We were pleased to have another chance to experience an apparently endless seam of rich visitor opportunities in Essex courtesy of the energetic Carol Jolly, Membership & Business Tourism Manager at Visit Essex.
September’s annual coach trip for the group and travel trade took in eight different places, all of which offered something special for a group visit. They included Beth Chatto Gardens, the Haningfield Reservoir and Wildlife Centre, and the Warners Textile Archive. For Editorial Director, Peter Stonham, the highlights were Stow Maries Aerodrome and Osea Island. Stow Maries is the only surviving World War One airfield, which is now being lovingly restored as a piece of wonderful living history.
Osea is a little known island connected to the mainland by a causeway only passable at low water, with a crossing in the coach that was an attraction in itself! The privately-owned island is a haven of peace, where the owners can accommodate groups wanting to create a break with a difference, with activities tailored to special interests.