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Chelmsford – A Historic City with Everything

Chelmsford is a modern vibrant city in the county of Essex.  It is only half an hour from Central London by train and an hour by road. Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
It is close to Stanstead Airport, which is only 15 minutes away and about 55 minutes from the London Gatwick Airport.

With a population of about 168,000 and within commutting distance from London, it is easy to see why Chelmsford has become one of the fastest growing cities in the UK.

Since the Roman times it has been known as a market town, built around the River Chelmer, but at the beginning of the 20th century it became an important base for light engineering and was home to the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Factory, which was thought to be the target when the town was bombed by the Germans in the second world war.

Most of the engineering factories are now closed, but Chelmsford remains a popular centre for distribution and administration due to its proximity to London and the airport.

The villages around Chelmsford retain their charm, helped by the pretty countryside and the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal,which was built in 1793 and is now a popular tourist spot with canal barge enthusiasts, walkers and anglers.                                                

According to the Halifax Building Society’s Quality of Life Survey, Chelmsford has been in the top ten of the best rural places to live in Great Britain for the past two years; their survey takes into account the public’s satisfaction with where they live, the quality of the schools, the unemployment rate, the average life expectancy and how people rate their health.

So many factors contributes to the character, growth and prosperity of this city. It is one of the top desirable locations in the UK, offering a quiet semi urban life, yet just a commuting journey to London.

With it's own University, multi-million pounds town center shopping complex featuring all best known high street stores, businesses and brands, a Foundation Trust Hospital, Stadium, Cathedral, a selection of schools in the top 5 of the national league table, vibrant night life, interconnecting network of transport system, it is easy to see why many middle class families, the rich and famous alike, flock to pitch their tent in the City of Chelmsford.


The Skyline, sights and sounds of Chelmsford is indeed changing so quickly, transforming this once "sleeping beauty" off the North East of London into a thriving vibrant modern city by all standards.
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On this site, we endeavour to provide snippets of information about Chelmsford, revealing its steep history, culture, current position in its match towards even more greatness.

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A Brief Overview of Life In Chelmsford

Shopping


Chelmsford town centre has a vast array of shops and restaurants, there are the big name chains and smaller independent traders, but it is best known for its markets, keeping up a tradition that is 800 years old.
In 2008 Chelmsford was awarded Fairtrade Town status in recognition of the town’s commitment to providing and supporting the Fairtrade Foundation by selling Fairtrade goods and products. 

The largest market is Chelmsford Retail Market, and you can find it under the High Chelmer multi storey car park. It has around 150 stalls and over 20 kiosks and is open 5 days a week from Tuesday to Saturday. This market sells everything from fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, cheese and bakery products to plants, aberdashery, clothes and footwear. You can have your keys cut, knives sharpened, eyebrows threaded and your bike repaired. As well as the Retail Market there is a Saturday market in the High Street, selling food, trinkets and arts and crafts.

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The Gourmet Food Fayre is held in the High Street every Friday. The stalls sell local and international food and there is a chance to taste some of the produce before you buy.
Along the banks of the River Chelmer there are pubs, restaurants and bistros and in the town centre alone there are more than 80 places to eat and drink. Whatever your taste you will find somewhere to relax and enjoy a meal. On warm days you can dine outside and watch the world go by.

Sports

Chelmsford is represented in all the major sports, football, cricket, hockey, athletics and ice hockey. There are also two sports centres and two leisure centres all offering a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, including swimming, tennis, squash and keep fit. Chelmer Park, which is home to the hockey and cricket club also has outdoor facilities for football, netball and tennis.
You can pamper yourself or keep fit at any one of the six main spa, gym and fitness centres or just have fun at the Ten Pin Bowling Centre or the West Park Pitch and Putt.

Golfers can improve their handicap at Chelmsford Golf Club, an 18 hole, Par-68 course set in attractive countryside, within 12 miles of the M25. Or, at The Crondon Park Golf & Country Club which boasts a par-72 championship course and a 9 hole, par-3 course. The venue is close to the village of Stock, 15 minutes from Chelmsford. It is also a popular destination for weddings and corporate events.

Parks and Green Spaces

The Chelmsford area has a total of 23 parks and green spaces. Admirals Park is in the centre of Chelmsford, the River Can runs through it and it leads into Tower Gardens and West Park. There are wildlife spaces, a woodland area, landscaped gardens, cycle lanes and footpaths.

Chelmsford Bowls Club has its headquarters here and there are also facilities for tennis, cricket and football, as well as children’s play park and a pleasant picnic area.

West Park overlooks the River Can and here you will find the Pitch and Putt Course. Opposite the park is Chelmsford Miniature Railway. The railway club is run by volunteers and it is open to the public every Sunday and on special open days throughout the year.

There’s a miniature station, a ticket booth, clubhouse, a platform, a bridge, signals and signs. It is popular with all generations and not only can you ride in the little steam trains, but you can also drive some of them too.                                                                                                                                                              

Events

Chelmsford plays host to 5 big events, which mostly take place during the summer months. The biggest event is the V Festival, which is held at the end of August in Hylands Park. It is an annual rock and pop music festival and it attracts around 160,000 music fans every year.

Other events include The Fling, which is aimed at adults who want to explore curiosities and unconventional entertainment and in the past it has included a silent disco, burlesque, cabaret and comedy.
The Chelmsford Beer Festival is organised by the CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. As well as the hundreds of beers and ales there are to try, there is food, live music, and entertainment for the children.
Essex Street Diversions is an international festival of street performers. Street Artists come from all over the world to perform shows in the town centre.

Finally, The 3foot People Festival is for under 5s and their carers’. It takes place in July and features storytelling, arts and crafts, soft play, sand pits, music and dancing for babies and toddlers.

Entertainment

There’s always plenty to do in Chelmsford and if you enjoy the theatre you have the choice of 3, the largest being the Chelmsford Civic Theatre with a seating capacity of 505. It holds professional and amateur theatre productions throughout the year, including dance.

The Cramphorn Theatre is a small 180 seat venue which is used for theatre productions, cinema screenings and music, including the popular Wednesday lunchtime music sessions.
The Old Court Theatre is home to the Chelmsford Theatre Workshop and they perform 10 amateur productions a year.
Chelmsford also has an 8 screen cinema complex and a number of bars and clubs.


Historical Chelmsford

If you want to know about Chelmsford’s rich history, you can visit the city’s museums and monuments.
Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment Museum, and the Police Museum will all provide interesting insights into the lives of the people of Chelmsford through the ages.

You can also visit Chelmsford Cathedral. It started off as a 15th century gothic church and is the second smallest cathedral in England.

Hylands House is definitely worth a visit. It is set in 574 acres of beautiful parkland and the gardens include ponds, lakes, colourful flower beds, ornamental gardens, a children’s play area, stables and a visitor centre. Hylands House is open to the public, it was rescued from ruin in 1966 and has been slowly restored over a period of just over 40 years.

Whatever type of entertainment you enjoy, you’ll find it in Chelmsford. There are things going on all year round. Whether it’s the buzz and excitement of the summer festivals or the peace and tranquillity of the parks and gardens, whatever your age, you’ll find visiting, or living in Chelmsford is never dull.

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