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Self catering cottages Essex


Rent a cottage in Essex for fun on the beach, in the countryside and at a host of tourist attractions. Essex has some great beaches, for long sandy beaches go to Clacton -on Sea, Walton on the Naze or Frinto in north Essex. Southend on Sea offers a wonderful fun fair and family entertainment - it is the most commercial seaside reaort in Essex.


There are plenty of opportunities for sailing along the Essex coast.


Visit Open farms in Essex


There are a number of open farms in Essex that are always popular with children. These offer trails around the farm to see the animals, tractor rides, play parks, soft play, educational demonstrations and activities.

Marsh Farm - South Woodham Ferrers

Old MacDonald's Farm in Brentwood, Essex

Hadleigh Farm near Benfleet Essex

Boydell's Dairy Farm in Braintree



Soft Play Centres


One of the very best soft play centres in Essex is in the lovely riverside town of Maldon (which also has lots to offer for families in Promenade Park). It is in Madison Heights.

Go Bananas in Colchester


Self catering family breaks in Essex

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There is a vast array of both outdoor and indoor activities for families to enjoy during a self-catering break in Essex. A rented cottage is a good form of holiday accommodation for families because of the ample space for children to play and often a garden as well. Self-catering is the budget conscious holiday option which suits families.

Take a look at some of the activities on offer in Essex and see for yourself why it is such a good family break destination.

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Places to visit in Essex of interest to families


Lovely places for country walks and rambles: Epping Forest is in south west Essex and borders Greater London. This is still a good location for orienteering and woodland walks.


Hatfield Forest, just south of Stansted Airport offers way-marked trails.


Essex also has a good number of open commons and country parks. The Olympic Games mountain biking event is held at Hadleigh Country Park near Leigh-on-Sea.

Other fabulous open spaces for rambles are: Danbury Common, Blakes Wood has masses of bluebells at the end of April, Hanningfield Reservoir for woodland walks, bird hides looking out over the reservoir, boat hire and fishing.


Open Gardens to Visit in Essex

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester

RHS Hyde Hall near East Hanningfield Essex

The Red Cross Open Garden Scheme in Essex


It is always good fun to pick your own fruit on holiday. Grace's Fruit Farm in Saffron Walden (north Essex) allows visitors to pick soft fruit during the summer to take back to their holiday cottage for tea.


Colchester Zoo is one of the best in England - it offers lots of animals in good conditions and a few walk through areas where children can stroke or get very close to domestic animals.


Barleylands near Billericay have a regular programme of animal related events such as sheep shearing, baby chicks at Easter and entertainment for families.


There are museums such as the Museum of Power near Maldon and town Museums in Chelmsford, Colchester. Colchester has a castle with interactive displays that children love.




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