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“Great breakfast baps”

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Ranked #7 of 81 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors can enjoy walks on Essex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve; with stunning panoramic views across the reservoir and surrounding villages as well as superb views of the water’s edge from three bird hides. The nature reserve has a 900m accessible circular footpath and there are wheelchairs available for use. The Visitor Centre offers a tearoom which is open seven days a week providing a variety of hot and cold food, most of which is locally sourced; easy access toilets & baby changing facilities; and a well-stocked shop which has binoculars, telescopes, bird food, feeders and a range of gifts. Essex Wildlife Trust runs a programme of events throughout the year for all ages as well as children’s outdoor birthday parties and a weekly toddler group available during term time; booking is required for all of our events. On the nature reserve there is a new Brambly Hedge sculpture trail, where you can find seven characters from the classic stories written by Jill Barklem; there is also a wild play area with a zip wire, v bridge, swings and spiderweb net. Essex Wildlife Trust is a charity and relies on donations to carry out its work for the wildlife and people of Essex. There is suggested entry donation of £2 for Adults £1 for children and £5 Family; car parking is free. The huge expanse of Essex & Suffolk Water’s Abberton Reservoir plays host to some 40,000 wetland birds each year all attracted to the shallow muddy margins and large areas of rough grassland, which provide the ultimate habitat for a plethora of wildlife and waterfowl. The Visitor Centre is 6 miles SW of Colchester on the B1026 (a minor road linking Colchester and Maldon) just South of Layer de la Haye - follow the brown and white "Abberton Reservoir visitor centre" signs.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I can only comment on the cafe which seems to be popular with cyclists. The breakfast bap is perfect for a mid-ride refuel.

Thank wood55y
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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Dear woody55y

Thank you for taking time to review your visit and our breakfast baps from our Skylark tearoom. We hope that you will continue to visit us on you bike, but maybe call in another time and explore the nature reserve and reservoir when you have more time.

Regards
Jo Wray

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Visited Abberton for the first time today. Lovely, peaceful location for a relaxed day out. Ample car parking. A new visitor centre which includes a well appointed cafe overlooking the reservoir, shop and toilet facilities. There are 3 hides with views over the reservoir. From a birding point of view the birds are a long way off and you will need powerful lenses. I found it too distant for my telephoto lenses, so don't expect much success from photography. All in all a lovely place to chill out

Thank Stephen J
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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Dear Stephen J

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your visit. The reservoir does fluctuate depending on what time of year you visit; the bird hides on the reserve are located at top water level so when the reservoir is full then they are really close to the birds, however yes when the reservoir is lower then the hides can be a distance away.
If you come to see us again then please ask for locations of other viewing hides around the site as sometimes these can be closer to the water or you can walk down to the western end via a permissive footpath and then there are good views from the causeways; but we would be happy to show you these locations on a map in the visitor centre.
Regards
Jo Wray

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Visited the centre and had lovely Tea and Cake other food available to enjoy The walks are excellent and Hives for watching the birds available The shop is excellent for cards binoculars etc Great time had

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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Dear deeroots1

Thank you for taking time to leave a review about your visit to Abberton and great to hear that you enjoyed the reserve as well as our centre and Skylark tearoom.
We hope that you'll come back and see us again and maybe explore further around the reservoir.

Regards
Jo Wray
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

First visit for many years,what a difference,wonderful new visitor centre.I am not a dedicated bird watcher
I just enjoy wildlife in general.Wonderful walks and a vast number of birds to see.After a good walk round
visited the tea room,clean,bright and great food.Seats by windows have wonderful views across the reservoir,binoculars available.A very enjoyable visited,lots to see,play area for children,good parking.
Looking forward to next visit.

Thank roger_ashcroft
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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Dear roger_ashcroft

Thank you for taking time to review your visit and it's lovely to hear that you enjoyed the nature reserve as well as the tearoom.
We look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Regards
Jo Wray

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We came when the sun was blaring, so we did manage to get a little sunburn and heat exhaustion - but was still worth seeing all the wonderful wildlife. It's a large place to visit with lots of activities for little ones to do. There is a tearoom with toilets which is also very nice. All in a great way to get in touch with local wildlife.

Thank JadeStrikesBack
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Jo W, Manager at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Dear JadeStrikesBack

Thank you for taking time to review your visit to Abberton; lovely to hear what you thought about the site.
We hope that your family will come back and learn more about wildlife on your next visit.
Thank you
Jo Wray

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