Places to Visit

By SPP Reporter

Colchester Garrison, Colchester
Colchester Garrison, Colchester


Explore Braintree’s vast historic past by visiting its great museums, Exhibition centres and Art Galleries.

Keep the whole family entertained by visiting the huge Designer Freeport Village located just off the A12, which hosts a vast variety of shops, eating establishments.

While there, keep up to date with any new releases at Cineworld or enjoy hours of entertainment at Namco’s Funscape with ten pin bowling, pool and ping-pong, a karaoke room, sports bar and diner.


Clacton’s seafront gardens are a carpet of colour and provide a back drop for miles of golden sandy beaches. Entertain the family at Clacton Pier with 6.5 acres of fun and entertainment, including undercover and outsiderides, arcades, a six-lane bowling centre, a Seaquarium and several boardwalk side bars to quench your thirst as you walk down the beaches.

There are a full programme of events/days out throughout the year including the Clacton’s spectacular two-day air show and the popular Classic car show.

Markets are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


The county town of Essex, has much to offer a visitor, with an abundance of things to see and do locally. A pedestrianised High Street and Town Centre link the two main undercover shopping areas. Add this to the Retail Market, the Thursday Antiques and Second Hand Goods Market, international restaurants and cafes and Chelmsford provides an attractive traffic free environment for visitors to shop, eat or simply watch the world go by. Market days Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

An unspoilt village in the heart of Constable country on the Essex and Suffolk borders. Stroll down the beautiful High Street and admire the 16th Century St Mary's Church. There is an art gallery and an excellent range of shops providing a wide range of gifts, clothing, antiques and essentials. If you need reviving, there are two pubs both serving excellent food.

Gracious is the quality which gives Frinton-on-Sea a unique place among holiday resorts. This is immediately apparent on even the most of fleeting visits. The town has attracted royalty, film and theatre stars as well as captains of industry. This is a haven of peace and relaxation. Tree lined avenues sweep elegantly down to the greensward, which overlooks the wide expanse of safe, sandy beach. The climate is above average for the area, with hours of sunshine and low rainfall throughout the year.

Maldon has a historical character of many buildings on the waterfront and along the High Street which creates the picturesque charm of the town today. Away from the water there are enchanting quiet villages to explore, interesting churches to visit, old inns for refreshment and the opportunity to taste locally produced wine. There is a good range of shops, with an open-air market on Thursdays and Saturdays, early closing is on Wednesdays. Promenade Park has Edwardian style gardens and includes a marine lake where children can paddle, there is a sandy play area adjacent. Also in the park is an adventure playground, a picnic site, amusements, tennis courts and a mini-golf course provides a fun and crazy game for all the family. There are pedalos on the lake and boats on the river, available for hire. Motor shows and outdoor concerts take place in the park from April to September.

Has the second longest pier in Britain, which houses ten pin bowling, amusements, thrilling rides and stalls. Locally caught fish is on sale in the town and fishermen among you can charter a vessel for offshore sea fishing. Walkers can either explore the Naze or take the longer coastal walk which links with Jaywick, beyond Clacton-on-Sea.

An easy 5km cycle route which follows the river from Colchester town offers the cyclist the opportunity to visit its delightful town situated at the end of the Backwater estuary. The town has been featured in two contemporary series for the BBC.


East Anglia’s waterfront town surrounded by the beautiful Suffolk countryside and coastline is filled with Culture; history and entertainment making it perfect for family days out and picturesque dog walks. With direct railwayand road links to London, Ipswich is the perfect place to stay and explore.

Be entertained by great festivals and events with a vibrant mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the global.

Ipswich’s’ town centre is perfect for shopping at your favourite high-street brands as well some independent shops and boutiques.

If you’re looking for something to entertain the Kids, try your hand at go karting with an all-weather, age & ability karting experience with a small kids’ circuit too.

Or if you don’t fancy that, there’s always a fun day with Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ringos, Climbing Wall and High Ropes Experiences.

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