The main galleries examine the development of the area from prehistory to the twenty-first century, focusing upon the textile and manufacturing industries of Courtaulds, Warner & Sons and Crittalls, with additional displays of Castle Hedingham pottery, the work of the Great Bardfield artists, and Essex straw and lace.
With over 260 different species, Colchester Zoo is a great day out for young & old alike. See the lions roaming around as King of the Jungle or the giraffes being fed by the keepers whilst enjoying the beautiful life-like setting in the heart of Essex.
Take a step back in time and discover this rural estate, founded by the medieval monks of the Knights Templar. Set in peaceful surroundings, you can come here to escape and just enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Formally farmland until recently transformed into a mixture of open grassland & wetland, Great Notley Country Park provides a haven for a number of different species of wildlife. Enjoy a family picnic, fly a kite, or even take a casual stroll and enjoy the stunning Essex countryside.
Located at the Blake House Craft Centre, the Maize Maze ensures hours of entertainment as the whole family weaves in & out of 10 acres of maize pathways. If you find yourself defeated by the Maze, there is always a viewing platform and ‘Lost Souls’ map if you need a little extra help.
Get to experience the real Essex and take a ride on this period country railway. Whether you just want a ride on one of the many steam engines, or you want to learn about the history of the train, there’s something for the whole family!
Take a look around this historic Norman village and find out what really happened in 1066. Pet the many animals roaming around the site or take a look around at the famous toy museum, home to a life-size Dalek and a variety of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.