Essex is located north east of London bordering the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Kent. It’s a varied county, a mix of rural in the north and more populated towns in the south offering the visitor great deal of choice and plenty things to do.
Chelmsford is the county town and the only city in Essex recently granted city status in 2012. A popular commuter town around 32 miles from Charing Cross and it was also voted in the top ten best places to live in the UK by Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location. A lively city that appeals to all ages with its vibrant nightlife, great restaurants, vast green spaces and large shopping centres. Whether strolling around the shops or walking in Central Park or cycling in Admirals Park, there is always something new to do.
Located in the centre of the city, Chelmsford Cathedral dates back to the 15th century, famous for its modern interior and collection of contemporary art. If you like history and stunning buildings then you will enjoy a visit to Hylands House, a Grade II listed neo-classical villa set in over 500 acres of grounds, Hylands Park. Hylands House dates back to the 1730’s and has had a recent refurbishment which has restored rooms to their Georgian and early Victorian splendour. The park holds a vast programme of events throughout the year including the V Festival which has been located there since 1996.
If you enjoy shopping then a trip to Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock is a must. One of the largest shopping areas in Europe, almost 2,600,000 square feet of retail space, with over 250 shops, it’s a shopaholic’s dream! One day might not be enough!
If a trip to the seaside is what you fancy then you can’t get more traditional than Southend-on-Sea! Home to the longest pleasure pier in the world, built in 1830, it travels 1.33 miles from the shore to sea. Why not experience a trip on the diesel-hydraulic railway that runs the length of the pier to the café on the end? With the Adventure Island amusement park offering over 50 rides, the Sea-Life Adventure aquarium, cliff top gardens and of course beautiful beaches, there is much to keep the whole family busy at this fun seaside resort.
If you find yourself craving a bit more adventure then why not try skydiving? This is the most popular of the extreme sports and the one to try if you are ready to step outside of your comfort zone. If you are not familiar with any local companies Google skydiving Essex and give them a ring. You need to feel comfortable and have confidence in the organisation you do your first jump with so you will get a feel for how supportive they will be when speaking to their team. If jumping in tandem with an instructor gives you the appetite for more, you might want to take the next step, a skydiving course to get qualified to do solo jumps. Then sky’s your limit!
At the other end of the scale why not take a day to visit the stunning Audley End? An English Heritage, 17th century country house located just outside of Saffron Walden, renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. The grounds are of particular interest to those in love with gardening. The stunning parkland was designed by Capability Brown and host a variety of events and concerts throughout the year.
There is so much to see and do in Essex, whether you are a visitor or you live in the county the varied activities on offer will always keep you amused and entertained.