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Are you ready to get your tickets to the biggest celebration of the year?

Registration for the 2nd Visit Essex Big Weekend opens on 8th February, where hundreds of FREE pairs of tickets for a host of attractions and fun-filled activities across the county, will be up for grabs via an on-line ballot.

A huge variety of Essex tourist attractions and related businesses will be opening their doors free of charge, or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders on 24th and 25th March, as part of Visit Essex’s second celebration of the county’s tourism industry.

Some of the county’s biggest attractions have already signed up to this year’s event, including Barleylands, Chelmsford City Racecourse, Lifehouse Spa Hotel, Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum,  Redwings Horse Sanctuary and Hedingham Castle, to name a few.

Experiences on offer include entrance to stunning stately homes, gardens and thrilling white water or high wire experiences.  Don’t miss out, register your interest here NOW:  Essex residents can apply for as many tickets as they like, but there will be a limit of two winning tickets per household.

There’s still time for more tourism attractions or related business to get involved in the celebrations too by offering extra tickets – make sure you contact the Visit Essex team by 12th January to be included. Contact  Or register here:

Essex Big Weekend was set up to promote Essex’s incredible attractions and sights, and to encourage residents to discover how much there is to see and do on their doorstep. The event is also part of English Tourism Week (, which highlights the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.

The Ballot opens on 8th February – 12th March. Two tickets per household will then be allocated at random by ballot (some family tickets are available).

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