PLACES TO VISIT
NESTLING IN THE NORTH ESSEX COUNTRYSIDE BETWEEN THE MARKET TOWNS OF BRAINTREE AND HALSTEAD
Petersfield Village is perfectly positioned for visiting many local North Essex attractions
Colne Valley Railway
This is a really pretty little line scattered along the route with relocated station buildings, antique signal boxes and handsome bridges, all lovingly restored and rebuilt by enthusiasts. It’s a nice pace to explore with little chuff lovers.
Boydells Dairy Farm is a small, family working farm that specialises in sheep milking. Open to the public there’s a guided tour with lots of hands-on activities that include milking, feeding hens, riding a donkey cart and trying to outstare a llama!
Essex Pottery Studio
Let’s admit it – adults love painting just as much as kids do! Share one of your favourite activities with your tots at Essex Pottery Studio and colour your own pottery masterpiece. Select your favourite from over 600 blank items and decorate it as you’d like.
Visit the most varied wood in Essex and see a unique Giant Redwood Grove, the world’s tallest growing tree species, and its just 5 minutes from Petersfield Village.
Broaks Wood is home to a unique variety of tree species and includes a spectacular example of a Giant Redwood Grove, the world’s tallest growing tree species!
Alderford Water Mill
This Grade II*-listed timber building is typical of rural water mills and one of the best preserved in Essex. It stands where Alderford Road crosses the River Colne on the east side of Sible Hedingham.
The water wheel inside runs on open days when water levels allow.
Paycocke's house and garden
A stunning Tudor merchant’s house whose walls have more than a few stories to tell. Paycockes is set in the village of Coggeshall, a beautiful place well worth a stroll around too!
Warners Textile Archive
The Warner Textile Archive is the largest publicly owned collection from a luxury textile manufacturer in the UK. The Archive is housed in the original Warner & Sons mill in Braintree that was refurbished in 2004 to hold the significant collection.
Halstead is a town and civil parish in the Braintree District of Essex, England. The town lies near Colchester and Sudbury, in the Colne Valley. It developed initially on the hill to the north of the river. The name Halstead is said to derive from the Old English hald and stede, meaning “healthy farm” or “place of refuge”.