Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire, shares a county boundary with Essex. Near the M11, you can access the town with ease as well as being a direct link to London Stanstead Airport.
Some of the sights to enjoy in Bishops Stortford include the Rhodes Arts Complex, a state-of-the-art venue incorporating a theatre, cinema and dance studio as well as playing host to many conference facilities. Also within the town is the Bishop's Stortford Museum, which houses a collection of local history, as well as a unique collection relating to Rhodes and the British Empire in Africa and a temporary exhibition gallery.
There are numerous activities for the children to enjoy including Little Legs Play Space and The Little Gym. The nearby Broxbourne hosts the Paradise Wildlife Park, where you can enjoy animal talks as well as being able to see rare Snow Leopards, White Tiger’s and White Lion’s.
Hatfield Forest, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex (01279) 874040
Referred to in written records over nine centuries old and famed as Henry VIII’s hunting forest, Hatfield is a living monument to the Middle Ages.
Containing trees over 1,200 years old, the forest is maintained by the National Trust. With an estimated 250,000 annual visitors, Hatfield is an area of unspoilt, historic countryside.
Rhodes Arts Complex, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG (01279) 651746
A contemporary venue for arts in Bishop’s Stortford, the Rhodes Centre also contains the Cecil Rhodes Collection – an exhibition dedicated to Bishop’s Stortford resident Cecil Rhodes, founder of the diamond company, De Beers. Part of the main building is, in fact, Rhodes’ birthplace.
The venue also contains an art gallery, a youth theatre and gardens.
Mountfitchet Castle Experience, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8SP (01279) 813237
An early Iron Age fort, Roman, Saxon and Viking settlement, Mountfitchet Castle was attacked in 1066 by the Normans.
Modern-day visitors can now walk amongst its prison, kitchen and church experiencing everyday scenes from the castle’s rich history.