There are so many things to do in Essex this Autumn. While so close to London, Essex offers some stunning rural landscapes with plenty to see and do. For example, some of the best beaches in Britain are right here. Not to mention, our incredible cycling network or walking paths taking you along miles of coastline or through the famous landscapes of ‘Constable Country’. Essex’s proximity to London belies its delightful countryside, so easily accessed from the metropolis. Why not take advantage of our great transport links and visit Essex for a relaxing autumn break?
So Many Things To Do In Essex This Autumn
Essex boasts a variety of opportunities for fun and relaxation this autumn.
1. Food and Craft Fairs
While Essex offers tremendous Christmas markets, autumn hosts a number of food festivals and craft fairs. For example, the Cressing Temple Autumn Food, Home & Lifestyle Event is a huge food and crafts fair. Set in the grounds of the beautiful Cressing Temple Barns, you can enjoy a wide range of stalls set within the historic barns themselves as well as within surrounding marquees and stalls. With celebrity chef demonstrations, foods to sample, crafts to browse and birds of prey to watch, Cressing is one of our larger fairs.
There is also the Essex Country Show. This diverse festival really has something for everyone. Really. There’s motorbike stunts and polo matches. There’s a festival of cars and of dogs. There’s wrestling, an aerial circus, 8 bands playing daily, speed chainsaw carving the list goes on and on! With so many options there’s plenty for children, including the Festival of Kids, magic shows, falconry displays and ‘living Transformers’. As you can see, Essex is the site for a number of food and craft fairs throughout the season.
2. Days Out with the Kids
What about families with children looking to burn off some excess energy? Essex has you covered. For instance, Lee Valley Farms organises events throughout autumn. Likewise, Great Notley Country Park, set in 100 acres, includes challenging play equipment suitable for teens as well as gentler equipment for toddlers. Need to get in out of the rain? There’s swimming and flumes at Colchester Leisure World, or mad bouncing and climbing at Jump Giants Air Park. Finally, a short trip to the London Excel Centre in October brings you to Kidtropolis. This massive event during the half term is sure to delight – and tire out – your children.
3. Enjoy Autumn Colour
After the heat and activity of summer, there’s nothing quite like slowing down and enjoying the autumn leaves. Essex offers plenty of autumn colour, and Hainault Forest – owned by the Woodland Trust – is a great place to start. Or join the Autumn Ranger Walk organised by the Essex Wildlife Trust. Then again, you could visit a National Trust Autumn Colour Garden. Or keep it simple with a wander through some of the best autumn gardens in Essex.
Enjoy Essex This Autumn
Tempted to leave the city behind and enjoy an autumn weekend break in Essex? Our Stansted B&B is conveniently located in the pretty market town of Great Dunmow. Whether you’re nipping over from London, or flying in from further afield, Harwood House’s central, yet quiet, location gives the perfect balance for weekend travellers. Book online and we’ll put our local knowledge to work, so you can make the most of things to do in Essex this Autumn.