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Pleasant county town with great access to local countryside

Are you looking for things to do in Chelmsford? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   V Festival


Did you know...

  • Britain’s first public broadcast was made from Chelmsford on June 15 1920. The pioneering Marconi organization made the broadcast, sponsored by The Daily Mail, from its New Street plant there, featuring the singing of Australian opera diva Dame Nellie Melba.
  • Some historians claim Robert the Bruce was born at Montpelier’s Farm in Writtle near Chelmsford, in 1274. Turnberry also claims the honour.
  • John Dee, noted Elizabethan philosopher, magician and scientist and also responsible for the introduction to the first English translation of Euclid was educated at the Chantry School (later re-founded as the Grammar School) in the sixteenth century.



 

  Attractions

Chelmsford Cathedral FREE

Famous cathedral site.
New Street
Chelmsford
CM1 1TY

01245294489

 

The Glazed Look

Paint your own pottery cafe.
Unit 10b, Beehive Business Centre
Beehive Lane
Chelmsford
CM2 9TE

01245290300

 

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

A visit to the 360-acre Hyde Hall estate is unforgettable in any season and allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature.
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon
Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 8ET

 

Ingatestone Hall

On specified days during the summer months, visitors are welcome to spend a couple of hours or more exploring the house and ground.
Hall Lane
Ingatestone
Essex
CM4 9NR

Recommended by Jim Stone, Essex
“Interesting old country house, still in private hands so check website as not always open to the public”

 

Northey Island FREE

National Trust - A peaceful island retreat in the Blackwater Estuary.
Northey Cottage
Maldon
CM9 6PP

 

Danbury Commons And Blakes Wood FREE

National Trust - Large open area of heathland, gorse and coppice adjoining ancient woodland.
Danbury Commons
CM3 4ET

 

Hylands House And Estate

Stunning grade II listed house set in 574 acres of landscaped parkland.
London Road
Hylands Park
CM2 8WQ

01245605500

 
 

  Museums

Chelmsford Museum FREE

Come along to Chelmsford Museum and try your hand at a variety of craft activities.
Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 9AQ

01245605700

 
 

  Parks

Newland Grove Nature Reserve FREE

This 8 acre reserve consists of rough grassland alongside the River Chelmer, with thorn thickets and a small wood.
North of Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 7TQ

 

West Park FREE

There is a popular 18 hole pitch & putt, 9 hole crazy golf course and tea room offering delicious homemade cakes and light lunches.
Waterhouse Lane
Chelmsford
CM1 2RY

 

Springfield Hall Park FREE

The park is linked to the city centre with a delightful river walk along the Chelmer Valley.
Arun Close
Chelmsford
CM1 7QE

 

Oaklands Park FREE

Oaklands offers something for everyone whilst remaining a green oasis of relative tranquillity within walking distance of the city.
Moulsham Street
Chelmsford
CM2 9AQ

 

Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve FREE

Located along the eastern banks of the River Chelmer. It runs for approximately 2.5km from Valley Bridge to Victoria Road.
Riverside Leisure Centre
Chelmsford
CM1 1FG

 

Lionmede Recreation Ground FREE

Established and popular green space with families and dog walkers from the Springfield area.
Springfield Road
Chelmsford
CM2 6BN

 

Noakes Park And Baddow Recreation Area FREE

A park of two halves, Noakes Park is an intimate garden area with seating space, walled flower beds and pergola.
Baddow Road
Chelmsford
CM2 7HS

 

Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve FREE

A haven for wildlife, Marconi Ponds is regularly visited by kingfishers, herons and deer.
Meteor Way
Chelmsford
CM1 2UD

 

Admirals Park And Tower Gardens FREE

A beautiful town centre park leading into Tower Gardens and West Park, Admirals is one of our most popular parks.
Rainsford Road
Chelmsford
CM1 2LY

Recommended by Bobby Reese, Chelmsford

 

Central Park, Bell Meadow And Sky Blue Pasture FREE

These parks are very popular with office workers and families alike. A great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city.
Meteor Way
Chelmsford
CM1 1JJ

 

Springfield Green And Pollards Meadow FREE

The green at the centre of the village dates back to medieval times. Pollards Meadow is located at the corner of Lawn & Church Ln.
Springfield Green Road
CM1 7PB

 

Boleyn Gardens FREE

Visit the beautifully landscaped Elements Garden, home to a stainless steel sculpture and pebble mosaic.
White Hart Lane
Chelmsford
CM1 6FN

 

