The City of Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, placed in the East of England, in the London commuter belt - also known as London Metropolitan area. If you happen to be visiting or staying in the area, a variety of things will definitely excite and intrigue you, such as the impressing 18-arch railway viaduct that dates back in the Victorian times, spanning the River Can, and the glorious Chelmsford Cathedral, formerly known as St. Mary's Church, that became a Cathedral in early 1900s upon the creation of the Diocese of Chelmsford. It is situated behind the awe-inspiring historic Georgian building of the Shire Hall that still dominates the town centre.
One of the tallest structures in Chelmsford, the former CH (Chain Home) radar tower (360ft/110m tall), an early warning radar station built by the British during World War II (and before) to detect aircraft, is the only CH tower in its original form that has remained unmodified in the UK, and is visual from practically everywhere in and around the city.
The Shire Hall is a landmark atop of the High Street, featuring a Portland Stone (limestone from the Jurassic period) facade. It is one of the oldest buildings in Chelmsford, built as a courthouse in late 1100s. However, the opening of the new Magistrates Court in New Street resulted in its closure, in 2012. It now comprises a pole of attraction for its architecture.
It seems that not even fire or vandalism can take away the glory from the Hylands House and the 574-acre (2.32km2) Park, to the west of the city. This magnificent house is now completely restored by the City Council and had its parkland landscaped by the famous English landscape designer, Humphry Repton, notorious for his eclectic style and intricate designs, in the 19th century. It is a magnificent place to visit, have a stroll, and enjoy the sun on a fine day while passing by lakes, woodland, and rolling grass. It also has a large children's area where they can play and have fun. No wonder it is widely used for community events, including the annual V Festival.
The V Festival is held in August at two parks simultaneously, the Hylands Park and the Weston Park (S. Staffordshire) and share the same bill. During the event, you can see world-famous artists perform at one location on one day and then appear at the other location the following day. The main stage headlines in the 2014 edition of the festival were The Killers and Justin Timberlake, among others. It is a festival that started predominantly as a rock music event and ended up accepting a broad array of musical genres to please every taste!
Art lovers will find a warm and welcoming place that houses interactive displays and exhibits from Hoffman, Marconi, and Crompton, to name a few, in the Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park. This industrial and local history heritage museum also holds pottery, including works of the Turner Prize winner G. Perry. Its 18th-century glass collection was featured on the BBC TV programme Flog IT!
That aside, Chelmsford is a thriving and lively city with a vibrant night-life and bit of something for everyone, including:
An overall of 1,507 acres (610 hectares) of green spaces (many of its parks hold a Green Flag status), and many angling locations to relax and unwind.
Top-notch sporting facilities where you can enjoy canoeing, sailing, boxing, football, cricket, athletics, roller-skating, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, and a plethora of others.
A huge range of cultural and entertainment events to enjoy, such as the international street theatre weekend, namely CITY diversions. A rich heritage with travelling arts exhibitions and many more.
Check out what's on in Chelmsford today and take a look at our Essex events calendar.