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Now the weather (fingers crossed) is making a turn for the better, and spring is on its way, there is no better time to start thinking about some fantastic family days out. And I’m here to let you into a secret; Chelmsford has no end of great places to visit.
Hylands House and County Park Estate, offers a whole family day out in one place. The house itself is a beautifully restored 18th century country home full of history and interest surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, a cafe, gift shop, visitors centre and Country Park. The park, comprising of over 500 acres, is a great place for a family walk or picnic and the free Adventure Castle playground, with its own fort and drawbridge, provides hours of energy burning fun for big and little kids alike.
Animal lovers are spoilt for choice when visiting Chelmsford. Marsh Farm and Tropical Wings Zoo are both only a 20 minute drive from the centre of town and offer a wide range of sights and activities. Marsh Farm is very hands on and gives visitors many opportunities to feed, handle and learn about their resident animals, while Tropical Wings has a great butterfly house as you enter which is a hit with my daughter every time we go.
If you are looking to experience a true Essex Village then we have two for you that are too good to miss. Danbury, to the East of town, and Writtle to the West, are picture perfect villages complete with a duck ponds, tea rooms, chocolate box cottages and village pubs.
On rainy days you have Riverside Ice Rink, the Chelmsford Museum, or the Odeon Cinema to keep you entertained and for food you’ll be spoilt for choice. All the main chains are in Chelmsford, Giraffe is a firm favourite of ours as the staff working there are great towards children. If you are looking for somewhere a little more independent to eat that still caters for families then head to The Lion Inn, our first choice for a family celebration or wonderful Sunday lunch.