Discover Brentwood

Brentwood is a historic market town surrounded by beautiful open spaces, family attractions and historic locations to explore.

Brentwood’s numerous country parks are havens for nature-lovers, walkers and families. For some fun with the kids, Thorndon Country Park is home to the famous Gruffalo Trail and Weald Country Park to the Stickman Play Trail and there’s real animal magic at Old MacDonald’s Farm. Or for those looking for adventure, head to Rope Runners for some high-wire fun in the trees, or try your hand at skiing, go-karting or paintballing.

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For history lovers, the 16th Century Ingatestone Hall hosted Elizabeth I on several occasions, whilst the Secret Nuclear Bunker is an eerily fascinating, subterranean reminder of the Cold War era.

The borough’s high streets and older bijou side streets offer a great choice of shops, including quality independent niche shopping and a great choice of places to eat and drink. Brentwood is of course also known for the ITVBe show The Only Way is Essex, so you can discover some of the places featured in the show and do the ‘TOWIE Trail’.

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Brentwood is host to great events throughout the year. The popular Strawberry Fair, Brentwood’s traditional summer community fair, takes place on 17 June, 12-6pm on Shenfield Common, including stalls, food and drink, family activities and entertainment. Six family fun days will also run every Friday during the school holidays across the Borough.

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Back for its 7th year, the Brentwood Festival takes place at the Brentwood Centre 14-16 July. Headliners include Status Quo.

The second annual Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival takes place 22-29 July 2017 with some great children’s authors and illustrators lined up.


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