Thrift Wood Nature Reserve FREE

This 48 acre wood consists of Hornbeam coppice with many Oak standards, some Birch, Ash and coppiced Sweet Chestnut.
Bicknacre
Essex
CM3 4HW

 

Chigborough Lakes Nature Reserve FREE

This 46 acre reserve is one of a number of worked out flooded gravel pits to the north of the Blackwater Estuary.
along the B1026 Hebridge
Maldon
Essex
CM9 4RB

 

Little Waltham Meadows Nature Reserve FREE

This 22 acre reserve is a beautiful chain of old flood and dry meadows on the east bank of the River Chelmer.
Little Waltham
Essex
CM3 3PR

 

Maldon Wick Nature Reserve FREE

This 15 acre reserve consists of 1.5 miles of the former Maldon-Woodham Ferrers railway line, most of it on embankment.
Limebrook Way
Maldon
Essex
CM9 6GG

 

Danbury Ridge Nature Reserve FREE

The Trust manages a block of nearly 250 acres of nature reserves on Danbury Ridge; a mosaic of woodland, common and heathland.
Danbury
Essex
CM3 4PF

 

Jubilee Park FREE

Small area of green space regularly used by local families and dog walkers from the Galleywood area.
Beehive Lane
Chelmsford
CM2 8PT

 

Galleywood Common Local Nature Reserve FREE

Popular with dog walkers, nature enthusiasts and local residents, this is a lovely open space.
Margaretting Road
Chelmsford
CM2 8JU

 

Chancellor Park FREE

Popular park for the Sports enthusiasts, due to its multi surfaces it is available to use all year round.
Chancellor Avenue
Chelmsford
CM2 6WS

 

Chelmer Park FREE

Popular park, specialising in sporting activities. It is home to National League Chelmsford Hockey Club & Chelmsford Cricket Club.
Beehive Lane
Chelmsford
CM2 8RL

 

Melbourne Park FREE

Popular park, specialising in sporting activities within North West Chelmsford and is home to Chelmsford Sport & Athletic Stadium.
Salerno Way
Chelmsford
CM1 2EH

 

Baddow Hall Park FREE

Located off New Road or Maldon Road and is a large green space edged with attractive trees, making it a popular place for families.
New Road
Chelmsford
CM1 7QT

 

Beaulieu Park Recreation Ground FREE

Large and popular sports park with facilities for games such as cricket and football. There is also a floodlit multi-use court.
White Hart Lane
Chelmsford
CM1 3TD

 

Hylands Park FREE

Hylands has over 574 acres of parkland, including an ancient woodland, grassland, ponds, lakes, formal gardens and play area.
London Road
Chelmsford
CM2 8WQ

Recommended by Terry & Jane, Chelmsford
“Great park for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine”

 

Coronation Park FREE

Home to Springfield Cricket Club and Chelmsford Rugby Club. This is a popular park specialising in sporting activities.
Timsons Lane
Chelmsford
CM2 6AF

 

Brook End Gardens FREE

Brook End Gardens is a great community area close to local schools and homes. This is a family-orientated park.
Chelmer Village Way
Chelmsford
CM2 6NW

 

Andrews Park FREE

An attractive park area located along Patching Hall Lane, Andrews Park is a popular space for both local residents & visitors.
Patching Hall Lane
Chelmsford
CM1 4BX

 
 

  Bowling

Tenpin Chelmsford

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Tattersall Way
Widford Industrial Estate
CM1 3UB

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Chelmsford

Multi-screen cinema.
Kings Head Walk
Chelmsford
CM2 6FH

03330144501

 

Ten Pin

Ten-pin bowling centre.
16 Tattersall Way
Chelmsford
CM1 3UB

08715501010

 
 

  Theatre

Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Concerts, plays, ballet, pantomime, opera, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy, film and live music.
Fairfield Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1JG

01245606505‎

 
 

  Golf

Maldon Golf Club

Maldon Golf Club was founded in 1891 making it one of the oldest in Essex and the country.
Beeleig
Langford
Maldon
Essex
CM9 6LL

 

Chelmsford Golf Club

Golf Club.
Widford Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 9AP

 

Channels Golf Club

Golf Club.
Belsteads Farm Lane
Little Waltham
Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 3PT

 
 

  Leisure centres

Nuffield Health

Fitness and Wellbeing centre.
Unit 6
Victoria Road
CM1 1AN

01245254400

 

Riverside Leisure Centre

Swimming pool, gym and variety of indoor and outdoor sports.
Victoria Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1FG

01245351708

 

Virgin Active

Health and fitness club.
New Writtle Street
Chelmsford
CM2 0RR

01245396000

 

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