As children break up for the summer holidays, and the weather, occasionally, brightens up to toast us and our gardens, thoughts turn to travel and time away from home.
You might have a holiday abroad booked and are waiting with bated breath to see if you can get away without being pinged, or your country of choice moving onto the amber or red list. However, many are choosing to stay in the UK and make the most of all this part of the world has to offer.
We are very fortunate to live within easy travel distance to London, with all it offers in the way of parks, historic buildings and theatre. But even closer to home there are some great places to visit. We have our very own Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch. There are acres of woodland and forest, country parks and areas of Special Scientific Interest.
Brentwood Borough Council has been busy doing up the children’s play areas across the Borough, not least at King George’s Playing Fields in Warley where the playgrounds are top notch and everyone is waiting in anticipation for the opening of the new splash park.
In Ongar the Epping Ongar Railway offers everything for anyone who loves a train, and the little town also boasts a ‘castle’ of the motte and bailey kind, a plaque to David Livingstone, who lived in the town before heading off to explore Africa and, if you can get in to the United Reformed Church, the final resting places of the woman who wrote the words of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and an organist who played for church services for 80 years.
Every village has a church which is a stone and mortar history book, and every town has buildings showing how architecture has developed over the years. If you don’t want to travel abroad there’s plenty to do and see right on your doorstep. Make the most of the summer, be cautious of Covid, and enjoy our local history.