With the first Bank Holiday out of lockdown looming you might be wondering- what shall we do?

After months in lockdown you might be itching to get out and make the most of the long weekend.

So we have put together a list of some of the best things to do in the district:

Braintree Village

Braintree Village

Braintree Village

Fancy treating yourself to some bargains?

Braintree Village has welcomed eleven new stores in the last year, including Armani, Timberland and Calvin Klein.

Earlier this month the shopping outlet welcomed customers back with additional Covid safety measures.

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Great Notley Country Park

Home to Essex's longest play trial, Great Notley Country Park is the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air.

The park is open from 8am until dusk every day for visitors to enjoy and you can grab some lunch at the cafe, open for take out, or take your own picnic to enjoy.

The Sky Ropes are currently closed due to Covid regulations.

Markshall Estate

With over 2,350 acres to discover you could spend hours exploring the ancient woodland.

The park is even hosts woof weekends so you can take you pups to enjoy with you.

Cressing Temple Barns

Cressing Temple Barns

Cressing Temple Barns

The grounds at Cressing Temple opened earlier in the month, including the Tudor Walled Gardens.

Tiptree Tea Room is also open for outside dining and takeaway.

Colchester Zoo

If you fancy venturing out the district then Colchester Zoo is welcoming guests back.

All outdoors areas are open to the public and visits must be pre booked.