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Is Essex on the map for your next motorhome holiday? We are committed to delivering the best holiday around, so this UnbeatableHire guide brings you all you need to get your holiday off to a great start. Essex is packed with good days out and sights to see, from the classic Clacton Pier to the elegant Chatto Gardens. A visit to this rich and varied county will offer something for everyone.

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Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier offers a fun-packed family day out, with hundreds of amusements and rides. There’s a huge range of attractions, including exciting rides, ten-pin bowling, boat excursions and even sea fishing. They also host many special events so it’s worth checking near to the time if you are visiting.

Find the Pier at 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX
Telephone: 01255 421115 (Pier Office)
Email: pierinfo@clactonpier.com

Open all year with free entry to pier, but amusements are chargeable.




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The Royal Exchange Theatre

Blackwater Boats is the ideal way to explore Essex’s waterways, along the Chelmer and Blackwater navigation. They offer trips every hour, as well as private charters if you are happy in charge of a boat.

Find Blackwater Boats at Brook End Road (South), Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6NX
Telephone: 01206 853282 (Office) or 07802 514400
Email: ron.blackwaterboats@btinternet.com

Sunday (1 hour trips) are typically available from April until August, but private charters are available throughout the year. Pre booking is advisable, and all trips and charters are subject to river and weather conditions.

The wide beam boat is suitable for disabled people also.




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Barleylands Craft Village & Farm Centre

Barleylands has farm park, craft village and weekly farmer’s market under one roof. The farm park is home to a selection of friendly animals, as well as indoor and outdoor adventure play areas and even a huge jumping pillow!

The craft village offers wares from many skilled craftspeople – clothing and textiles, glass, pottery and much more.

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Rd, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Reception telephone: 01268 290223 (Reception) or 01268 290229 (Online Enquiries)

Open every day from 10 am.

Admission to the Craft Centre is free and children must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.



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The Beth Chatto Gardens

In 1960, Beth Chatto transformed an overgrown wasteland full of brambles and bogs into a beautiful garden. There is also a very well stocked nursery onsite and a gift shop with garden-related gifts. The tea room is relaxing and airy with a selection of home made cakes and scones.

Find the Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB

Telephone: 01206 822007

Email: info@bethchatto.fsnet.co.uk




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Places of Interest in Essex

We have put together our top pick of unbeatable places to visit in Essex on your motorhoming holiday below:

Alderford Watermill

Alderford Mill is a white wooden watermill on the River Colne. It is known to be one of the best preserved watermills in Essex and has a fully operational water wheel in place.

Find the Mill at Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, Halstead, Essex. CO9 3XH
Telephone: 01787 460069
Email: rubyk@talk21.com

Open on the second Sunday of the month from 2 - 5pm (allow 1 - 1½ hours)

Admission is free.




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Epping Forest

Epping Forest is huge ancient woodland which covers the borders of Greater London through to Essex. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, and visitors will enjoy the abundant wildlife and beautiful natural surroundings.



Wallasea Island RSPB Wild Coast Project

This project aims to combat the effects of climate change and coastal flooding by recreating a wetland with mudflats and saltmarshes. This process is expected to take until 2019, but in the meantime, visitors are welcome to come and see the progress.

Nearest town is Burham on Crouch, Essex, SS4

Telephone: 01702 258357

Email: wallasea@rspb.org.uk

Wallasea can be accessed by ferry from Burnham on Crouch.  The scheduled ferry service between Wallasea and Burnham runs six days a week (not Wednesday) between 10 – 5pm.  It is operated on an on demand service, by phoning 07704 060482.  



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Events in Essex

Clacton Air Show - Thursday 25th & Friday 26th August 2016

Clacton Air Show promises a thrilling adventure in aeoronautics with unforgettable shows. There will be a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Vulcan display and the world famous Red Arrows too. 

Find Clacton Air Show at West Greensward, Clacton Seafront, CO15 1NW
Telephone: 01255 686633 (General Enquiries)
Admission is free.

For more information visit the Clacton Air Show website




The Essex Country Show  - 10th & 11th September 2016

The Essex Country Show is the biggest in the South East. Apart from being a celebration of agriculture there will even be monster trucks crushing cars and Peppa Pig.

Find the Essex Country Show at Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Rd, Billericay, CM11 2UD
Telephone: 01268 290228
Email: info@essexcountryshow.co.uk

For more information visit the The Essex Country Show website




English Wine Festival - 3rd & 4th Sept. 2016

This popular event presents a craft fair with 40+ stalls, dancers, storytelling, Essex food and of course, wine tastings. The first 4 wine tastings are included in the admission price, so it’s a great opportunity to sample the best of English wine.

Find the Wine Festival at New Hall Vineyards, Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6PN
Telephone: 01621 828343
Email: piers@newhallwines.co.uk

For more information visit the New Hall Vineyards website



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Campsites in Essex

Fen Farm Caravan Site

Moore Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8FE
Telephone: 01206 383275
Email: havefun@fenfarm.co.uk

Naze Marine Holiday Park (Park Resorts)

Hall Lane, Walton On The Naze, Essex, CO14 8HL
Telephone: 0843 309 2591

Walton Hall Farm

Walton's Hall Road, Linford, Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, SS17 0RH
Telephone: 01375 671874
Email: info@waltonhallfarm.co.uk




So if you fancy exploring the best of what Essex has to offer, then book your UnbeatableHire motorhome today and get your adventure started!

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