Places to Visit

Mistley Place Park Animal Rescue Centre, New Road, Mistley, Near Manningtree, Essex CO1 11ER Tel 01206 396048 Animal Rescue Centre – Enjoy peaceful country walks and make friends with the animals at this 25 acre rescue centre, gift shop and tearoom.
Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 OSL , Tel 01206 331292 Lots of animals at this friendly zoo, Jungle safari, Soft play area, interactive displays. Colchester Zoo is developing a new exhibit which will house Komodo
Natural History Museum, High St, Colchester (opposite Castle Park Gates), Essex. website Did you know there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that Mammoths and Hippos used to roam around here? If you didn’t and you want to find out more, come to the Natural History Museum.
Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex. Tel 01206 282927 website A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War.
Colne Valley Railway, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ, Tel 01787 461174 website

Award-winning country railway, running along a pretty line with restored buildings. Vintage steam & diesel engines, carriages & wagons. Family days out. Special events, including Pullman trains, Educational visits, Station Buffet car.

Colne Valley Railway

Blue StarOne of the ancient and heritage railways of Essex, England is Colne Valley railway. It is situated near Halstead in Essex. It has a reconstructed station called Castle Hedingham station with a running line almost a mile long. Colne valley railway is short in length but it three ex-mainline steam locomotives are standing there.

In 1973 the story of Colne valley railway had started. Dick Hymas and Gordon Warren were the two people who are behind the construction of this railway on a green field site. They not only laid tracks on the site but also build stations, signal boxes and bridges. For all this construction both of them has faced many disapprovals and criticism because the station has to be made on the site of natural beauty. But their dedication and firmness led them to get approval after a long one year. At present Colne Valley Railway serves a large number of passengers.

Colne Valley RailwayThe Railway doesn’t have any paid staff. It is operated and maintained by the volunteers who come from the different sections of society. All these volunteers formed a society called Colne Valley preservation society. It is strange that very few of them are actually railway professionals but one common thing that brings them together is their love for railway and their concern for the preservation of our heritage. Their job is not only to operate the railway but also to maintain the locomotives, wagons, coaches, stations, signal buildings and all other equipments of the railway.

Colne Valley railway is actually a heritage railway and now they have three ongoing big projects. The CVR society’s main aim is to preserve the railway heritage and at the same time to provide the latest railway facilities to the passengers. It’s a great achievement in the history of railway.

The Beth Chatto Gardens Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB. Tel: 01206 822007

Woodbridge, Suffolk about one hour by car, 32 miles

Woodbridge tidle mill

Tide Mill and Granary

Famous for its riverside Tide Mill, Woodbridge is such a lovely town to go to, either for a “stroll around” day trip, or a shopping trip, or for a longer break in a self catering holiday cottage. And you don’t even require a automobile, simply because Woodbridge is nicely served by public transport. Woodbridge lies on the banks of the river Deben, just across the river from probably probably the most important Anglo-Saxon site within the United Kingdom – the Sutton Hoo Saxon royal burial ship. With 1400 years of recorded history, the town has retained an fascinating variety of historical architecture, generating it an fascinating town just to walk around; there’s also the River Deben, for boating and riverside walks. Woodbridge enjoys a correct ‘high street’ – the Thoroughfare – with many independent shops! In fact, Woodbridge has over one hundred specialist shops and dozens of locations to eat and drink. And visitors frequently comment on the especially friendly welcome they obtain in Woodbridge. It is an excellent day out. Please link back to Clacton-on-Sea, Essex the Sunshine Coast, has a long sandy beach, safe sea bathing, water sports, a pier with amusements and a great variety of Societies and clubs

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