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22 tips to help you Explore Essex more in 2022

We've pulled together a list of twenty-two tips to help you get out more in Essex in 2022.

This New Year we want you to make the most of our stunning county, discover hidden corners, stories and places and make new memories. Our twenty-two tips aim to help you explore somewhere new in 2022 and embrace Essex’s incredible parks, culture and heritage.

Plan your perfect day out in Essex, be inspired by our list below.

You might also like our annual Essex Explorer Pass, free parking at seven Country Parks and so much more. Read more here.

22 tips for 2022

  1. Visit Colchester Castle– discover the Roman origins of this great town and unlock the stories within the castle walls (see pages 18 and 19 of the New Year Essex Explorer magazine for more).
  2. Delight in nature, discover the new bird hide at Cudmore Grove Country Park, what can you spot?
  3. Join a parkrun available at many of the Essex Country Parks and many other places throughout the county.
  4. Go to the Mercury Theatrethis year and watch something new
  5. Find Your Active . . . find the right fit for you this 2022.
  6. Make a resolution to up your recycling and reusing – see pages 28 and 29 of the New Year Essex Explorer Magazine to help you get started.
  7. Explore the new Heritage Trail at Thorndon South – choose from two walking routes and uncover the story of the landscape.
  8. Get on your bikes! Head to the bike trails at Hadleigh, Thorndon, Notley or the Flitch Way.
  9. Take to the skies – challenge yourself on the new High Ropes at Essex Outdoors Harlow (see page 38 of the Essex Explorer magazine) when it opens this Easter or enjoy Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park when they open for February half term.
  10. Explore the permanent, and temporary exhibitions at Jaywick Martello Tower, discover more about the history of our coastline (re-opening spring 2022).
  11. See the stunning migratory flocks of Brent Geese (and other overwintering birds) that have arrived on our shores from Russia at Marsh Farm Country Park.
  12. Book your children in to one of the exhilarating Essex Outdoors school holiday activity days (starting February half term).
  13. Wonder at our Wildflowers through the seasons, marvel at snowdrops, bluebells, and Ox Eye daisies. Take photos and share them @exploressex.
  14. Take a walk on the wild side – use the Go Jauntly app or the Daily Mile to discover new routes. Use the app to plan a route and visit the coast out of season.
  15. Make a bird feeder and see which birds you can attract to your garden (see page 14), join the Great Garden Bird Watch (RSPB)
  16. Attend one of the Essex Summer of Culture 2022 events.
  17. Try Forest School! Find out how to get started pages 34 and 35 of the magazine or find details here.
  18. Cook more! Cooking from scratch is beneficial for your health. Check out our recipes from Tiptree on pages 24 and 25 of the Essex Explorer magazine.
  19. Research your family history at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford and online. Discover more about your heritage.
  20. Explore the historic Cressing Temple Barns; built by the Knights Templar in 1137 and enjoy the Tiptree Tea Rooms on site.
  21. Join a volunteer group. Get more involved with your local places and parks.
  22. Visit the Lee Valley White Water centre– why not try something new in 2022.

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Den building at Danbury Forest School

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