In preparation of English Tourism Week (17 – 25 March 2018), we have put together a few of our top reasons to visit Essex along with must-see attractions, things to do in the Essex area, and where to stay. English Tourism Week occurs annually and is a great opportunity to celebrate the best of England and to also discover new places! Essex has many hidden gems, take a look:
Exploring historic Colchester:
The medieval town of Colchester has so much to offer, from shopping, spas, theatre and a plethora of restaurants, to historical sites such as Colchester Castle and Layer Marney Tower. The renowned Colchester Zoo, now listed as the 11th best zoo in the world, is a total must-see among locals and tourists, with over 260 different species including some rare and endangered animals.
Where to stay?
Cycling and rambling:
Essex has many cycling routes which are perfect for dusting off the cobwebs and exploring cultural sites, towns and rural Essex. Pedal around the picturesque village of Wivenhoe or the quaint coastal town of Brightlingsea (both within close proximity of our modern, self-catering accommodation), or take a relaxing ride to Dedham and explore the landscape and mills that inspired painter John Constable. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful bike ride or some hard-core cycling terrain, Essex has got you covered. Take a look at some of the Essex cycle routes.
If you prefer to take a stroll, Essex has plenty of walks to choose from. From coastal walks to rural landscapes, towns to charming villages, there’s plenty for you to explore. Mersea Island is perfect for walking and also offers watersports, sailing, bird watching and fresh seafood. Alternatively, The Essex Way stretches from Epping to the historic port of Harwich and is our most famous path at 81 miles long!
Pristine beaches and tranquil coastline:
Essex has 350 miles of coastline with beautiful beaches and seaside towns to discover along the way. Visit Southend on Sea, one of the most famous seaside resort home to the longest pier in the world and the theme park Adventure Island. Alternatively, if you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter without the amusement arcades, visit Frinton-on-Sea for a leisurely walk along the long sandy beach or Brightlingsea with its multi-coloured beach huts.
Here at Event Essex, we offer affordable accommodation to visitors throughout the summer. Our accommodation is based at the University of Essex Colchester campus, set in 200 acres of tranquil parkland on the outskirts of Colchester and close to the pretty quayside town of Wivenhoe. With key transport links such as the mainline train station just a few miles away (just an hour from London) and close to the A12, our accommodation provides the perfect base for exploring over the summer months. Take a look at our accommodation facilities or alternatively, you can book your stay online.