There are currently 7 country parks in Essex, a visitor farm and a heritage site located throughout the countryside. Providing you with access to relaxing open spaces, woodland trails, coastland, historic parklands and a modern working farm. Ideal attractions to visit on a short break in Essex.
For details of parks in Essex please visit the Essex Country Parks website here: www.visitparks.co.uk
Choose to stay in a self catering holiday cottage in the country or a holiday bungalow by the miles of coast line.
Whether you're visiting the popular tourist areas of Southend and Clacton or relaxing in the countryside villages, Essex self-catering establishments are perfectly located for your convenience.
Essex has a mostly flat landscape with a gentle coastline of calm shores and quiet river estuaries. Some of this unspoilt coastline presents the perfect opportunity for spotting wildlife.
Essex has over thirty nature reserves and visitor centres, which form part of its wildlife trust. This makes Essex one of the best areas in England for bird-watching and wildlife spotting.
Much of this wildlife can be seen in Epping Forest. Epping Forest, sprawling across the border with Greater London, was once a royal forest. Kings hunted deer here, until the forest was taken over by The City of London Corporation in 1878.
In 1882 Queen Victoria dedicated the forest to her people. Today Epping Forest makes a fantastic day out in the half term dates.
Visitors can take guided walks, cycle the paths or wander through the grounds at their leisure. The forest also organises events, including open air theatre, and has digital displays for all the family.
With more sunshine hours and fewer inches of rainfall than anywhere else in Great Britain, Essex is the ideal short break holiday destination.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these school half term holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.
If your child attends a voluntary aided or foundation school, their holiday dates may vary from those shown on the Essex calendar. You must check with the school before making any commitments. School term dates are set at least 12 months before the following school year.
Essex school holidays successfully combine modern life with ancient history. In this historical county you'll find a diverse mix of seaside activities and old English tales. Whichever part of Essex you visit, history comes to life and family days out offer excitement and fun.
You can find holiday accommodation catering for all tastes and budgets. From cosy self-catering cottages by the marshes to traditional bed & breakfast, luxury hotels for a romantic getaway to great priced hotels which are perfect for the bargain conscious weekend traveller.
Essex also offers a range of great value holiday accommodation perfect for family breaks or those travelling on a budget, including campsites and holiday parks and hostels. Essex is the perfect location for a half term holiday or short weekend break.
When the Romans invaded Britain, they made Colchester in Essex their capital. Lying in the south east of England and bordering with Greater London, this former Roman stronghold boasts some extraordinary sites.
The naming of Colchester, supposedly from a mythical king 'King Ceol', is said to have inspired the nursery rhyme 'Old King Cole'. Colchester is rich in history and ancient stories and is the oldest recorded town in Britain.
Colchester Castle Museum takes you through its history with some exciting exhibitions and events. Learn how the castle was first a Roman temple, which Boudica destroyed by burning it to the ground. From this ruin the Normans built Colchester Castle. This impressive historical site is a great place to visit in the Essex school holidays, combining learning with a family day out.
Take a trip to the coastline near Colchester and you'll find uncomplicated seaside fun and a slow pace of life. Tendring, otherwise known as ‘the sunshine coast', is a quiet and peaceful area to base your Essex holiday.
This area has the lowest rainfall in the UK and earns its nickname, The Sunshine Coast, by maintaining the mildest climate in England. Clacton-On-Sea offers a traditional seaside experience, and the surrounding villages are picturesque and quaint.
For seaside fun in the half term break with a little more excitement, Southend-On-Sea is the place to go. Southend stretches from Leigh-On-Sea in the west to Shoeburyness in the east, giving visitors a wide choice of things to see and do. Southend pier is the longest in the world and this stretch of coastline boasts seven miles of seafront.
For the thrill-seekers in the family Adventure Island Theme Park has over sixty rides and attractions. Adventure Island operates with free entry and visitors only pay for the rides they actually use.
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