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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU

tel: 01206 738172

Centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water, at a sight of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nature trails, bird hides, events & shop selling refreshments, gifts, optics & books.


Great Wigborough, Essex, CO5 7RZ

tel: 01621 862960

Roman Circus by Peter Froste, CAT

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Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

tel: 01206 282920

The Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2005. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.

Colchester Zoo

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Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

tel: 01206 331292

Colchester Zoo is home to 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! They are proudly listed as the 11th best zoo around the world and in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

tel: 01206 729678

Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.

Mistley Park Animal Rescue Centre

New Road, Mistley, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1ER

tel: 01206 393433

Children can play among a menagerie of rescued animals and birds which roam freely in 25 acres of countryside overlooking the Stour Valley.

Pedlars Wood Nature Reserve

Shalimar, 34 Waltham Way, Frinton On Sea, Essex, CO13 9JF

A private nature reserve located between Frinton on Sea and Walton on the Naze. The woodland walk on the Frinton side is open to the public whilst an educational nature trail on the Walton side can be visited by appointment.


Salary Brook, off Avon Way, Greenstead, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3YR

tel: 01206 853588

A local nature reserve on the edge of Greenstead and Longbridge with open aspect to farmland.