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A market town with added extras

Rayleigh in Essex has a surprisingly lot to offer for such a compact village, not least its proud collection of local shops, tearooms and restaurants. Head to the top of Castle Mount, part of the National Trust, to learn about the former Norman castle and take in the outstanding views. If you take a picnic, don't forget to pack a little extra for the ducks that will undoubtedly head over from the Nearby lake for a spot of (your) lunch.

Fun and games in Rayleigh

The MegaCentre holds fun activities for all ages, including laser tag, soft play and a sensory room offering stimulating experiences for babies and toddlers. Looking to take it up a notch? Make your way to the Base Jump Trampoline Park, or head over to the Rayleigh Indoor Karting for some high-octane fun. After a safety briefing and some practice laps, adults and juniors (aged 10 and over) can speed around the 400-metre course and compete against family and friends.

Explore the secrets inside the Rayleigh Windmill

The Rayleigh Windmill is 200 years old and a natural favourite among tourists and daytrippers. Tucked inside you'll find works from local artists and handicrafts activities for children. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Rayleigh? The Travelodge Basildon Hotel and The Travelodge Basildon Wickford Hotel are both less than 20 minutes away. Or why not try the Travelodge Southend-on-Sea Hotel and enjoy some of the fairground attractions and seaside cuisine.