Downtime in Essex…

When it comes to studying at higher education level, being able to know when to take a break and give yourself some valuable relaxation time is vital. It’s important to allow yourself time off from coursework, study, and revision, as it enables you to relax and unwind, giving your mind a break from overworking. When studying with the UK College of Business and Computing, we actively recommend regular time off from your study, and encourage you to explore the surrounding areas. As such, we’re pleased to recommend a number of things to see and do in Essex when you’re not studying. Take a look at our suggestions below, and add your own in the comments section.

Colchester Zoo

Regardless of age, who doesn’t enjoy a visit to the zoo? Colchester Zoo features over 260 rare species for you to discover, and more than 60 acres of parkland and lakes to explore. From feeding giraffes to coming face-to-face with Komodo dragons, Colchester Zoo provides a whole day’s fun for all visitors, and represents the perfect break from your studies.

Southend-on-Sea Seafront

Take a trip to sunny Southend-on-Sea on the coast and visit the classic seaside arcades on offer for both the latest machines and retro classics, perfect for a fun day out with friends. Admire the sea views as you walk along the seafront and breathe in the fresh sea air, but don’t forget to try a rollercoaster ride at nearby Adventure Island. Southend-on-Sea is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world, so take the pier train or walk the 1.34 miles to the end, the choice is yours, but be sure to grab an ice cream or some fish ‘n’ chips while you’re there!

Beth Chatto Gardens

As one of the most influential gardeners in the UK, Beth Chatto has six acres of magnificent gardens waiting to be discovered on a relaxing day out in Elmstead Market. Internationally acclaimed, the gardens are the perfect combination of water and woodland, with beautiful displays ensuring a relaxing ambience for those looking for a peaceful visit.

Colchester Castle

The largest Norman Keep in Europe, Colchester Castle was constructed on the ancient foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, and today provides archaeological interest for experts and amateurs alike. With over 2,000 years of history to discover, and interactive displays, a visit to Colchester Castle promises to be a fascinating and rewarding day out.

Hadleigh Park

For a more sedate day of exploration, walking or cycling through Hadleigh Park represents the perfect choice. Explore the magnificent Olympic Mountain Bike course designed to test the best athletes in the world and famous for its use throughout the 2012 London Olympics. Or wander through the idyllic countryside and admire the magnificent views over the Thames. A visit to the 500-acre national park will enable you to enjoy the natural charms of Essex and learn more about the history of the region, not to mention partake in some glorious wildlife watching.


Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Rafael Vinoly, the impressive Firstsite building in Lewis Gardens provides a compelling insight into the contemporary arts. From drop-in creative sessions to live theatre, opera, and ballet, this state-of-the-art centre and auditorium enjoys the prestige of being the East of England’s contemporary visual arts organisation. Find out more on a visit to Firstsite and enjoy a programme of events all year round.

Giving yourself the chance to explore and investigate the surrounding areas of Essex really is key to your success as a student at the UKCBC. We believe that the work/life balance is essential to your academic success and recommend putting aside time to discover the many charms of Essex. You may even choose to head further afield having begun exploring the realms of Essex. Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go, you can be sure to gain a relaxing break away from the classroom.

Contact UKCBC for more Info

To find out more about the benefits of studying with the UKCBC, as well as the many social activities and opportunities available during your time with the college, contact our friendly team today in Essex today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you plan your time in education fully.

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