cliff is the only... more » Owner description: Established on the current Clacton site in 1899, and run independently by the West Cliff Trust, the West Cliff is the only surviving purpose-built theatre in Clacton, and plays host to professional touring shows and many local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, dance schools, and other youth groups. Its compact auditorium with just under 600 seats, a unique atmosphere and knowledgeable and friendly staff make it Clacton's theatre of choice for artistes and audiences alike. The Stage Door Bar is open both prior to and during the interval for each show, and provides pre-booked meals for selected shows. The lounge may be hired for private functions with or without bar and catering services. « less
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Queens Theatre (Hornchurch)
Ranked #22 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Theaters
Owner description: The Queen's Theatre is a vibrant producing theatre in the London Borough of Havering, serving East London, Essex and beyond.... more » Owner description: The Queen's Theatre is a vibrant producing theatre in the London Borough of Havering, serving East London, Essex and beyond. As a registered charity and the cultural hub of the region, over 200,000 people enjoy the Theatre's work every year, from the best in live entertainment to an inspiring Education and Outreach programme. Here to entertain you! Under Artistic Director Bob Carlton, the Queen's is home the UK's only professional resident group of actor-musicians, the award-winning cut to the chase... Theatre home-made for you Behind the scenes all of our sets and costumes are all lovingly created on-site by our highly-skilled carpentry workshop, scenic artists and wardrobe department. « less
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Frinton on Sea Beach (Frinton-On-Sea)
Ranked #23 of 315 attractions in Essex
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Laser Warfare (Brentwood)
Ranked #24 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
Owner description: Laser Warfare is here! You've played Call Of Duty on your games console… now is the time to take it to the next level - step... more » Owner description: Laser Warfare is here! You've played Call Of Duty on your games console… now is the time to take it to the next level - step up and accept your mission! « less
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RHS Garden Hyde Hall (Chelmsford)
Ranked #25 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Gardens
Owner description: An Essex hilltop garden with sweeping panoramas, big open skies, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and drought tolerant... more » Owner description: An Essex hilltop garden with sweeping panoramas, big open skies, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and drought tolerant planting. A fabulous day out whatever the season. Facilities include a restaurant, cafe, gift & bookshop, plant centre, children's play area and free parking. « less
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Ranked #26 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Theaters
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Lakeside Karting (West Thurrock)
Ranked #27 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
Owner description: 900 metres long... ten challenging corners... three full blast straights... two daunting hairpins... it all adds up to one of... more » Owner description: 900 metres long... ten challenging corners... three full blast straights... two daunting hairpins... it all adds up to one of the fastest, most demanding kart circuits in the country. In a twin-engined Prokart, you'll be sitting an inch off the ground and hitting speeds of 60-70mph - definitely one of the most sensational experiences on four wheels « less
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Ranked #28 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks
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Ranked #29 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Bodies of Water
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Rainham Marshes (Purfleet)
Ranked #30 of 315 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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