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Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum
VistEngland VAQAS

Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG, Tel: 01376 563796, Email

A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall.

RSPB Ouse Washes

Welches Dam, Manea, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0NF, Tel: 01354 680212

RSPB nature reserve in the heart of the fens, with 10 bird-watching hides and a visitor centre.

RSPB Havergate Island

Unit 3, Richmond Old Dairy, Gedgrave, Suffolk, IP12 2BU, Tel: 01394 450732, Email

Havergate Island is a nature reserve situated in the River Ore. A short boat trip away and something very different.

Elgood's Brewery and Garden
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

North Brink Brewery, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1LW, Tel: 01945 583160, Email

Traditional 18th century family brewery. Four acre garden with many delightful features. Visitor Centre, tearoom and licensed bar.

Scudamore's Punting Cambridge

Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1RS, Tel: 01223 359750, Email

Established in the early 1900s, we are recognised as the introducers of pleasure punting in Cambridge. We're the country's oldest and friendliest punting company.

RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve
VistEngland VAQAS

The Lodge, Patton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, Tel: 01767 680541, Email

The Lodge is the UK headquarters of the RSPB. Stroll along 5 miles of signposted trails that take you on a journey around the reserve, through woodland, heath land and the formal gardens surrounding the Lodge house.

Hoveton Hall Gardens
VistEngland VAQASNorfolk Tourist Attractions Association member

Hoveton Hall Estate, Nr Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8RJ, Tel: 01603 784297, Email

Enjoy a family day out at Hoveton Hall Gardens. There is something for everyone to enjoy including the children’s activity trails, the recently restored rare 19th Century glasshouse and a variety of events.

RSPB South Essex
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RSPB South Essex Visitor Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, Essex, SS16 4UH, Tel: 01268 498620, Email

South Essex Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre are located within Basildon District Council's Wat Tyler Country Park and are the perfect place to find out more about the RSPB or enjoy a stroll in peaceful surroundings.

RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes

Fen Drayton Road, Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RB, Tel: 01954 233260, Email

A network of paths help visitors explore our lakes and meadows beside the River Great Ouse, near St Ives. Enjoy warblers, great crested grebes and dragonflies in summer, starling roosts in autumn, and ducks in autumn and winter.

Banham Zoo
VistEngland VAQASNorfolk Tourist Attractions Association member

Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE, Tel: 01953 887771, Email

Wildlife spectacular which will take you on a journey to experience tigers, snow leopards and zebra plus some of the world's most exotic, rare and endangered animals.


Buckenham, Norfolk, NR13 4HW, Tel: 01603 715191, Email

Buckenham Marshes reserve offers scenic walks through traditional grazing marshes. In winter it is home to huge flocks of wildfowl.

Church Farm
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Lynn Road, Stow Bardolph, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3HT, Tel: 01366 382162, Email

A great family day out. Lots of friendly farm animals, indoor and outdoor play areas, tractor rides and lots more!

Helmingham Hall Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Helmingham Events Office, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF, Tel: 01473 890799, Email

A moated and walled garden with many rare roses and possibly the best kitchen garden in Britain. With a new rose garden and herb and knot garden created in the early 1980's.

Hedingham Castle

Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ, Tel: 01787 460261, Email

Visit Hedingham Castle for a great family day out. Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful gardens and lakes then take time to explore the 110ft tall Norman Keep.

RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden

Flatford, East Bergholt, Manningtree, Essex, CO7 6UL, Tel: 01206 391153, Email

A fabulous wildlife garden to inspire you to Give Nature a Home where you live. New family trail to get your children involved.

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

Mill Lane, Baylham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8LG, Tel: 01473 830264, Email

Working livestock farm. Friendly animals. Wheelchair access. Waterside walks. Picnic areas. Disabled toilet. Baby changing. Shop and café. Homemade food.

RSPB Freiston Shore Nature Reserve

Shore Road, Freiston Shore, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 1AY, Tel: 01205 724678, Email

Explore the wilderness of The Wash, the UK’s most important estuary for wildlife.

RSPB Wolves Wood Reserve

Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 6BH, Tel: 01473 328006, Email

Wolves Wood is one of the few remaining areas of the ancient woodland that used to cover East Anglia.