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Something for history lovers

Visit the Coalhouse Fort, built in the mid-19th century to defend the Thames from a potential invasion by France. Enjoy a guided tour of the fort to discover its history, view the collection of general military equipment, or just wander round several acres of Green Flag parkland, which are still home to pill boxes and the remains of the Rapid Fire Battery. Spend a day at Tilbury Fort, one of the finest examples of a bastioned 17th century artillery fortress; visit the original Guardhouse, Chapel and Gatehouse buildings and explore the Victorian underground magazine passages (closed for filming until mid-September 2017).

For nature enthusiasts

Enjoy stunning views, excellent bird watching, and even see the occasional ship from Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. Situated on the Thames Estuary, it provides 120 acres of nature park, home to coastal and wetland wildlife as well as grassland flora and fauna. Or venture over to Nearby Langdon Hills Country Park, 400 acres of ancient woodlands, flower-rich meadows and dense scrubland, with panoramic views over the Thames Estuary and across to London.

Days out with the kids

A farm without animals, Walton Hall Farm dedicates Nearly four acres to indoor and outdoor play; relax with a cup of tea and a homemade cake while the kids race around play frames. A 15-minute drive away is Wat Tyler Country Park, 125 acres of parkland offering country walks, wildlife spotting, miniature railway and fantastic kids play area.