1. Go for tea and scones at the Tiptree Jam Factory View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Tiptree jam is literally a famous jam. Not only is it world renowned and arguably the best jam in the UK, but they also have THE Tiptree Jam Factory, where you can enjoy tea and scones and all the jams your heart could possibly desire. 2. Spend a sunny day on the beach in Frinton-on-Sea View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Flickr: caverguy A lot of Essex folk will flock to Clacton or Southend as soon as the sun shows up, so you can be sure of a prime location to lay your towel by opting to spend your day at one of our less well known beaches. 3. Hunt for treasures (and some pretty good knock-offs) at North Weald Market Via Flickr: eppingforestdc Fancy a fine selection of sausages, chicken and steak for under 50 quid? Or how about a not-quite-but-could-almost-be Michael Kors bag? North Weald Market is the place for you, my friend. 4. Treat a dog to a stroll around Epping forest View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Of course, you don't need to have a dog with you to explore Epping forest, but consider how happy this guy looks. 5. Try out some of these delicious foods, like this burger which was born in Southend Via Facebook: Lunch-in-a-Bag We've also got divine cheesecake, the monumental pizza breakfast, quite possibly the country's finest fish 'n' chips and without a doubt the best pub grub! 6. Take in the beautiful surroundings at Marks Hall Gardens in Coggeshall. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This is the perfect place to take a pair of comfy walking shoes and your camera to capture and admire some of the prettiest landscapes in Essex. 7. Spend a magical day hanging out with the animals at Colchester Zoo Via Flickr: mdpettitt Colchester Zoo is considered one of the top 20 zoos in the entire world, which is no easy task considering it's worldwide competitors. Make sure you visit during feeding times for the best experience! 8. Build sand castles on the beach in Clacton-on-Sea Via Flickr: quinnanya And grab yourself an ice cream whilst you're at it! Just don't mix the castles and the ice cream. Ick. 9. Drive to West Mersea and take an evening stroll along the beach. Gagilas / Via Flickr: gagilas West Mersea's beach is lovely during the day too, but due to it's tranquil and tucked away location, it makes the perfect setting for a romantic evening walk. 10. See a show at The Cliffs Pavilion in Southend View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Check out The Cliffs Pavilion or Palace Theatre (both located in Southend) and you'll be sure to find something to suit your tastes, as well as a superb dinner to kick the night off with. Dinner and a show at its finest! 11. Hire a boat in Dedham and take a leisurely row along the river Stour. Via dedhamboathouse.com Whether you're looking for a nice family day out, a giggle with your friends or a romantic day with your loved one, a trip along the river in a row boat is sure to fit the bill! Just don't fall in, seriously, who knows what is lurking around at the bottom of our rivers. 12. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Castle Park in Colchester. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com What more could you want to do with your day than stroll around Colchester Castle's park and pretend like you own the place? Or, you know, you could just take in the sights and enjoy the scenery. 13. Splurge on some new glad rags at Romford Market View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Scoff all you want, but you'll never be disappointed with a bargain you've found at Romford market! You'll also be amazed at what people have acquired to sell at "surely it's not that cheap?" prices. 14. Make friends with the ponies at Marsh Farm Adventure Park in South Woodham Ferrers. Via marshfarm.co.uk Although meeting your farmyard friends and other awesome activities are available all year round, these guys also host an array of special events throughout the year. Maybe you'll get to meet Spiderman, have breakfast with some elves or attend their pirate school? 15. Check out the Secret Nuclear Bunker Via commons.wikimedia.org That isn't so secret now we've decided to declare its location all over the place with brown road signs. At least you'll find it without any problems! 16. Go crabbing in Maldon Via Flickr: jjwhenry Grab a bucket, take yourself to Hythe Quay in Maldon and crab to your heart's content. Just make sure you return your little crabby friends back to their homes when you're finished! 17. Attend V Festival for the day knowing you don't have to pack an overnight bag. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com One of the most glorious things about living in Essex is never being too far away from V Festival to take a train home. It certainly beats using portaloos all weekend and camping in the (almost inevitable) rain! 18. Chow down on some seafood in Leigh-on-Sea View this photo on Instagram instagram.com What better place is there to buy seafood than by the sea? And what better place is there to eat seafood than by the sea? Nowhere, that's where. 19. Watch a dog race at the Romford Greyhound Stadium (aka Romford Dogs) View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Not only is the Romford dogs a great day out for those who enjoy the odd gamble here and there, but it's considered to be one of the best in the industry. So you'd be doing a disservice to yourself if you were to visit another! 20. Spend the day shopping at Lakeside Via en.wikipedia.org Three story Primark. Need I say more? 21. Delve into some history at Audley End House View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Audley End House has been maintained and restored from the Jacobean era of England, back when houses had crazy things like great halls, service wings, horse stables and gardens (in the plural sense). It's the perfect day out for those who fancy a little bit of luxury. 22. Have a picnic in Central Park in Chelmsford View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Central Park's main attraction is it's location because it's smack bang in the middle of Chelmsford, Essex's only city. It's also right by a Marks & Spencer's, which means your picnic options are on point. This is not just any picnic... 23. Spend an afternoon strawberry picking in Tiptree Tiptree Fruit Farms @tiptreefruit Strawberries are looking fantastic thanks to this weather! 07:32 AM - 29 May 2012 Reply Retweet Favorite Not only can you strawberry pick to your heart's content, but you could also find yourself lucky enough to take part in the strawberry picking race that happens once a year. READY? SET? PICK! 24. Walk along the world's longest pleasure pier in Southend-on-Sea View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Seriously, the pier is 1.34 miles long. It's so long in fact, that there is an option to take a train instead of walk the full length. Some say lazy, but some say genius. 25. Rent a boutique beach hut by the sea in Walton-on-the-Naze Via Facebook: waltononthenazebeachhutforhire Beach huts are, like, the height of glamour when it comes to beach side property and whilst it would be ideal to own one for yourself to use throughout the year, settling for renting one of these boutique bad boys is the ideal way lounge in style on a budget. 26. Stop off at a tearoom in Finchingfield, which is often considered the most beautiful village in England Via Flickr: markseton It's also known as the most photographed village in England. Finchingfield is genuinely award winning and I think this picture speaks for itself as to why! 27. Grab a pint and enjoy watching watching the ducks play at The Railway Tavern in Kelvedon View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The perfect way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon... or possible a cheeky weekday evening in the summer. In Essex, we don't judge!