If you decide to visit Essex, you'll be a very busy person because there are loads of fun activities to take part in while you are there!
The first thing that you should do is visit the Audley End House, which once was a palace of the royals. You'll be able to see all of the rooms in this unique attraction. Next, you should see the Colchester Castle, which is a Norman Keep, the largest of its kind in fact. Bring the kids and enjoy all of the great activities that you can do here, many of which are hands on. There's a lot of history for you to see and learn.
The next thing that you should do is visit the RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Bring the family and enjoy all of the amazing outdoors that you can see while you relax in his beautiful garden. You'll have so much fun relaxing while you enjoy the outdoors.
Next, you should visit the firstsite, which is a fun art gallery that you can come and see. You'll see many exhibitions and enjoy a great time.
Bring your family to the Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village. This is a great place for everyone in the family, not just the kids. Take some time to see the great Layer Marney Tower, which you can actually climb.
If you feel like visiting another garden, make sure that you don't miss the Beth Chatto Gardens, which are world-renowned. Stop and see the Epping Ongar Railway, which will give you some insight into a very unique historic site in the area. Right after that you should check out the Hylands House, which is a villa, with great gardens and parks for you to enjoy.
Depending upon the time of year you visit, you may be able to see some live music performed. For a change of pace, you should see the Stow Maries Aerodrome, which is the only one of its kind the world over. Finally, you take the family white water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Center for a fun end to your great Essex Trip.