in2 Lifestyle: Rainy Days – get out and about in Essex


RAINY days don’t have to mean you’re stuck at home. There’s plenty of inspiring things to see and do in and around Essex

Essex Museums offer great days out for kids and adults alike, and many have interesting and engaging activities taking place for the rest of the holidays and beyond.

Saffron Walden Museum is the perfect rainy day attraction and includes the Natural History Discovery Centre, where you can get up close and personal with nature, and the archaeological sandpit, where you can dig for Treasure! There are also lots of trails around the museums to keep kids engaged and entertained.

Colchester Museums include the wonderful Hollytrees which depicts childhood life in Colchester over the past 300 years, whilst the Natural History Museum allows visitors the chance to ‘get closer to nature’ – both FREE to enter too. Opposite the Natural History Museum, you’ll find the imposing Colchester Castle, (the largest Norman keep in Europe), packed with lots of interactive displays – you can even ride a ‘virtual’ chariot!

The 30 September will see the first ever ‘Festival of Culture’ at Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in different cultures – learn to roll a Chinese dumpling, Henna tattooing, African Block Printing or have a go at Rangoli rice powder painting!

There’s something for everyone to enjoy here – inside and out – dancing, drumming sessions and tasting culinary delights from India and beyond. FREE admission.

There are various Heritage Open Days in Essex during September, so be sure to check out your favourites historic houses and visit – they all throw open their doors for FREE, including Layer Marney Tower, Ingatestone Hall and Hedingham Castle.

Although Rope Runners ( is an outdoor activity, they open in all weathers, and it’s all the more exciting! Test your skills and nerves on the high ropes – this one’s for the adrenalin junkies! On the same site you could also visit the underground Secret Nuclear Bunker ( – a Bunker that was used by the UK Government right up until the early 60s.

Or again on the same site, test your physical strength and have a go at Nuclear WildForest ( ) – obstacles for adults and kids – get down and muddy in the rain!

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