THE 20th annual, totally FREE, Visit Essex Tourism and Leisure Show is jam-packed with thousands of brilliant family days out, so you’ll never be stuck for somewhere or something to keep the kids occupied during the holidays.
From adrenaline-filled adventures to historic sites and nature trails, there’s fun for all budgets – and weathers – just waited to be discovered at this free event.
Such is the variety and quality of the things to see and do offered by exhibitors at the Tourism and Leisure Show at Charter Hall in Colchester on Thursday 26th February, that the organisers believe frazzled parents could well put to bed – along with their tired children – that dreaded cry of frustration, ‘I’m bored!’
There are literally thousands of terrific ideas for family days out, short breaks and unforgettable experiences from over sixty attractions, places to stay, sporting venues and more.
Essex exhibitors include the multi-award winning Colchester Zoo, Marsh Farm and some of the county’s renowned and well-loved country houses, castles and gardens. For sports fans, displays from Lee Valley Regional Park and Colchester United Football Club will be a must see.
Aficionados of the turf will love seeing what’s available at fifteen racecourses, including Epsom, Aintree and Ascot.
Foodies will be, ahem, well-served by the fabulous Taste area. Here, some eight companies will be eager to tickle your tastebuds with their culinary delights. Stands featuring local producers include Rossi ice cream, the East Anglian Wine School, Brentwood Brewing Company and the ever popular Cheese and Pie Man.
Naturally, after a busy day of exploring, shopping and thrill-seeking, you’ll want to enjoy a great meal before heading up the wooden hill. To help you find the perfect restaurant, inn, hotel or B & B, the Tourism and Leisure Show has attracted some terrific destinations for you.
Ireland is but a hop, skip and jump away from both Stansted and London Southend airports, and the Whites Hotel Group, Ireland’s group travel specialists has a wealth of hotels and locations to inspire your visit to this beautiful country.
Closer to home, there is a chance to win a luxurious overnight stay, with dinner included, at the exquisite Harwich hotel, The Pier. Other prizes up for grabs include a family ticket to Colchester Zoo and a family ticket to the Easter Eggstravaganza at Marsh Farm.
A complimentary coach service from Clacton-based Talisman Coach Lines will take visitors travelling by rail, from Colchester North Station directly to the venue and back, every half hour from 9.45am.
George Kieffer, Chairman of Visit Essex, says there really is something for everyone: “I’m sure many parents welcome the approach of Half Term, Easter, summer and Christmas holidays with a mixture of excitement and mild dread. I know from personal experience just how bad it makes you feel when your son or daughter says they’re bored. That’s why I think this show is terrific for families looking for ideas and inspiration.
From history buffs to adrenaline junkies, culture vultures to gastronauts, Essex and the rest of the region has so much to offer. Not only that, the county is a gateway to the rest of Europe and the Tourism and Leisure Show reflects this perfectly.”