Explore Culture

Explore Essex brings together a unique group of parks and heritage venues which are owned by Essex County Council.

Our mission is to deliver a broad range of exciting facilities and events for the people of Essex.

Conservation is also at the heart of what we do. Any money spent with the Explore Essex group of places is ultimately reinvested to help maintain and develop the sites for the benefit of visitors, and the protection of the wildlife within.

There’s something for everyone from children to grandparents whatever the weather. So come on, get out more, and make the most of the incredible spaces on your doorstep and beyond.


  • Craft and Tea Workshops at Tiptree Tea Rooms, Cressing Temple Barns
    Tiptree Tearooms and Essex County Council have joined forces to create a new exciting partnership that will offer an innovative range of craft workshops at Cressing Temple Barns, culminating with a famous Tiptree cream tea in The Barns Tiptree Tearooms. More details

  • Internationally known artist comes to Cressing Temple Barns
    Award-winning artist, Henry Driver, will be bringing his unique artistic talent to Cressing Temple Barns this month as part of a new, three-month Artist in Residence programme led by Essex County Council.More details

  • Essex Summer of Art festival showcasing Essex artists until October 2019
    Now in its 11th year, Essex Summer of Art promotes exciting opportunities to visit art trails, artist studios, workshops and events from Harlow to Harwich.More details

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