Essex is surrounded natural beauty, which is perfect for exploring. From relaxing nature reserves to historic landmarks, there’s something to keep everyone amused in the fresh new season.

To help you kick-start your springtime plans, our sales teams from our Essex based developments, Aylett’s Green, Beaulieu and Ufford Chase, have found the best spring activities in Essex for your whole family to enjoy, including walking trails, nature reserves and local events.


Exploring Essex Trails

The county boasts a wide range of picturesque trails, perfect for those seeking a refreshing day out in Essex.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a casual stroller, there's a route to suit every pace.


Weald Country Park

Lace up your walking boots and head to Weald Country Park in Brentwood, where vast woodlands and scenic paths await.

At Weald Country Park you can enjoy the incredible 520 acres of woodland, wildflower meadows, open grassland and heritage sites on your doorstep.


Abberton Reservoir

If you are interested in birds and family friendly hedge trails, then look no further than the Abberton Reservoir.

This vast wetland site welcomes 40,000 ducks, swans and geese each year, and offers excellent bird-watching opportunities with fabulous views over the reservoir.

The reservoir is also home to a family-friendly Essex nature walk, the Bramley Hedge Trail.

A beautifully designed map can be purchased for £1 that children can follow to find fictional characters and take part in a wildlife quiz as they go around the trail. 



Embracing nature reserves in Essex

Family-friendly activities in Essex are guaranteed with abundant wildlife and nature reserves that provide sanctuary for a diverse array of flowers and animals.


Blackwater Estuary Nature Reserve

Blackwater Estuary Nature Reserve is located on the estuary of the River Blackwater between Maldon and West Mersea in Essex.

It is a 5,538-hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Ramsar Wetland of International Importance and Special Protection Area it has an endless amount of scenic Essex walking trails and is a great place to get a real sense of coastal wilderness.

The National Reserve is also home to the Tollesbury Wick Marshes, which boasts abundant marshes with a wonderful diversity of species, such as Clouded Yellow butterflies, Brent Geese, Marsh Harriers, Field Voles and Pygmy Shrews.



Must-visit Essex spring events

At Easter, the county comes alive with a collection of well-known events, from races, markets and flower shows.


Chelmsford Races

Whether you are looking for a night out in Essex or fantastic festivals and events the Chelmsford City Racecourse has you covered.

This prestigious event promises to be a highlight of the racing calendar, showcasing the finest fillies in the sport.


When is Chelmsford Races?

Mark your calendars for a thrilling racing spectacle as the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Chelmer Fillies' Stakes returns to the race course on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024.


National Flower Show

As far as Essex Spring events go, this family-friendly day out should make your to-do list.

The flower show returns to the historic Hylands House in Chelmsford this spring and will be blooming with inspiration, flowers, plants, and everything you need for your home and garden.

This year’s show includes the outdoor plant village, food and drinks pavilion, and a ‘Home and Country’ pavilion filled with original handmade giftware, jewellery and much more.


When is the National Flower Show?

The National Flower Show will be open from 9am – 5pm at Hylands House, Chelmsford from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of May 2024.


If you’d like more information on any of our new build homes in Essex, contact our sales team at 01707 397100 or visit our Essex web page.

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