Leisure, culture and local heritage


We provide a wide range of services that seek to enhance the lives of Essex residents. To discover what Essex has to offer, see the following websites.

Country Parks

The country parks of Essex vary greatly from ancient woodlands, lakes and flower meadows to sandy beaches and play trails. There is lots to discover at Explore Essex with new places and bookable events. Save money on car parking and more with an Explorer Pass.


Visit Essex is the official tourism site for Essex. Discover family days out, explore the coast, cycle trails and more.

Outdoor activities

Visit Essex Outdoors to discover a broad range of high quality programmes of outdoor experiences for individuals, families, schools, groups and businesses.

Sports, fitness and physical activities

Visit Active Essex to find sports, fitness and physical activities and events.

Young people, schools and community groups

Visit Essex Youth Service to find services for young people, schools and community groups.

Local shopping and dining

Visit Love Local to find shops, restaurants and attractions near you.


Visit Essex Dance Theatre for dance classes for children, young people and adults.


Visit Essex Music Hub for music services, projects and opportunities throughout Essex schools and within the community.

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