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Discover our Summer edition of the Essex Explorer magazine - filled with fascinating features, spotlight articles, inspirational lifestyle ideas, competitions and all of the latest news from across our parks and places. Read it here.

Find out more about the ‘Summer of Culture’ – a broad series of activities, talks and events for 2021. Discover our guide, full of exciting upcoming events for Essex communities to enjoy, information about the Essex Climate Action Commission, recommended reads to inspire and educate, alongside fantastic competitions! Read the Summer of Culture guide here.

Looking for a new walking route? Whilst every Essex Country Park offers the perfect place to walk your fluffy friends, we’ve picked some of our top dog walks for you to enjoy. We’ve also put together a list of our favourite picnic spots across the Essex Country Parks – perfect for reconnecting with friends, catching up with family and eating your favourite food alfresco this summer.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife when visiting our parks and follow the tips from Belhus Woods Rangers, Laura Howles and Tom Heenan, on how to attract insects to your garden. Discover how you can make your garden into a hedgehog haven and get busy with bees with our step-by-step guide on how to build a bee hotel.


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The Story Hunters 2

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Essex Book Festival - Story Hunter Events at Essex Country Parks

We are delighted to be partnering with the Essex Book Festival as part of the Explore Essex Summer of Culture - a broad series of events, activities and talks for 2021. Essex Book Festival are running a series of four interactive creative writing workshops and guided tours at our parks and places as part of the Story Hunters project. Book your place at one of these events and get your creative juices flowing! Don't forget to enter the Story Hunters Flash Fiction writing competition.

  • Dates: June 27 - August 29, 2021
  • Price: £15-£20

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The Story Hunters 2

Events / Featured

Essex Book Festival - Story Hunter Events at Essex Country Parks

We are delighted to be partnering with the Essex Book Festival as part of the Explore Essex Summer of Culture - a broad series of events, activities and talks for 2021. Essex Book Festival are running a series of four interactive creative writing workshops and guided tours at our parks and places as part of the Story Hunters project. Book your place at one of these events and get your creative juices flowing! Don't forget to enter the Story Hunters Flash Fiction writing competition.

  • Dates: June 27 - August 29, 2021
  • Price: £15-£20