Have a Blast in Essex

Our new packaged tour samples the best of West Essex, featuring visits to the famous Royal Gunpowder Mills and the world’s oldest wooden church. We enjoy the history of a wartime airfield and enjoy a guided tour of Hatfield House, as well as spending a day exploring the delightful Epping Ongar Railway. With plenty to do, we feel sure you will love soaking up the history, culture and stunning scenery of this historic area.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for 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 enjoy a guided tour of Greensted Church (entry by donation on the day), 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 (Please note, large groups may need to split visits into blocks). We can choose to board a steam or diesel train for an atmospheric trip through parts of the beautiful Epping Forest, or to continue browsing the Airfield Museum.

Day 3 Royal Gunpowder Mills & Hatfield House
We begin this morning with a bang, paying a visit to the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey where we explore the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants. In the afternoon, we visit Hatfield House where we enjoy a 1 hour guided tour before we explore the lovely gardens and look closer at the magnificent, recently commissioned water sculpture taking pride of place on the north front of the house.

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

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
2020 Twin from £209pp
Single Supplement from £70
Based on Friday arrivals

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Day Rover Ticket on the Epping Ongar Railway
• Entrance to North Weald Airfield Museum
• Entrance to Royal Gunpowder Mills
• 1 hour guided tour of Hatfield House
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£209 for 4 days

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