Colchester Off The Beaten Path

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    Colchester Zoo

    by arturowan Written Apr 24, 2014
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    It might seem strange to include this tip in 'off the beaten track', but so-called 'Colchester Zoo' was originally known as Stanway Zoo, because that is where it is located!
    Stanway is 1 of the places that was once a place in itself, but has now become inseparable from the greater suburban sprawl of Colchester, which is confusing for visitors who expect to find the zoo in Colchester, so understanbly follow the signs into the town centre, then have to struggle out of the torturous 1-way system, in order to locate Stanway...
    (I've been stopped in Colchester by families asking for directions to the zoo, which is actually quite a way outside the town centre, so as far as I'm concerned, it still ought to be called Stanway Zoo!)As for the zoo itself, it covers 60 acres & is home to 260 different species, & contains 4 adventure play areas for children...

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    Tiptree Jam

    by fabric_letters Written May 26, 2012

    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

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Quaint village...

    by fabric_letters Written May 26, 2012

    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.

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    The WWIII Nuclear War Bunker for Essex

    by PeterVancouver Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    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,
    Directions:
    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 :
    http://www.secretnuclearbunker.com/

    It is located at Kelvedon Hatch on the A128

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    Dedham and Flatford

    by PeterVancouver Updated May 4, 2005

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    Boats for rent on River Stour at Flatford
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    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

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