FOR THE KIDS
Boydells Dairy Farm
A small working farm with lots to see and do and a variety of animals to see and feed, from Lamas, Alpacas, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, turkeys and a donkey. Bottle feed the lambs in spring, sheep and cow milking and a tractor ride. We recommend joining the comedic farmer and his tour of all of the animals, it’s fun for all of the family. Combine your visit with a picnic and make use of the lovely outdoor seating and picnic area as well.
Great Notley Country Park
100 acres of parkland and home to the Skyropes course. The park offers a free 1.2km ‘play trail’. A walking trail that leads you round the grounds discovering the giant see-saw, climbing forest, tyre swings, sand pits, rope climbers, slides, forts and a water play area. A cafe is also situated close to the parking area. A great day or half day out at no cost.
Audley End House, Gardens & Railway
An English Heritage site offering a great day out for all the family. Holding concerts and films on the grounds, offering Victorian reenactments and tours as well as a working stable yard where you can meet and groom the horses.
Across the road with a separate admission you will find Audley End Railway. Beautiful grounds with a cafe and bring your own picnic area and gift shop. You can take a ride on the miniature steam railway and later follow the woodland trail through the enchanted fairy & elf walk. Here you will discover fairy houses, make a wish tree and other activities.
The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa
A lovely day spa just 20 mins away from the campsite. They offer robe and slipper hire and have lovely facilities for the perfect day out. Twin with a mooch around the village of Clare with its numerous vintage antique shops, cafes and a lovely park and weir.
FOR THE FOODIES
Village Tea Rooms & Pub’s
The iconic village of Finchingfield has 3 tea rooms and 3 pubs. We recommend booking if you wish to eat an evening meal at one of the pubs. The Finchingfield Lion is well known for its 10 hour smoked BBQ meats, be warned they are very popular!
If its an afternoon tea you are after on a sunny day any of the tea rooms offer indoor and outdoor seating plus a takeaway option where you can sit on the green by the pond and enjoy the sunshine and the views.
If you are looking for a trip out then The George at Cavendish, Sudbury is known for its lovely menu and is a little more formal for a special occasion.
We are lucky enough to be surrounded with many bridleways and national trails. A few routes start close to the campsite, depending on the distance you are after ask for more information and we will set you on your way.
Close by in the village of Clare you will find a river walk and wetlands to explore with a play park for the kids. Afterwards, overlooking the castle ruins you can have a rummage in the antiques shop and a cuppa in the cafe.
Or for the more adventurous follow Flitch Way a former railway line passing through rural Essex for 15 miles via disused stations, cafes and farmland.
We would also recommend Audley End House and gardens as the grounds offer some lovely walks and routes.
It’s easy to leave the campsite and pick up one of many well surfaced lanes swooping for miles through the Essex Countryside.
Low traffic routes and lots of options for stopping off at a village pub or cafe for lunch. Finchingfield saw the Tour de France peloton ride through the village so it’s easy to pick up some of the route to add to your accolade.