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  1. #1
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    Default Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Hi all

    We are heading off on our summer cruise later in the week with the kids, staying relatively local this year rather than heading overseas and the provisional plan is to spend a couple of weeks exploring the Essex rivers.

    We have been to Tollesbury before and that will definitely feature on the itinerary (for the swimming pool and some lovely walks) as will Brightlingsea (more swimming pool and some shops etc.) but I am struggling a bit to think of other places which will be interesting for a 10 year old and 8 year old. They like a nice run on the beach so will probably head up to Osea, but I wondered if anyone else has any good suggestions for places which kids of a similar age have enjoyed?

    Annoyingly they are less keen than me on things like anchoring in the Pyefleet with a good book and a glass of wine!

    They were a bit spoiled in Holland last year with things like Centreparcs walking distance from the marina (Port Zelande) and various lovely moorings right in the heart of historic towns, so would be good to try and keep them interested closer to home!

    Our ten year old gets fairly seasick so once we have done the unavoidable plug down the Wallet we will probably try and restrict ourselves to river / estuary sailing and short hops so probably the Colne to the Crouch. Might stop in at the Backwaters on the way home though.

    Any thoughts / experiences much appreciated - or indeed if anyone else is doing a similar thing with similar aged kids at the same time and fancies some company then feel free to PM me.

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Heybridge Basin perhaps. Great place for practising rowing in the tender, a trip up the canal to Tesco’s is quite special with often interesting wildlife to see, and where else can you go shopping by dinghy like that?
    watching boats locking in and out may interest them also.

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    If you are happy to dry out, Maldon can be good. There is often lots going on in promenade park at weekends and they have a great splash park for younger kids.
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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leighb View Post
    Heybridge Basin perhaps. Great place for practising rowing in the tender, a trip up the canal to Tesco’s is quite special with often interesting wildlife to see, and where else can you go shopping by dinghy like that?
    watching boats locking in and out may interest them also.
    Thanks - hadn't considered that, but I think they would enjoy that. Bit like being back in Holland with canals and locks! Is it freshwater in there as well to kill off some of the wildlife on the hull?

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Quote Originally Posted by CLB View Post
    If you are happy to dry out, Maldon can be good. There is often lots going on in promenade park at weekends and they have a great splash park for younger kids.
    We actually had a flying visit up there the weekend before last (not with the kids) - made it all the way up from West Mersea under sail, but we were about 40 minutes after high water - and not a huge tide - so we had to hightail it back as it was getting rather shallow! Did look like there was a lot going on though, I was a bit worried we were going to run aground in front of a very large audience...

    Might give it a shot if the tides are good though

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Ipswich Haven , loadsa shops , cinema etc plus safe to row the dink

    Stop at RHYC or Woolverstone and walk thru the woods to pinmil

    Or as previously suggested Heybridge basin / Maldon

    Ps , were heading for the backwaters next Monday for peace & tranquility..........

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Try the cinema at burnham very cute daughter loved it .

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    There is a childrens adventure playground at Fambridge....

    But aoart from that, it is pretty much a no hoper for anything to do.
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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    Wrabness should keep them happy for a while, nice beach

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    Default Re: Essex rivers - best places for kids?

    New Walton Yacht Basin - easy walking access to Walton (with all of it’s delights).
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