Saturday, 28 May 2016

3 Places To Hop Off The Train In Essex


I'm Essex born and bred, but sometimes it's harder than you'd think to recall all the sights and attractions on my doorstep, I'm sure there's a few gems I don't yet know about as well. But if you're coming from out of town and want something to do in the county for an afternoon, or even a day trip, here's a few quick ideas, all accessible when you hop off the train.
Chelmsford

Landscaped Gardens @ Hylands House

Where? 40-45 minutes on the Liverpool Street line.

What? A small city with a lot of culture

Why? Chelmsford is growing into a vibrant shopping destination, with plenty of options for families. Head to the museum in Moulsham Street and introduce your children to the legendary bear, and busy bee hive. On a nice day Central Park is the place to picnic.

Highlight? Hylands Park – a short taxi ride from the station, with plenty of space for young ones to run around, hidden gardens to explore, and the visitor centre which has a cafĂ©, art studios and gift shop. There’s also a great adventure castle play area, and regular events and festivals for adults and children alike.

Southend

Where? 45 minutes to 1 hour journey on either the Fenchurch Street to Southend Central line or the Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line.

What? Family friendly coastal down with lots to see and do for all ages.

Why? 3 words, Rossi’s ice cream, and lots of it. The famous arches cafes along the seafront are also a must see. founded in 1932 and serving up traditional seaside fare ever since. Southend also has a long history of providing amusements and your children will happily lose themselves in the arcades, Adventure Island theme park, or sea life centre.

Highlight? Southend Pier – the longest pleasure pier in the world, will you walk it or ride the train? Fishing is available along the pier, and the Royal Pavilion hosts events including puppet shows and live music, along with seasonal fun.

Billericay

Where? A small town not too far from Chelmsford, and just over 30 minutes by train via Stratford/Shenfield.

What? An ideal half-day visit if you want to escape the capital and enjoy the outdoors.

Why? Lake Meadows is an easy walk away from the station, and home to the largest firework display in Essex. Activities include crazy golf, pitch and putt, a skate park, and tennis.

Highlight? Take the bus from the station to Barleylands and turn a half day into a day trip with a visit to the farm park and craft village.

 

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