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The train now standing at platform nine can whisk you to brilliant beaches, picturesque countryside, action and adventure in no time. Time Out selects 30 great days out, all easily accessible from a station near you



  • From: Euston | King's Cross | Liverpool Street | Fenchurch Street | Waterloo | Charing Cross | Victoria | Paddington | Marylebone

    From Liverpool Street

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    Firstgate gallery garden, Colchester, Essex

    Firstsite gallery, Colchester

    ARTS & CULTURESince it was founded in 1985, the exhibition programme by Colchester’s Firstsite visual arts organisation has featured such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Bridget Riley and Antony Gormley. Next year it will move into a new building, designed by New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly; for now, it will remain housed within the Minories gallery, a grand Georgian townhouse in the town centre with a walled garden café. There are tours of the galleries on Tuesday afternoons, drop-in art workshops on bank holidays.Further information Firstsite @ the Minories gallery, 74 High St, Colchester, Essex (01206 577067/www.firstsite.uk.net). Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Free.Getting there
    By rail:
    Colchester is served by National Express East Anglia (0845 600 7245/www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com) from Liverpool St.By road: Exit M25 at J28, take A12, A133 then A134 to Colchester.

    Woodbridge

    ARTS & CULTUREOnce a lively shipbuilding port, Woodbridge now rests a few miles from the Suffolk coast and is an idyllic starting point for jaunts north (twelfth-century Framlingham Castle) and east (Rendlesham Forest, the wilds of Orford Ness or the classy town of Aldeburgh). In Woodbridge itself, the pubs and restaurants provide an interlude between browsing the antique shops and a visit to Sutton Hoo, the treasure-stuffed burial site of the seventh-century East Anglian king, which lies just across the River Deben.Further information Suffolk tourist information (01394 382240/www.visit-suffolk.org.uk); Sutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge (01394 389714/www.nationaltrust.org.uk; www.suttonhoo.org). Open daily 11am-5pm. Adults £5.60, children £2.80; Visit Woodbridge (www.visit-woodbridge.co.uk).Getting there
    By Rail:
    Woodbridge is served by National Express East Anglia (0845 600 7245/www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com) from Liverpool St. Bus 160 runs from Woodbridge to Orford.By road: Exit M25 at J28, take A12 to Woodbridge. Orford is on the B1084, eight miles from Woodbridge.

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    Punting on the River Cam

    Byron’s Pool and walk/punt along the river Cam, Cambridgeshire

    WILDLIFEIf you feel like you’ve done Cambridge and its numerous university buildings, how about a more watery experience? Starting in the city centre, head to Scudamore’s Punt Station, where you hire a boat and punt south through woodland and pretty meadows to the secluded Byron’s Pool. Named after the poet Lord Byron, in the absurdly picturesque Grantchester region, just four kilometres south from the city centre, it’s said the poet used to swim naked here – the cheeky old rogue was once spotted doing so with a choirboy from Cambridge apparently and the legacy for a bit of nude swimming remains. Scandal aside, this is a perfect picnic spot surrounded by a wealth of wildlife thanks to the flora-filled Grantchester meadows. In summer months you can spot butterflies and dragonflies; you might even see a kingfisher, grey wagtail or woodpecker, so take your binoculars.Further information Visit Cambridge (www.visitcambridge.org). For more information on Byron’s Pool call Grantchester Parish Council on 01223 870111. Scudamore’s Punt Station (01223 359 750/www.scudamores.com).Getting there
    By rail:
    Cambridge is served by National Express East Anglia (0845 600 7245/www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com) from Liverpool St and by First Capital Connect (0845 026 4700/www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk) from King’s Cross.By car: Exit M11 at junction 13.From : Euston | King's Cross | Liverpool Street | Fenchurch Street | Waterloo | Charing Cross | Victoria | Paddington | Marylebone

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If you feel like you’ve done Cambridge and its numerous university buildings, how about a more watery experience? Starting in the city centre, head to Scudamore’s Punt Station, where you hire a boat and punt south through woodland and pretty meadows to the secluded Byron’s Pool. Named after the poet Lord Byron, in the absurdly picturesque Grantchester region, just four kilometres south from the city centre, it’s said the poet used to swim naked here – the cheeky old rogue was once spotted doing so with a choirboy from Cambridge apparently and the legacy for a bit of nude swimming remains. Scandal aside, this is a perfect picnic spot surrounded by a wealth of wildlife thanks to the flora-filled Grantchester meadows. In summer months you can spot butterflies and dragonflies; you might even see a kingfisher, grey wagtail or woodpecker, so take your binoculars. Visit Cambridge (www.visitcambridge.org). For more information on Byron’s Pool call Grantchester Parish Council on 01223 870111. Scudamore’s Punt Station (01223 359 750/www.scudamores.com).Cambridge is served by National Express East Anglia (0845 600 7245/www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com) from Liverpool St and by First Capital Connect (0845 026 4700/www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk) from King’s Cross.Exit M11 at junction 13.From : Euston | King's Cross | | Fenchurch Street | Waterloo | Charing Cross | Victoria | Paddington | Marylebone

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Valentina
Valentina

Followong the above suggestion, today I went to Shoeburyness and Southend on Sea to enjoy the sunshine but what I found was quite different from what I expected... The beach was hardly visible as it was extremely narrow, and the water, oh my god... I don't know how people find the courage to swim in such a dirty water, full of algae!! The only smell was that of fish and chips and doughnuts. I am sorry, but if you consider those beaches lovely and a jewel, I am inclined to believe that you have never seen real, clean beaches before!!