Great Days Out- within 20 minutes drive!!

Written by Emily Wilsdon on 03 August 2012

Whenever we visit a new place we always wish there was someone to tell us what to do and where to go, so here are just a few of our favourite places to visit in this area! Watch this space for more to come!

Tropical Wings Zoo and Butterfly House

A fascinating wildlife centre with a huge variety of animals, including a large butterfly house. Offers educational talks and interactive activities for children, and you can take a picnic lunch or get an ice cream while you are there! Within 15 minutes drive.

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RHS Hyde Hall Gardens

Beautiful and extensive gardens maintained and developed by the RHS. These gardens really are worth a visit- there is a huge variety of plant species, an impressive formal garden, two cafe's, a comprehensive botanical library and information centre, and a very well thought-out gift shop and garden centre. There are also some really great activities for children such as bug hunts and den building! Within 15 minutes drive.

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Cressing Temple Barns

Cressing Temple Barns is a medieval farmstead and features two large timber framed barns dating back to the 13th Century. Built for the Knights Templar, they are two of the largest and finest Medieval Barns in Europe. The site also features a walled garden, a medicinal herb garden and an orchard. The whole site can be explored via an audio tour (highly recommended), and there is a lovely cafe where you can have lunch after walking around! Within 20 minutes drive.

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Woodland Walks in Danbury

Danbury has a huge range of circular walks, many of them through woodland protected and maintained by the National Trust. Our favourites are Paws Peace- a magical route through ancient woodland, Blakes Wood- best in the spring when the bluebells explode into colour, and Paper Mill Lock- a serene walk along the river or canal that goes for miles! All are dog friendly and easy to access. Within 20 minutes drive.

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Battlesbridge Antiques Centre

A brilliant place to spend the day poking around. Great deals on antique furniture and vintage goodies. Within 20 minutes drive.

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