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Ada Cole (Redwings) Horse Sanctuary, EN9 2DH

Ada Cole (Redwings) Horse Sanctuary, EN9 2DH

How to find the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Essex:

Off the B181 in Broadley Common, near Nazeing in Essex EN9 2DH.

Zippy at Ada ColeAt the Ada Cole centre there are walking tours and horse care demos as well as a gift shop and information centre on site where you can adopt a pony, buy gifts or find out more about the horsey residents and the charity's welfare work.

The Ada Cole centre is also the permanent home of our gorgeous adoption horses and donkeys Rodney, Del Boy, and Jessie can’t wait to meet you!

Summer Opening times: The centre is now open every day, from 10.00 to 17.00.

Winter Opening times: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10.00 to 16.00 during winter months.

Entry is Free!

Please remember though that Redwings horse rescue and sanctuary are funded through public donations.

Ada Cole (Redwings) Horse Sanctuary, EN9 2DHFacilities include: Disabled Parking, Disabled Toilets, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Children's Area, Refreshments and Picnic Area.

Please keep dogs on leads
If you have a question or special requirement please telephone the Redwings Essex Visitor Helpline on 0870 040 0033

Web: www.REDWINGS.org.uk

Email: info@Redwings.co.uk

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The Beecroft Art Gallery, Station Road,
Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7RA

A varied collection ranging from 17th century Dutch paintings to contemporary works.

Latest Opening Times

Tel: (01702) 347418


Blake House Craft Centre
Blake End, Nr Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA

Wander around the fine variety of art and craft shops in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, where there really is something for everyone! From a basket of flowers to ballet shoes, from dolls houses to diamond bracelets and from electric guitars to elegant fabrics, you can treat yourself or find the perfect gift. Mini golf also available and seasonal maize maze.

Free Entry.

Open all year round, 7 Days a week, 10.00 - 17.00. (Individual shop days/hours vary)



Tel: 01376 344123

Epping Forest District Museum
39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey
Essex, EN9 1EL

Two timber framed houses, the first dating from about 1520. The history of the Epping Forest District from the Stone Age to date.

Open: Mon 14.00 - 17.00, Tues 12.00 - 17.00,
Fri 14.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 17.00,
Sun 14.00 - 17.00 (1 May to 30 Sept)

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01992 716882
Fax: 01992 700427

Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor gallery area.

Great Notley Country Park, Great Notley, CM77 7FS and
Flitch Way, Rayne Station, Rayne, CM77 6RX

The biggest playing frame in the UK - Continuous interactive play equipment and sensory trails - Walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and fitness all in one park - The Great Notley site is flat with wheelchair/buggy friendly way-marked all-weather paths - Play activities for less able children - Water play and sensory trail - Disabled parking

Mostly flat but one moderately elevated point which is a great sledging slope during snow days

The Flitch Way has over 15 miles of unspoilt countryside - Many sections of the Flitch Way provided good access for wheelchair users

Opening times: The park is open daily from 08.00 till dusk

The visitor centre and cafe is open daily from 10.00 till 16.00. (Except 25 December)

Rayne station: Feb to mid April - Refreshments available from 9:30am to 3:30pm / Mid April to Octotber - Refreshments available from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Toilets open daily from09:00 to 17:00

Telephone: 01376 347134

Hadleigh Castle Country Park, Castle Lane, Hadleigh, Essex

3⁄4 mile S of A13 at Hadleigh


Free admission
Open all year round at any reasonable time.

Years of neglect and the effects of land subsidence had left the castle in ruins by the 17th century, but two towers constructed in the era of Edward III still remain.

The English painter John Constable visited Hadleigh in 1814 and made a minute drawing of the castle as preparation for ten oil sketches and a single painting.Historic architecture in parkland - The romantic ruins of a once royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes and Thames estuary.

The English painter John Constable visited Hadleigh in 1814 and made a minute drawing of the castle as preparation for ten oil sketches and a single painting.

Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BS

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Free Admission
Free Parking.
Coaches welcome

Round off your visit with a visit to the tea rooms where you can refresh yourself with tea, coffee, lunch and home made cake. Open daily from 10.00 throughout the year.

Tel: 01245 225520 - Website

Prittlewell Priory, Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex

The remains of the Cluniac Priory of St. Mary's, founded in the early 12th century.

Tel 01702 342878

Please note that the Priory is due to undergo some remedial construction work and that there will therefore be additional closures to allow this to take place.

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Southchurch Hall Museum, Southchurch Hall Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

A half-timbered medieval manor house, which dates to the early 14th century. The house was restored in the late 1920s.

Admission Free

Latest Opening Times

Tel: 01702 467671


Web: www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Southend Central Museum and Planetarium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea,
Essex SS2 6ES

The Southend-on-Sea Central Museum displays tell the story of the natural and human history of south east Essex.

