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Towns... Coasts...
We've got both...

We're quite proud of North Essex, there's so much to see and explore whilst your here...

We're great but so is North Essex...

We're quite proud of North Essex, there's so much to see and explore whilst your here, and with excellent road links to Colchester and Clacton, as well as the surrounding towns, it makes sense to explore a little whilst your here...

To make it easy for you to explore the surrounding area, we've made a handy little guide to the local area with plenty of things to see and do...

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Colchester Zoo...

Price: £10-15pp (uniformed youth group rate)

2nd best in the UK, and 11th in the world, not a bad reputation...

Colchester Zoo is home to 200 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! Why not take a trip and teach your group about the importance of animals and the environment?

As you navigate your way around Colchester Zoo you’ll visit many different habitats and see animals from around the world, from the humid habitat of the Komodo dragons to the Africa plains, home to White rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu! 

Clacton Pier...

Price: £0-20pp

Who doesn't love to be beside the seaside..?

Clacton Pier is home to some great local attractions, and is officially the UK's largest pleasure pier! From Go Karts and Mini-Golf to Aquariums and Rollercoasters, there's something for everyone...

Colchester Castle...

Price: £0-£10pp

Did you know Colchester was the Roman capital of Britain...

A visit to Colchester Castle is better than ever before with interactive displays and star exhibits, like the Colchester Gladiator Vase and Fenwick Hoard of Roman treasure. 

Built on the foundations of Claudius Temple, Colchester castle is a must see. With plenty of interactive exhibits it'll keep the kids busy, and is an excellent chance to learn all about the history of Colchester, from the Romans right through to it's part in the civil war.

The exploring doesn't stop with the castle, why not tour the grounds, take in the gardens, mini-golf or play-park or why not visit the nearby Hollytree's Museum, a museum all about Georgian life in Colchester, and the best bits is its free...

Curve Water Sports...

Price: £20-25pp

Test yourself on the aquapark...

 

Situated in the local village of St. Osyth, its only a short journey via car. So why not book a slot on the aqua-park, it's great for all ages, and they're guaranteed to have fun as they make their way around the inflatable obstacle course and inevitably take a dip in the water. They also offer other water activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding or wakeboarding.

Colchester United...

Price: £0-25pp

Up the U's...

 

Whatever your allegiance, a day at the football is always a good afternoon, Our local football team Colchester United play their trade in the EFL League Two so why not take a trip and take in a game. Plus, with for every paying adult, four under 11's go free, so why not rope in a few adult volunteers and give the U's a watch, who knows you might walk away a U's fan...

Brightlingsea Lido...

Price: £3-£5pp

Don't forget your armbands...

Built in the 1930's it boasts an impressive 50m open air swimming pool overlooking the Colne Estuary as well as a shallower pool for toddlers and younger years. Brightlingsea Lido has recently been refurbished by the local community and is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance.

A trip to the lido is a great idea for the summer as the temperature's start to creep up and you need to take a dip to cool off...

Why not explore Brightlingsea a little further, we've heard there's a few good fish and chip shops around.

The best bit? Well you can hike directly into Brightlingsea via the footpath that runs throughout our campsite...

Mercury Theatre...

Price: £10-25 (pricing varies per show)

They're behind you...

Why not take a trip down to the newly refurbished Mercury Theatre in Colchester...

With plenty of child friendly shows your guaranteed to have a good time at the theatre, keep an eye out for certain show's as they may even help get a badge or two! Have a look at the billing and maybe take a trip on your next visit to Thorrington.

Wivenhoe Trail...

Take in a walk by the river...

One of the most popular walks in Colchester, the Wivenhoe Trail is an informal route of about 5 miles, stretching from Colchester town centre to the riverside town of Wivenhoe. Located nearby, it's a lovely walk to take, with plenty of wildlife...