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Things To Do in Essex

We have a vast range of activities and facilities available right here at Gladwins Farm. With our outdoor play area and tennis court, Woodland Walk, indoor play area and indoor swimming pool, you’ll never be bored. 

Should you wish to, Essex, home to the countries oldest recorded town, is a great area to explore. Whether you are looking for historic sites, points of interest, museums, gardens, concerts, shows, churches or cathedrals, there is something for every one. Read our guide of things to do in Essex to find out more.

Dedham

Situated amongst the Stour Valley, Dedham Vale was featured in many of John Constable’s infamous paintings. Equally as infamous are the 26 Clinker built rowing boats which can be hired from the Boathouse Restaurant enabling you to leisurely row along the River Stour to Flatford Mill. If this doesn’t take your fancy, there are also a number of restaurants and tea rooms, as well as shops and exhibitions for you to explore. 

Museum of Power

Located in Langford, the Museum of Power contains a fascinating collection of power-related exhibits such as steam engines and farming machinery. Fun for all the family, the Museum of Power also holds a range of events throughout the year, including; a Cars and Coffee meet, outdoor cinemas, antiques fairs and transport festivals. 

The Beth Chatto Gardens

The Beth Chatto Gardens which was once an overgrown wasteland of brambles, parched gravel and boggy ditches has been transformed by Beth Chatto OBE using plants adapted by nature to thrive in different conditions. The Gardens hold regular events throughout the year including; wildlife fairs, children’s activity days and workshops. Prices for these events can be found on their website. 

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

As the leading Bird of Prey Centre in Essex, Imperial Bird of Prey Academy set on Barleylands Farm and Craft Village, offer a wide range of experience days, which are both fun and educational for all the family. Enjoy flying displays, craft shops, tearooms and a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Check out their website for further details. 

The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

The Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch is a large underground bunker maintained during the cold war as a potential regional government headquarters. Open to the public since 1992, the secret bunker allows you to take a step back in time by following an audio tour. Entry prices can be found online. 

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