Forget huge, characterless multiplex cinema chains, there's an independent picture house in the heart of Essex, screening everything from black and white classics, world and arthouse to the latest must-see foreign language film. The Cramphorn has recently celebrated 10 years of screening films at the venue, marking the occasion with it's very own film festival, The Little Big Screen Festival, with the programme of films voted for by the local community.
Check out the website, www.chelmsford.gov.uk.theatres,
Box Office: 01245 606505
The cinema is a 5 minute walk from Chelmsford's railway station.
One thing that can send you mad (especially at the more corporate festivals like V)is the way security will refuse to let you take bottles over a certain size into the arena, and will remove the lids of any smaller bottles. This effectively means you have to buy new bottles of water during the day.
The easiest thing to do to avoid this is to take a few spare bottle lids with you in your bag. Once security have removed your bottle's cap, you'll have a handy one to replace it. Now you can refill your bottles at leisure. No dodgy V-Water for you.
A classic English pub on a green. The Victory serves freshly made meals with local ingredients such as samphire.
As well as a pool room and cosy rooms inside, the pub garden looks directly out on to the green.
They are currently building rooms so you can stay overnight.
And there is a pick-your-own practically next door with raised strawberry beds so you can pick without the effort of bending over!
The Victory Inn & Restaurant
The Green Wickham St. Paul
Pick your own: www.spencersfarmshop.co.uk/
Unique event featuring all that is most colourful in the re-creation of the Napoleonic Era, when Europe from Portugal to Russia was dominated by the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Regiments of the British and French armies are encamped, performing drills and displays and fighting skirmishes - Sharpe's Rifles before your very eyes and ears (black powder rifles are surprisingly loud!)
Indoors, there are war games demonstrations, a costume exhibition, specialist trade stands, tour guides, and booksellers, a bar, and quality catering.
Great day out for anyone who ever enjoyed Sharpe's Rifles, Pride and Prejudice,etc., and a lovely setting with the oldest medieval barns in Europe.
Details at www.internationalnapoleonicfair.com
Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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