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Things we Love about Braintree

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Braintree in Essex is a town with an interesting history, but in this blog let’s look at some of the things we like about living in Braintree today!

Freeport is Braintree’s Shopping Centre

That out of town discount shopping centre is perfect for picking up a bargain, there is also a cinema, bowling alley, leisure centre and every type of restaurant that you could possibly want. You can easily make a whole day of visiting, why not spend the morning browsing the designer shops, stop for a coffee at Costa and then choose one of the many eateries for lunch.

After lunch head to the cinema to watch the latest blockbuster and if you still have any energy left after that, you could head for a game of bowling or why not go for a swim in the pool. With ample free parking, it’s the ideal place to take visiting family, to hold a birthday party or just spend a day out with friends.

Great Notley Country Park

On a dry day, why not head outdoors to Great Notley Country Park. Take a picnic of grab some food at the café and walk from play equipment to play equipment, keeping the kids entertained whilst you enjoy walking through the countryside.

There’s also Sky Ropes situated there which is an ideal introduction to high ropes activities and a bit less scary than some of the larger installations around the country. In an ideal location in the Essex countryside many families have spent enjoyable afternoons exploring and playing in the parklands.

Close to Essex’s Stansted Airport

We all love Braintree right, but everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With Stansted Essex Airport just a stone’s throw from the town it’s easy to get away for a last-minute city break, visit family around the UK or go on your summer holidays.

With great transport links to the Airport you don’t need to worry about parking either. Not only is the Airport great for Essex residents wanting a getaway, it’s also good for providing jobs in the local area. Lots of Braintree residents work at Stansted.

Whilst Air travel is suffering somewhat at the moment, we look forward to planning our next travels ready for when we are able to fly freely again.

The Delightful Flitch Way

The Flitch Way is an old disused railway line that leads from Braintree to Bishops Stortford, it’s about 18 miles long and is a well-trodden route for dog walkers, families enjoying some time in the fresh air, runners and cyclists alike.

You can easily travel along the whole route and depending how fit or adventurous you are you could try and walk the whole way! You can join the Flitch Way in several places along the route and will find a couple of cafés to stop at and have a cuppa and some cake. One such café sits on the site of an old railway station and is a lovely place to go.

It’s easy to forget when we live somewhere, how much there is to see and do. We often take it for granted. So why not get out this weekend and explore the local amenities and countryside on offer. No matter what your budget, there’s something for everyone to do in and around Braintree!