Free Tickets - Essex Big Weekend Events


Hundreds of FREE tickets to be won as part of the Essex Big Weekend

A public ballot is being held to win hundreds of FREE tickets to a range of attractions across the county, as part of the Essex Big Weekend.

We’re all guilty of overlooking what’s on our own doorsteps, but on the weekend of April 6 and 7 you can have the opportunity to win tickets to enjoy all that our unique county has to offer.

The aim of the event, held during English Tourism Week and organised by Visit Essex, is to encourage local residents to discover and experience the many wonderful activities available in their home county – and spread the word to others. 

All you have to do is register at  between February 21 and March 17.  Two tickets per household will be allocated by ballot to the lucky winners, although some family tickets will be available as well.

And remember to join the conversation using #essexbigweekend2019

Good luck!

Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, Cllr George Ioannou, said: “The Essex Big Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to explore all the ‘hidden treasures’ on our own doorsteps, the events and attractions we may have missed as we go about our everyday lives.

“We have a great offering from Rochford District, as we boast a diverse environment characterised by miles of unspoilt, attractive countryside and a rich heritage, including many iconic and historical buildings. This is your chance to win a personalised VIP tour, and even learn some startling local facts to amaze your friends!”

The exclusive VIP events available in the Rochford District are:

  • Personalised VIP escorted tour of Hockley Woods

Led by an experienced local guide; learn about the historic nature of this beautiful SSSI site, the work undertaken to manage the ancient woodland and the indigenous flora and fauna. A rich oasis in the heart of Hockley, covering more than 130 hectares, take time out of your busy day to get back to nature!

  • VIP tour of Rayleigh

You will be led by a local guide and historian with huge knowledge of the town and its heritage. Get the inside knowledge of the history of this busy market town and see all the interesting facets which most people overlook. Includes a tour of Rayleigh Town Museum.

  • VIP tour of Ashingdon Minster

Every school child has heard the story of King Canute but did you know he was present here in the heart of Essex? Take a guided tour led by a local historian who will explain all about the history of King Canute, the Battle of Assandun and the origins of the church..

  • Historic Rochford VIP Guided Tour

Rochford is a medieval market town, recorded in the Domesday Book. Steephed in history, Rochford Town has many tales to tell. Your in-costume guide will tell you about Rochford’s rich and colourful heritage.

  • Old House Guided Tour, Rochford

The Old House is a gem among Rochford’s numerous listed buildings and a ‘must see’. Originally built in 1270, it is the oldest secular building in the area and reputedly haunted. Over the years the building has housed large families with servants, a haberdashery, cobblers, chandlers and solicitors. Built of a timber frame with wattle and daub panels, the house really was the height of luxury in Medieval England.

  • Tour of RSPB Wallasea Island

This is a landmark conservation and engineering project – the largest of its type in Europe. With an experienced RSPB guide, explore some of the 115 hectares of lonely saltmarshes, tidal inlets and estuarine islands which form this wild and ever-changing place where the natural world rules. Escape the traffic, the crowds and the landmarks of civilisation to a historic landscape of brown hares, sea lavender and huge flocks of waders and wildfowl.

  • Private guided tour of Rayleigh Windmill

Come and visit this award-winning tourist and educational attraction. Visitors will learn how this 210 year old Grade II listed building worked, try the quiz in the museum, dress up in traditional costumes and find out more about the Castle that once stood on Rayleigh Mount.

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