Rainy Days out in Essex – Without children

If you’re willing to brave a little bit of rain then for adults, then get in the car and do some antique shopping. How about going to Battlesbridge – it’s right in the centre of the county of Essex and easy to get to. There are several different areas for antique searchers and ample parking.

There’s a multi-storey building with four floors of genuine antiques, and a lovely cafe at the top  – the dedicated antiques shopper/looker could spend a whole afternoon in there! If you want to grab some lunch nearby, highly recommended is The Barge Inn, which sits amongst the antique courtyards

You could put your vehicle in the car park of the antique centre about 20 metres from the centre, and a fast 50-yard dash over the lane to the pub. Otherwise, be in the not dripping environment for a very long shopping spree in the antique centre and have a pub lunch, and spend 4 hours with only a few more seconds in the rain! More information on the Battlesbridge Antiques Centre website…….  www.battlesbridge.com

Other places for antiques include the Baddow Antiques Centre (www.baddowantiques.co.uk), over in the west, there’s the Debden Antiques Centre (www.debden-antiques.co.uk). Up in the north of the county, then head over the border into Long Melford where there are two or three big antique places, with plenty of parking on the streets outside of them. And there’s a massive antique centre in nearby Clare which if you are not careful you can spend hours in there!

If you like your shopping but don’t fancy antiques – there are loads of shopping centres where you can avoid the rain.

Although it’s not dry, why not pop out in the car and see a couple of garden centres? They’re getting larger and larger these days, and more and more of them are undercover, and some have restaurants and in some cases delis too.

Or maybe a drive around some of the villages of Essex? Have a lovely drive around Boxford, Edwardstone and Kersey a while back, also recommended is a drive into Thaxted and Finchingfield. And if the weather is a bit iffy, why not take a drive out for a meal in a countryside pub?

Got the children with you? Then check out our ideas to keep the little ones entertained while the weather lets you down.