Famous worldwide for its jam, you can visit the museum, jam shop and tearooms for free.
There is 61 acres of heath land to explore and it is the largest surviving fragment of heathland in Essex and is a site of special scientific interest.
About 10miles from Colchester
Dedham is a small riverside village at the heart of Constable Country.
You can hire a rowing boat and take a trip down the River Stour, take a stroll down the river to either Flatford Mill or Manningtree or just look round the local shops and art centres.
Can be reached from Colchester by bus.
The former 'Essex Command Centre' in the event of a nuclear war is set in it's original 14,000sq ft bunker half above and half below ground. As you explore this once secret place, sound effects, storyboards,3 Cinemas and Videos along with tons of original equipment, transport you back to the days of the 'Cold War' when Britain stood prepared for a nuclear attack. There are many rooms and passageways to explore and you can also visit the huge two level 'Operations Centre'. The museum is historically accurate and is suitable for all the family to visit.
There is a Free car park & toilets and access for the disabled and there is a gift shop/cafe and picnic site. For Kids there is a 'Secret Quiz Trail' and there is an adjacent playpark.
For Groups/clubs/societies/coaches or groups of friends, you can arrange a GUIDED GROUP TOUR & there is a full Guided 'Evening Tour' available with our dynamic 'Nuclear Attack Show'. located at Crown Building, Shrubland Road, Mistley,
Mistley is approx 10 miles NE of Colchester . Take the A137 out of Colchester and just beyond Lawford, turn onto B1352. Shrubland Road is about 500m east of Mistley stn on the B1352
The largest nuclear bunker is also in Essex, and can be found on :
It is located at Kelvedon Hatch on the A128
This area of the river Stour is truely memorable. Flatford and Dedham mills were originally owned by the father of the famous landscape painter John Constable whos best-known work is The Hay-Wain (1821). There are many walks along the river bank all along "Constable Country" and row boats can be rented next to the mill at Flatford. This area is approx 45 min drive from Colchester