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Whether you enjoy shopping, taking in local heritage or playing sport there’s plenty to do in the local area. With 350 miles of coastline, the oldest recorded Roman town in England and the longest pleasure pier in the world, Essex has something for everyone.
In the neighboring town of Chelmsford you can enjoy a traditional game of cricket at the Ford County Cricket Ground, home of Essex County Cricket Club and Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre offers the only ice skating rink in Essex. For music lovers, there is something to suit all tastes, whether it be enjoying a classical music recital in the ornate surroundings of Hylands House, or catching the hottest rock, pop and soul acts from around the world at the annual V Festival in Hylands Park. Braintree also features the fantastic Freeport Designer Village which is only a 15 minute drive away!
Colchester, the oldest recorded Roman town in England boasts the magnificent Colchester Castle as well as Colchester Zoo, one of Europe’s finest zoos with over 260 rare species many part of breeding programmes with interactive daily displays get you closer to the animals.
Witham train station is no more than 10 minutes drive away. With easy routes into London you can enjoy the buzz of the city for a day where there is always a wealth of activity from museums and sightseeing to theatre and shopping and then return to rural surroundings to unwind. We recommend Visit Essex for a variety of information about the many ways you can enjoy Essex.