Free Admission

Open: Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00

Planetarium: Wed to Sat only

The Southend Planetarium is the only public Planetarium facility in south-east England, outside of London.

It presents talks about astronomy and the sky at night. All of the presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask.

Programmes are run most Weds to Sats, at 1100, 1400 and 1600.

Latest Opening Times

We recommend contacting them to confirm seat availability and current programme.

Tel: 01702 434449


Web: www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Adventure Island - Southend
Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea
Essex, SS1 1EE

Open daily from 11.00 - 1500 Apr - 5 Sep 2004
Then weekends until 19 Dec & all half-term week 25 - 31 Oct

Admission is Free.

"you only pay if you play", and the best way to play is with an all day Super Saver wristband or Tiny Tots wristband.

Tel: 01702 443 400
Fax: 01702 601 044

The Wick Country Park, Tresco Way, Wickford, Essex. SS12

The Wick Country Park comprises 50 acres of former agricultural land. Over 2km of easy access trails take you around the site. The trails lead you past old hedgerows, the five acre lake, ponds, WWII pillboxes and recent woodland plantings. Bridges and boardwalks allow the trails to continue over the North Benfleet brook.

The park is open every day from 09.00 until dusk and car parking is available. Toilets are accessible in the Pavilion when the ranger is in attendance.

A play area just inside the entrance to the park is suitable for children up to the age of about seven or eight. Parking bays and picnic tables are adjacent to the play area so that parents can keep a watchful eye on their children as they play.

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Thurrock Museum Gallery, Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex RM17 5DX

Free Things To Do In EssexThurrock Archaeology, Agriculture, Churches, Education, Local Government, Fire Service, Parish History, Retail History, Brick Making, Local Photographers, Chalk and Cement, Deneholes, Explosives Industry, Thurrock at War and much much more!

Here you can explore the history of Thurrock through 40 permanent display cases and 20 temporary display cases, containing over 1,500 objects, interpreting 250,000 years of Thurrock's past.

Discover the mammoths from Aveley, the earliest known Thurrock coins dating to 75bc, Prehistoric Flint tools, Roman Pottery, Saxon artefacts and medieval finds from Grays. See a heavy horse harness, leather fireman's pipe, cast Iron boundary post for Sir John Cass, a Victorian post box and railway notices.

Still with Free Admission!

Opening Times: Mon, Tue, Thur 10:00 - 19:00
Wed, Fri, Sat early closing at 17:00
Closed Sun / Bank Holidays

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Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!

Adventure Island - Southend, Southend-on-Sea
Bardfield Cage, Braintree
Battlesbridge Motorcycle Museum, Wickford
Braintree Districxt Museum,
Brentwood Museum, Brentwood
Brightlingsea Museum, Colchester
Burnham-on-Crouch and District Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch
Castle Point Transport Museum Society, Canvey Island
Cater Museum, Billericay
Central Museum and Planetarium, Southend-on-Sea

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Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford
Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester
Dorothy L Sayers Centre, Witham
Dutch Cottage Museum, Canvey Island
East Essex Aviation Society and Museum, Clacton-on-Sea
Essex Police Museum, Chelmsford
Feering and Kelvedon Local History Museum, Colchester
Finchingfield Guildhall and Heritage Centre, Braintree
Fry Public Art Gallery, Saffron Walden
Great Dunmow Maltings, Great Dunmow

Harwich Lifeboat Museum, Harwich
Harwich Maritime Museum, Harwich
Hedingham Castle, near Halstead
Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
House on the Hill Toy Museums Adventure, Stansted
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Brentwood
Layer Marney Tower, nr Colchester
Maldon and District Agricultural and Domestic Museum, Maldon
Maldon District Museum, Maldon
Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch
Manningtree and District Local History Museum, Manningtree

Mersea Island Museum, Colchester
Mole Hall Wildlife Park, Saffron Walden
Museum of Harlow, Harlow
Museum of Power, Maldon
National Motorboat Museum, Basildon
Natural History Museum, Colchester
North Weald Airfield Museum, Epping
Prittlewell Priory, Southend-on-Sea
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford
Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum, Sudbury
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey

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Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden
Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, Colchester
Southchurch Hall Museum, Southend-on-Sea
Southend Pier Museum, Southend-on-Sea
Southend Planetarium, Southend-on-Sea
Thaxted Guildhall, Great Dunmow
Thurrock Museum, Grays
Tiptree Tearoom, Museum and Shop, Colchester
Tymperleys Clock Museum, Colchester
Valence House Museum, Dagenham
Walton Hall Museum, Stanford-le-Hope
Walton Maritime Museum, Walton-on-the-Naze

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