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Finchingfield is a village eight miles North of Great Dunmow and a 30 minute drive from
Claverings Farm. Regarded as a 'picture-postcard' village and one of the most photographed
in England, you will find a duck pond and village green surrounded by Georgian and medieval
cottages, St John the Baptist Church, situated on the hill; three public houses, two tea rooms
and an 18th century windmill.
More information: www.braintree.gov.uk
Thaxted is a small country town with a recorded history dating back to before the Domesday
Book. For over 1000 years people have lived in and visited one of this country's finest towns.
With its famous Guildhall, magnificent Church and restored windmill set against a backdrop of
medieval houses, it is considered the jewel in the crown of Essex. Many visitors and residents
know Thaxted for its connection with the Thaxted Morris Men and for the Thaxted Festival.
More information: www.thaxted.co.uk
Saffron Walden is a picturesque medieval town in north-west Essex. It has a rich heritage of
old buildings, reflecting its wealth as a rural market town since 1141. A country market is held
on Friday mornings at the back of the Town Hall, and there are many interesting
historic buildings in the town, including the largest parish church in Essex – St. Mary’s - along
with the Saffron Walden museum. The attractive Common is the oldest of Saffron Walden’s open spaces and on its eastern side is the largest turf labyrinth still surviving in Europe.
More information: www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk
If you are visiting Saffron Walden, a visit to nearby Audley End House is a must. An English
Heritage owned property, Audley End House is a spectacular Jacobean mansion and one of the
great sights of East Anglia. Now only one-third of its original size, Audley End is still large, with
much to enjoy in its architectural features and varied collections.
The Capability Brown parkland is divided by the River Cam, which is crossed by several
ornate bridges, and a main road which follows the route of a Roman road. The park beyond the
river is frequently used for open air concerts, details of which can be found on our event planner.
There is also a miniature circular railway in the grounds.
More information: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout