FOUR TO EXPLORE
Posted: Wednesday 24th March 2021
If you want to escape and explore the great outdoors, then Essex really is the place for you. Discover rural pursuits, bracing walks and stunning scenery – available for all to enjoy.
Our hotel is a fantastic base to explore the hidden gems of Essex. Whatever the weather. Check out our top four recommendations below and put a spring back in your step with a much-needed adventure.
RHS HYDE HALL
Nestled in the heart of rural Essex, Hyde Hall is an oasis of peace and tranquillity with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern planting styles. The garden has expanded over the years and there are now more than 365 acres of garden to explore.
Since its inception, this vast garden has established from a handful of trees to a jewel in the landscape.
Proudly listed a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Attraction for 2020, Colchester Zoo is home to over 220 species and is set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes.
Spend the day visiting many different habitats; from the humid home of their Komodo Dragons to the zoo’s very own Africa plain. Walk through a 24m tunnel as sealions swim overhead or stop by the Rajang's Forest and see if you can hang for as long as an orangutan. You can also feed rainbow lorikeets in their tropical walkthrough aviary.
CHELMSFORD CITY RACECOURSE
Britain’s newest racing venue offers thrilling all-weather racing under the mesmerizing light of its champagne fluted floodlights. Chelmsford Racecourse also highlights its versatility with a huge variety of non-raceday events.
With fantastic facilities positioned in 150 acres of land, Chelmsford Racecourse provides a wonderful setting for racedays, concerts and venue bookings.
ABBERTON NATURE RESERVE
The huge expanse of Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is one of Europe's top wetland sites. It's a great trip for families either to enjoy it superficially or to chart your exploration in depth and see how many species you can see.
In the spring there is the unusual sight of Cormorants nesting in trees - one of the few places in Britain where they do this.