3 days

Southend on Sea is a great base for this three day break. The 4* Park Inn by Radisson Palace looks out over the water on the Western Esplanade within a few minutes’ walk of the beach, gardens and shops. Nearby the popular Cliffs Pavilion offers a wide programme from touring musicals to comedy and film.

Day One: Midday - meet the Blue Badge Guide at Stow Maries Aerodrome near Maldon in Essex for a two course lunch with coffee in the jolly bunting hung Mess Hall before stepping back 100 years to hear the story of the men tasked with bringing down the Zeppelins. Next a coach tour of lonely creeks and wide horizons with a dash of witchcraft before arriving to check in at the hotel by 4.30pm. A three-course, three-choice dinner is served in the sea-view hotel restaurant this evening. Enjoy a walk along the front after dinner or try your luck at the in-house casino.

Day Two: Blue Badge guided tour with a 2-course lunch with coffee. Choose the tour to suit your group: Essex Gardens: RHS Hyde Hall, Beth Chatto Garden, Abberton Reservoir. Lunch in Colchester. Smugglers & Strawberry Jam: See the opposite page for this tour description. For your day out we add lunch in Maldon. The Forgotten Essex Explorer: The Romney Marsh of Essex including St Peters-on-the Wall, Burnham on Crouch, Chelmer & Blackwater cruise. Lunch at Danbury. Colchester & The Nightingales If you are coming in late April or May we visit one of England’s prime spots for nightingales. Please see the tour description opposite. Man Made Wonders of Essex: Abberton Reservoir, The Colne Valley, Cressing Temple and carvery lunch in Finchingfield. Full tour description at

Day Three: After breakfast the day is yours. You might want to sit on the beach, explore the Kursaal or take a short coach transfer to enjoy some cockles at the quaint smuggling haunt of Old Leigh. Hotel check out is 11.00am but you can opt to make the most of the day and head home at a time to suit your group.

Please remember that all of our itineraries are but suggestions. We welcome enquiries for bespoke tours and we are always happy to work with you to create the perfect itinerary for your group.


4* Park Inn by Radisson Palace Hotel, Southend

A stylish 4* Hotel with 137 bedrooms on the Western Esplanade looking out over the water. There is a bar, lounge casino and fitness centre. We’ve taken groups here for lunches in the bright and modern sea-view restaurant for a number of years and our guests are always impressed with the hotel’s hospitality.

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