Essex Big Weekend 2023

Colchester Castle in the sunshine.

Essex Residents can apply now to be in with a chance of winning free tickets for attractions, restaurants and accommodation in the county.

Essex Big Weekend is only open to people that live in the county and gives them the chance of winning free tickets.

Attractions taking part include:

  • Colchester Zoo
  • Colchester Castle
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Marks Hall Estate
  • Audley End Miniature Railway
  • Escape Live
  • Lee Valley glamping

The promotion is being run by the County Council’s tourism arm, Visit Essex.

The Big Weekend will take place between 6-8 October and those hoping to secure tickets should apply to the ballot by 25 September.

Over 40 businesses are taking part and are offering a wide range of prizes. There will be the chance to explore the ‘Upside Down House’ at Lakeside and wander around Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon.

There is also free entry for food and drink lovers. Meadow Oak Distillery are offering free tours and gin tastings and foodies can also join the 2.5-hour Saffron Walden food tour, taking in top eateries around the historic town.

The Big Weekend is also offering a number of short breaks too.

There is a chance to go glamping and stay at a luxurious cabin at Lee Valley, an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast on at the award -winning Camelia Hotel along the coast or escape for the night at the rural Great Sampford B&B.

Apply now for the Big Weekend. Those successful will be notified when the ballot closes.

Find out more about tourism in Essex.