Things to do in Essex

Local Attractions

Whether you're joining Five Lakes Resort for a fun-filled half term break, or staying for a long weekend, there are plenty of attractions in Essex to keep you and your loved ones entertained.

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The renowned yachting centre of Burnham-on-Crouch was once a former oyster port. Visitors can enjoy the town's historical surroundings and the numerous activities on offer. Most visitors find their way to the quay which has a range of attractions like Burnham's museum, delightful houseboats or the Riverside Park.


Only 10 miles away from the hotel, Colchester has long been known as Britain's oldest recorded town. Colchester is full of fantastic visitor attractions waiting to be discovered.

Colchester Castle surrounded by its beautiful Park will take you to the medieval ages. If you are interested in art, don't hesitate to visit the town's newest complex, Firstsite. Alternatively release your wild side and discover the world renowned Colchester Zoo.

If you're looking for something a little unique and edgy - unleash your inner Viking at Valhalla Lanes.

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Dedham is a lovely village located on the Essex/Suffolk border, 18 miles away from the hotel. There are no shortage of things to do from hiring a boat along the river, walking the Stour Valley Path, to simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

Walk down the High Street with its colourful wooden-beamed houses and boutique shops lining the streets or visit Dedham Church, an impressive 15th century building standing tall in the middle of the village. Housed in a converted church, Dedham Art & Crafts Centre exudes historic charm and is the perfect place to visit, shop and eat.


You will find this ancient Essex town, with its oldest part sitting high on a hill, overlooking the Blackwater estuary. Maldon is especially famous for the Hythe Quay, home to many of the remaining Thames Barges. Our friends at Top Sail Charters offer an unforgettable experience on board a vintage sailing barge. If you're feeling adventurous, and have an active bunch, we highly recommend Stand Up Paddleboarding.

If the sea is not your cup of tea, you can have a walk on Maldon Promenade Park or visit the fascinating collection at the Museum of Power. Alternatively check out Stow Maries - a unique war aerodrome with a rich history.

For the wine lovers out there, New Hall Vineyards is a must. It's one of the oldest vineyards in England to date - walk the trail and try the wine.

One of the district's hidden gems is Osea Island - accessible via an ancient Roman causeway, you get a real sense of escape when you stay on the Island.

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Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, situated off the coast of Essex and 10 miles away from Five Lakes Resort. Mersea is the perfect place for seafood fans and families who love its old-world charms.

For those of you who love the water our team highly recommend Mersea Island Watersports. They'll hook you up with windsurfing, sailing, paddle-boarding and kayaking to boot.


A contender for the title of 'largest village in England' Tiptree is best known for it's jam making, with the family-run business Wilkin and Sons.

To the south of the village lies Tiptree Heath, the largest surviving heathland in Essex and a site of special scientific interest. A small heard of Exmoor Ponies roam the heath and help manage the scrub and grassland.