Explore Essex: Important Lockdown Updates for Visitors


As you will be aware following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, a national lockdown in England will be in effect from Thursday 5 November.

This will include new national restrictions for everyone, however we’re pleased to confirm that the Essex Country Parks will remain open for residents to enjoy safely and sensibly. Read on to find out more about what the lockdown means for our green spaces and heritage places.





Essex Country Parks to remain open in lockdown

We are pleased to confirm that all Essex Country Parks will remain open during the lockdown. The parks, car parks, children’s play equipment and toilets will remain open, with cafés continuing to offer a takeaway service where possible.

We would ask that all visitors using the Essex Country Parks follow government guidelines including only visiting with your household, support bubble or 1 person from another household and ensuring you practice social distancing.

We anticipate that the parks will be busy and so ask you to use your judgment in relation to your visit, for example considering the time and the park you choose to visit, so that everyone can enjoy these green spaces safely.

Check our website FAQs and plan your visit in advance.

Open spaces at Cressing Temple Barns

We are pleased to confirm that the outdoor spaces at Cressing Temple Barns, including the grounds and restored Tudor Walled Garden, will remain open for the benefit of local communities during the national lockdown.

Very limited toilet facilities will be available onsite. Other indoor spaces including Tiptree tea rooms and the barns will be closed in-line with government guidance.

We would ask that you follow official guidelines including only visiting with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household. Check our website FAQs and plan your visit in advance.

Unfortunatley all weddings and viewings at Cressing Temple Barns are suspended in-line with government guidance, all couples will be contacted directly to discuss making new arrangements.

Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock to close

Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock Climbing Wall will close during the national lockdown in-line with government guidance around indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

Anyone with a booking due to take place during lockdown will be contacted directly, please bear with us as we are currently receiving high volumes of enquires.

Stay connected on social media for news and updates @essexoutdoors




The Essex Record Office is to close during lockdown – with certificate service available online

The Essex Record Office intends to close to the public from Thursday 5 November and all weddings have been suspended in-line with government guidance.

This closure includes the searchroom and physical building, however during this period you will still be able to access many remote services including ordering Birth, Marriage and Death certificates.

For full details of the services available please check the ERO website.

The Essex Record Office works to preserve and keep secure the archives of Essex for generations to come. Keep connected on social media @EssexRecordOffice @essexarchive

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