18 Aug Top 5 Holiday Destinations in Essex
by Lauren Brown
Summer. Beaches, Sand, Water-sports and unlimited Pina Coladas all inclusive with that 5* hotel. Or how about a holiday in Essex? Ever thought about saving the pennies this year and staying in England? After all, with Essex’s 350 miles of coastline, you’ve got ample opportunity to explore and get that Classic British seaside holiday in the Calendar. Here’s 5 potential getaway locations in the diversely wonderful county.
Whatever your taste or budget, a Colchester family day out offers fun, culture and picturesque scenery. With opportunities to ride a Roman chariot at Colchester Castle, Take in the beautiful Beth Chatto gardens and be at one with nature- there’s something for everyone. There’s also Colchester Zoo nearby (which, if any one of you have been to London Zoo, this one beats it HANDS DOWN.) There’s certainly more than one tiger, and you’re not left feeling hard done by, after seeing a few disinterested penguins.
Seaside resort Clacton-On-Sea has plenty to offer, including undercover and outdoor rides, arcades and bowling. But it wouldn’t be complete without a SeaQuarium- is that what they’re calling them these days? With lovely Sandy beaches, (hooray, no pebbles!), an air show and waves just the perfect strength so there’s no fear of the littleuns being whipped away by the current!
If you fancy a smaller beachy destination, Frinton-on-sea is an idyllic alternative to Clacton. Frinton retains an atmosphere of the 1920s/1930s, so if you’re into your Gatsby attire, or crave Nostalgia, try out this little gem. With Frinton-on-sea’s Cricket club and Walton on the Naze nearby as well as cute restaurants and bars- Frinton is the place for relaxation and true escapism.
In North-West Essex, just 15 miles to the south of Cambridge, you’ll find medieval town Saffron Walden. The town is home to many interesting historical buildings including St Mary’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Essex. Audley End House can also be found in this area, a largely early 17th-century country house. Audley End is renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England so If you enjoy a stately home, don’t miss Saffron-Walden.
Last but not least, how could we forget Leigh-on-Sea. This gorgeous seaside resort next to Southend was named ‘happiest place to live’ in 2016. Leigh scored highly on a range of stand-out features, including community spirit and a strong sense of belonging. Happy residents from Leigh-On-Sea said there is plenty to do, with the town having great access to sports and arts activities, with friendly people and beautiful nature and greenery! Forget a holiday, let’s move there!!
So if you’re not too keen on flying, or only have a few days holiday left this summer- get a move on and discover Essex in all it’s glory- I promise, it’s not all orange skin and whiter than white gnashers!