As summer is nearly upon us, we asked readers to suggest their favourite places to visit across south Essex. These parks, beauty spots and nature reserves are all free to visit - perfect for a summer staycation. 

1. Rayleigh Mount

2. Hadleigh rare breeds farm

3. Two Tree Island, Leigh

Southend Standard: Peaceful - the view of the estuary from Two Tree Island 

4. Prittlewell Square

Southend Standard: Oasis - Prittlewell Square is only a few minutes from the High Street but provides the perfect place to eat lunch

5. Basildon golf course

6. Dry Street meadows

7. Wallasea Island

8. Langdon Hills

9. Lake Meadows in Billericay

10. Canvey Miniature Railway

Southend Standard: Quirky - Driver Dave Medcalf on the Canvey Miniature Railway at Waterside Farm, Canvey

Do you know of any hidden gems? Add your favourite places in south Essex below.