Whether you’re looking to brush up on local history at a museum, enjoy local arts, watch some sport, or listen to live music, you’re sure to find things to do to suit all the family, whatever the weather.

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo has some of the best cat and primate collections in Europe. Visit Orangutan Forest or get closer to the Zoo’s Chimpanzees at Chimp World. The Zoo received special recognition for its work on projects across the board


Gainsborough House

The museum and art gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. Gainsborough’s House, the only birthplace of the great British artist open to the public in Britain, opened as a museum in 1961. It shows a large collection of his paintings, drawings and prints as well as temporary exhibitions.


Colchester Castle

A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British History.


Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard is set in 40 acres of glorious rolling English countryside, on the edge of the Stour Valley in the Dedham Vale.
The vineyard produces six styles of award winning wines, and the Estate offers its proprietary cider, signature fruit liqueurs, tours, and a beautiful wedding venue.


Colne Valley Golf Club

‘Award Winning’ Colne Valley Golf Club in Earls Colne offers outstanding facilities for all occasions. Nestling in the heart of four historic villages which date back to Celtic times, Earls Colne is the largest of ‘The Colnes’. With the River Colne meandering through the golf course, this picturesque parcel of tranquil countryside is an idyllic setting for golf, weddings, corporate events and private functions


East Anglian Railway Museum

The history of the East Anglian Railway Museum is one of hard work, sweat and steam, as a small number of dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers strived to ensure the survival of an important piece of our industrial and cultural heritage


Gainsborough House Art Gallery

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough and in 1958 Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open ever since, operating as an independent charitable trust. The beautiful garden is at the heart of Gainsborough’s House. It is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers who cultivate exclusively plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.