Essex residents are in for a treat this March as dozens of attractions across the county hand out free tickets. The Essex Big Weekend will give thousands of locals the opportunity to discover some of the region’s tops venues and hidden gems.

How do you apply for Essex Big Weekend 2018 tickets?

Amazingly, the only catch to applying for tickets is that you must be over 18 years old and live in Essex.

All you need to do is browse through the various deals on the Essex Big Weekend website and choose which tickets you would like. There are 57 attractions and eateries on offer. Deals range from tickets to Barleylands Farm Park, to beach hut hire at Maldon Promenade or fishing at Waldegraves Holiday Park.

Other attractions that are great for families with younger children include:

Adventure Island

Leisure World Colchester

Moby Adventure Golf

East Anglian Railway Museum

Audley End House and Gardens

Hedingham Castle

Rye-Assic Adventure Park

Barleylands Farm Park

Lee Valley Park Farms

Beach Huts and Splash Park at Promenade Park in Maldon

– And, The East Anglia Pass to save you money on attractions across Bedfordshire, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk & Suffolk.

You’ll need to create an account to apply, but then you are free enter the ballot for as many attractions as you wish. Just make sure you read the entry details for each attraction as some offer tickets for just one individual, while others have family tickets up for grabs.

When does the ballot close?

The application for tickets closes on Sunday 11th March, so make sure you pick out your favourite attractions by then.

If your application is successful – woohoo! – the Essex Big Weekend team will get in touch with you by 14th March 2017.

All of tickets will need to be used on either Sat 24 March or Sun 25 March 2018, unless otherwise stated.

For more information and to apply for attractions, visit the Big Weekend website.