Essex & Epping Forest

This marvellous tour samples the best of West Essex, featuring visits to the famous Waltham Abbey, the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the world’s oldest wooden church. We enjoy the history of a wartime airfield and make hay on a farm, as well as spending a day exploring the delightful Epping Ongar Railway! With plenty to do, and interesting titbits in abundance, we’re sure you’ll love soaking up the history, culture and stunning scenery of this wonderful area.
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Day 1: Arrival
We arrive at our hotel with time to spare before dinner.

Day 2: Epping Ongar Railway, Greensted Church & North Weald Airfield Museum
Starting our day on the Epping Ongar Railway, we travel through picturesque countryside on a steam-hauled train to the town of Ongar, where we disembark and visit Greensted Church, the oldest wooden church in the world. We then return to North Weald station, where we have time for a visit to the North Weald Airfield Museum, which houses a collection of heritage & memorabilia telling the story of the adjacent North Weald Airfield and its wartime significance (N.B. large groups may need split visits into blocks). We can choose to jump on a steam or diesel train for an atmospheric trip through parts of the beautiful Epping Forest, or to continue browsing the Airfield Museum, after which we return to the hotel for our evening meal.

Day 3: Royal Gunpowder Mills & Barleylands
We begin this morning with a bang, paying a visit to the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey where we can explore the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants. In the afternoon we travel to Barleylands Farm Park, where we can make some new farmyard friends! Daily animal activities include lamb bottle feeding, snake talks in a huge Reptile House and a meet & greet with the centre’s awesome birds of prey. We can take a break and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms & Pantry, located on-site at Barleylands, before waving goodbye to our furry friends and returning to Cheshunt.

Day 4: Waltham Abbey Church & Departure
This morning, we visit one of the area’s most well-known landmarks, Waltham Abbey Church. The site has been home to a church since 610 A.D., and the magnificent building which stands today enjoyed fame and prestige during the Middle Ages as a popular site for pilgrimages. After departing the Abbey, we bid goodbye to Essex and return home.
• Day Rover Ticket on the Epping Ongar Railway
• Entrance to North Weald Airfield Museum
• Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms & Pantry
• Entrance to Waltham Abbey Church

Cheshunt Marriott Hotel

Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
The Cheshunt Marriott Hotel provides easy access to the M25 and offers guests spacious and contemporary accommodation, featuring pillow top bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi and coffee and tea service, with many rooms also offering views of the garden as well. There is of course a restaurant, a comfortable lounge/ bar and for the more energetic, an on-site gym.
Cheshunt Marriott Hotel
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £229
Single Supplement from £75
Dates available:



• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Day Rover Ticket on the Epping Ongar Railway
• Entrance to Greensted Church
• Entrance to North Weald Airfield Museum
• Entrance to Barleylands Farm Park
• Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms & Pantry
• Entrance to Waltham Abbey Church
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£229 for 4 days

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