The Taste of Essex

Your first day includes checking in to your hotel in the heart of Colchester before visiting Tymperleys, a beautiful historic venue with a wonderful Walled garden. Here you can relax and enjoy tea and cake. Choose from a selection of fresh cake with tea or coffee - will you go for Coffee and Walnut, Carrot Cake or maybe Lemon Drizzle?

Then, on to the Dedham Vale Vineyard, set in 40 acres of glorious rolling English countryside, on the edge of the Stour Valley in the Dedham Vale. This day out includes a guided tour and wine tasting followed by a delicious lunch in the Tasting Barn.  Led by a member of the DV team, Grand Tours are a fantastic way to discover the wine story from the vine to the glass. Your wine guide will take you through the vines and winery as you discover the process of turning grapes on the vine to wine in the glass.  Following the tour, sit down and enjoy a tutored tasting of wines from the vineyard before a delicious lunch.

Day 3 is a day at leisure, where you can explore the area in your own time - there are many things you can do in the area, such as visit Colchester Zoo, or explore the history of Colchester Castle, before doing a spot of shopping in the High Street. 

On your fourth day you will visit Mersea Island, the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, situated off the coast of Essex. For lunch you will visit the West Mersea Oyster Bar. The Oyster Bar is all about offering quality fresh fish & seafood dishes & of course some of the best oysters that can be found in the world.  Here you will enjoy a fish and chip lunch, followed by oyster tasting. The Colchester Rock Oysters & the Mersea Native Oysters are bred in the creeks of West Mersea and then processed in the shed that is adjacent to the restaurant. 

Following your trip to Mersea, travel to Tiptree where you will have time to explore the Tiptree Jam Factory. After a delicious cream tea, enjoy time in the shop where you can buy a range of jams, chutneys and gifts. There is also a Tiptree Jam Museum onsite (free entry), which is a great place to trace the history of Wilkin & Sons and Tiptree preserves, find out more about village life in Essex and, of course, find out all about jam-making.

Itinerary & Pricing

5 days
Groups 25+ Price from £299.00pp
Day 1
Arrive at hotel
Tymperleys Colchester Tea and cake

Day 2
Dedham Vale Vineyard with tour, tasting and lunch

Day 3
Free time

Day 4
Mersea Island fish and chip lunch and oyster tasting
Tiptree jam and cream tea

Day 5
Depart for home


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