Other Activities

Looking to experience something a little different? Take in a round of Golf or treat yourself further by a spa and pamper day experience here’s a selection of additional local activities for you to enjoy!

Falconry Experience

Essex Falconry, Hedingham Castle, Halstead CO9 3DJ 8.5 miles (13.7km)

Extend your wildlife experience flying owls, hawks, eagles in the beautiful historical grounds of Hedingham Castle, one of Britain’s oldest buildings surrounded by glorious wooded grounds which are populated by a profusion of birds, flora and fauna.


Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon Shoot Ltd, Fyfield, Ongar CM5 0SG 32.3 miles (52.0 km)

The Essex Shooting Ground are able to offer tuition for beginners and experienced shots alike and can cater for group of 1 to 80+ guests by appointment. They were the official supplier for the London 2012 Olympic Games and have hosted corporate clay pigeon shooting events for some of the biggest companies in the world

The Fennes Shooting School, Bocking, Braintree CM7 5PL 9.4 miles (15.1 km)

Why not be hosted by two of England’s foremost shots Tracey Riddington and Sarah Flight. Whatever your ability both Tracey and Sarah are sure to be to able to provide expert tuition and advice


Balloon Flights

Hot air ballooning across the Essex countryside is one of the most romantic way to fly and makes an ideal gift for birthdays, anniversaries and for any special occasion. You do you might even find yourself drifting over The Cart Lodge and Nightingales Farm. Flights area available from Presented Hall or the Airfield at The Essex Golf & Country Club and can be booked through:

Essex Balloons

Virgin Balloon Flights

Balloon Rides


Anglian Flight Centres, Earls Colne Airfield CO6 2NS 3.9miles (6.3km)

A fleet of aircraft and a warm friendly welcome await you whether you are a student or a qualified pilot. The fleet consists of a modern Cessna and Robin aircraft and the centre has seen many of their members graduate into the professional world and have secured positions with various airlines.



Colne Valley Golf Club, Earls Colne CO6 2LT 1.8miles (2.9km)

Nestled between Colne Engaine and Earls Colne, Colne Valley is a picture perfect golf course, with unrivalled views, the scene from the first and tenth tees over this North Essex valley will convince you that your golf day will be memorable. 130 acres of rolling hills and trees you will also be able to grab a glimpse of wildlife too. The course is considered to be one of the tougher courses in Essex, and has hosted many major Essex amateur competitions.

The Essex Golf & Country Club, Earls Colne CO6 2NS 3.9miles (6.3km)

The Essex plays host to a critically acclaimed 18 Hole Championship Course, a 9 Hole Golf Course and a Driving Range and Practice Putting Green and is able to boast the finest range of Golf facilities in the region

Lexden Wood Golf Club, Colchester CO3 4AU 10.6miles (17.1km)

Just off the A12 18-hole and 2 miles from Colchester town centre you will find this undulating parkland course with USGA designed greens, numerous bunkers and water hazards. Lexden Wood has a 9-hole Academy course and the main course was redesigned and redeveloped in the winter of 2006/ Spring 07 by Jonathon Gaunt

Five Lakes Maldon, Essex CM9 8HX 17.3miles (27.8km)

The course forms part of the Crowne Plaza Resort and has two contrasting golf courses across rolling parkland landscape at the with tees and greens built to USGA green specification and varying in design, height and undulation



Clarice House, Layer Road, Colchester CO2 0HS 12.1 miles (19.5 km)

Just off the edge of Colchester and the A12 this parkland setting is home to a magnificent Georgian House which has been restored to Health Club and Spa facilities. Day Spa Guests are welcome and there are a range of Spa packages available. You could also…… in the award-winning Restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner which caters for light–bites through to our A La Carte menu

Life House, Thorpe-Le-Soken CO16 OJD 25.5 miles (41.0 km)

A contemporary health spa, nestled in the peaceful surroundings of English Heritage Listed Thorpe Hall Gardens, you’re bound to feel balanced and rejuvenated after this spa experience.


Nightingales Farm