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Places to visit this Mother’s day in glorious Essex

March 22nd 2017
By: Melanie
Places to visit this Mother’s day in glorious Essex

Mother’s Day is this Sunday 26th March and as the weather forecast is looking bright we thought we would check out a few places where you can enjoy the afternoon with your Mum this Mother’s Day.

Colchester Museum is situated in the most extraordinarily beautiful castle. Visitors will have the opportunity to not only enjoy the surroundings but to follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers (some of the most important Roman finds in Britain), Norman invaders, the Witchfinder General and the devastation of Queen Bodica – with exhibits covering over 2,500 years of history.

Opening times: Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00. Last admission is at 16:30. Prices: Adult: £7.60 Child (Aged 4-16): £4.75
Concessions: £4.75 - Disabled visitors and a carer; full-time students 17+; welfare benefit recipients; and serving Military personnel - proof of concessionary status required and may be requested on entry) £4.75
Saver ticket (great for families!): £20 - For two adults and two children or concessions OR one adult and three children or concessions.

For more information please visit their website.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Mountfichet castle then this could be the perfect excuse for a trip to the open air museum where you can travel back over 900 year in the only recreational site in the world which exists on the same site as the original. Inside the Castle you will find the Norman village hidden within the walls, where inside you will be able to soak up the ambiance of a the ancient lifestyle. Children will also be able to hand feed the Fallow deer and other rescued animals. If you fancy treating your Mum you will be able to take her to the tearoom and gift shop situated inside the Castle. The entry fee also includes a visit to the House on the Hill Museum, which contains over 80,000 toys from the Victorian era right up to the 90’s.

The museum is open every day until Sunday 5th November. 10.00am to 5.00pm. Please note – the Toy Museum closes at 4.45pm. 

Last Admission is 4.00pm. (They recommend a minimum of 2 hours to ensure you enjoy the full extent of their complex. Please try and arrive as early as you can to achieve maximum value for money) (Please note that from Sunday 29th October 2017 the Castle complex will close at 4.00pm to coincide with the end of British Summer Time. Therefore, the last admission time will be 3.00pm.) Prices: Adults: £10.50, Children: (3-13yrs) £8.50. OAPs: £10.00

Enjoy a stroll around the extensive grounds of Audley End this Mother’s Day and visit the Jacobean mansion house and meet the staff of the Victorian Service Wine. The mansion, which was formerly known as Walden Abbey was owned by the De Mandeville family way back in 1139, and was then later converted from Abbey to Mansion by Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor. His Grandson Thomas Howard 1st Earl of Suffolk then rebuilt the house making it the largest private residence of the day, over the proceeding decades the house falls into disrepair until Elizabeth, Countess of Portsmouth inherits part of the estate from Lord Howard of Effingham, and she brings it back to life but has to demolish the East range in order to do so. 

After visiting the house you can enjoy a vast selection of locally sourced hot, and cold drinks, meals and snacks in their café. 

For more information please follow this link.