Essex is probably the most rich and diverse county in England. The area of Mid-Essex provides you with a complete mix of diverse places to visit. Little villages such as Dunmow and Burnham will offer you insight into the traditional landscapes and rural settings of Essex. Take a trip down memory lane and embark on the fascinating insight of Great Dunmow Maltings. Here you can experience the working practices of the 16th century. In need of relaxation then head for the quayside town of Burnham-on-Crouch. This quaint town is home to the resident seal population and is also very admired by yachtsmen and is often referred to as 'Cowes of the East Coast'. Meanwhile the county town of Essex, Chelmsford has been renowned for hosting a number of famous figures including Charles Dickens, the Duke of Wellington, Oliver Goldsmith and Guglielmo Marconi.
Braintree District Museum
Braintree District Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District’s industrial and cultural achievements and its many notable personalities. The Museum’s main galleries chart the history of the town from the prehistoric era up to the 21st century. Braintree Museum is also proud to celebrate the work of John Ray, widely regarded as the Father of Natural History, with a dedicated John Ray Gallery. Step back in time with our Victorian Classroom experience as well as enjoy the many exhibitions, children's activities, workshops and special talks we hold throughout the year. The museum is just a short walk away from the bus station, where all of our routes serving the town, stop.
Telephone: 01376 325266
Bag a Bargain at Freeport Braintree outlet shopping village. Freeport Braintree is situated in the colourful, bustling and picturesque village of the Braintree District. This town's shopping outlet has up to 60% off rrp every day so you will never be disappointed with your bargain deal. It is home to over 85 stores and offers men's, women's, and children's fashion. Many of your favourite outlets are here with the high street brands including; Nike, Marks and Spencer to Label brands including; Denby, Mexx and Barbour. Whatever your fancy you sure can indulge in some retail therapy. Shopping makes a great day but you also may need a break. There are a brilliant variety of places to eat and drink here too. The outlet has a selection for everyone including; Starbucks, TGI Fridays, and Bills
Services: Bus service 131 operates Monday to Saturday every 30 minutes. There is no Sunday service.
Escape to peace and tranquillity and visit Hylands Park. Covered in historic woodland, landscaped parkland and pure natural beauty. Hylands Park has something to offer whatever the weather. The park is set over 500 acres of land and is home to many events. The ever so popular V-Festival is held here every year in August. With guest appearances from the likes of Alesha Dixon, Snow Patrol, Oasis and Dizzy Rascal to name a few. The park is home to the great establishment Hylands House, built as a modest red brick Queen Anne style house in 1730, visitors can enjoy the abundance of history on offer. With fabulous rooms such as the glided Drawing room and the stunning Banqueting Room visitors will be left amazed to the pure fine artwork put into creating this restored house.
Services: Bus service 351 operates Monday to Saturday every 1 hour and on Sundays every 2 hours.
This bustling place to visit has over 60 unique working craft studios and is set within 700 acres of lively farmland in the striking heart of Essex. With lots to offer all ages Barleylands will leave you with fond memories. The Craft centre offers a wide range of activities for all to enjoy indoors whilst the outdoors on the farm you can never run out of things to see. The kids will be kept entertained with the Dinocars, Party Cabin and the Barleylands Central Miniature Railway Station. Bag a treat at the spectacular craft village and watch the blacksmith hand craft your very own individual gift. Truly embark on a journey of knowledge and passion of country living at Barleylands open all year round.
Services: Bus service <100 operates Monday to Saturday every 20 minutes and Bus service 140 operates on Sunday every 2 hours.
The Maldon District portrays endless beauty, charisma and tradition. It offers an array of unique shops, enticing leisure activities, spectacular scenery and local eateries. Maldon has over 60 miles of coastline to offer the watersport fanatics. Whether you prefer sea, course or fly-fishing. You can unwind by the Riverside or take a boat trip to follow the coastal and riverside trails. Promenade Park is the place to take the kids. With an assortment of things to do including plenty of room for picnics, splashing about in the splash park area and skateboard ramps for the older kids to enjoy. Take a refreshing stroll down to the many individual shops offering you a unique selection of best buys and the ever so famous renowned Maldon Sea Salt. The town has a vibrant heritage with many ancient churches, the Maeldune Heritage Centre, The St Giles Leper Hospital and the 15th century Moot Hall is a definite place to experience.
Services: Bus service 75 from Colchester operates every 60 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 2 hours on Sunday. Bus service 31 and 31X operates from Chelmsford every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 2 hours on Sunday.