Brentwood is a town in the county of Essex, East England, and the principal settlement of the Borough of Brentwood. Renowned for its wide variety of shops, clubs, restaurants and vibrant nightlife, alongside its beautiful natural attractions, Brentwood comprises an excellent option for those looking for a place that has it all.
This affluent suburban town is entirely surrounded by woodland and open countryside, offering incredible scenery and superb spots for leisure activities. What used to be a stopping place for pilgrims travelling to Canterbury in the 12th century is now a lovely pole of attraction that enchants with places, such as King George's Playing Fields, a majestic location with formal gardens and numerous facilities to please every taste and desire! There, you can find paddling pools, a children's play area, a garden specially created for the blind (with smell as the dominant sense rather than sight), football/cricket/rugby fields, a skate park, golf course, crazy golf and bowling greens (12 rinks), to let off some steam.
The Thorndon Country Park is known for its prestigious wildlife and the diverse range of habitats, with the ancient deep park area being its most important habitat (designated a Site of Special Scientific interest). Distinguished by lush greenery, birdlife richness, a diversity of woodland flowers (i.e. anemones and bluebells), a broad array of coniferous and leaved plantation species, small tranquil lakes, grassland, and ancient woodland, Thorndon Country Park is definitely a must-visit attraction. It also offers great opportunities for fishing, horse riding, and picnics.
Another place characterised by serenity and an explosion of colours and scents is the 700-year-old Weald Country Park, to the west of Brentwood. This almost 500-acre land is the largest country park in Essex and full of wildlife meadows, veteran trees, hay meadows, lakes, and an abundance of open grassland. Sculptured over time, it is a mesmerising place to spend your day while participating in the several activities held throughout the year. Plus, there are many tours and educational walks that you and your family could take and learn more about fungi, natural history, and many more!
Nearby attractions also include the Mountnessing Windmill, Old McDonald's Farm, Brentwood Cathedral, and Brentwood Museum.
Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
Brentwood also has a rapidly expanding shopping area and high street, especially after the surprise hit of the ITV2 reality soap, TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex) that picked up a BAFTA in the Voted for by Viewers category and made Brentwood the most famous town in Essex. It now has a plethora of establishments owned by reality stars (and not only), from beauty salons and high fashion boutiques to accessories, jewellery, health and fitness supplements, and many more. As for it dining facilities, there are some superb restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes and opportunities for private dining, such as Posthouse Brentwood, Herongate Restaurant, and Tudors Restaurant in the Marygreen Manor, to name a few.
Brentwood is also home to one of the most famous nightclubs in the country, Sugar Hut, located just a stone's throw from another popular club, the M25, and is now synonymous to night-time fun. Other places, where you can enjoy your drink and dance to the early hours of the morning, include the Eclipse nightclub and Slug & Lettuce bar. However, if you want to please your soul, the so-called Jewel in the Crown of Brentwood, the Bentwood Theatre, is an excellent choice.