Escape to Eastwood Park

Nestled in scenic Southend-on-Sea, there's a great deal to see and do at Eastwood Park, besides its excellent location close by London Southend Airport. With its attractive playing areas, football pitches, basketball courts, bowling green, BMX and skate park - not to menton a pleasing array of colourful flora - it's a great place to while away a sunny Essex afternoon.

Be beside the seaside

Head north in the car for half an hour and you'll hit Chelmsford, a city with bags to offer, particularly for outdoors enthusiasts. Tropical Wings Zoo is the perfect place to take small kids, with its butterfly house, birds of prey centre and koi carp ponds. Or head to Hylands Park for an even more peaceful afternoon of strolling and maybe a piece of cake in the on-site cafe.

Check out Chelmsford

Head north in the car for half an hour and you'll hit Chelmsford, a city with lopts to offer, particularly for outdoors enthusiasts. Tropical Wings Zoo is the perfect place to take small kids, with its butterfly house, birds of prey centre and koi carp ponds. Or head to Hylands Park for an even more peaceful afternoon of strolling and maybe a piece of cake in the on-site cafe. Planning a trip to Eastwood Park? Travelodge Southend on Sea Hotel is extremely close by, while Travelodge Basildon Wickford Hotel is also a handy option.