What’s On In Wintery Essex This January?


Sticking to your new years resolution?

With the New Year in full swing and everyone back to work, the anti-climax feeling can really start to set in but that doesn’t have to be the case, especially here in Essex. With it’s great mix of countryside and city life, there’s always something to do and something to look forward to. Whether you’re a guest of leisure or a guest on business, here’s our guide to what’s on in Essex for the wintery month of January.


For those who just love to enjoy the countryside in the depths of winter then the Winter Wonderland exhibition at The View in Chingford is the perfect event for you. This art and photography show captures the wonder that is Epping Forest during the cold crisp months. Running from the beginning of January all the way through to the 29th from 10am to 5pm and the best bit of all, it’s completely free.


If the arts aren’t really your thing then why not join in the fun with one of the High Woods Country Park Sunday Strolls in Colchester. Dust off those wintery cobwebs you’ve collected sat in front of the fire and exercise your limbs. It’s just a short drive from us here at The Marygreen Manor to High Woods where you’ll be taken on a three-mile walk through the country park by the ranger himself. With one on the 18th January from 11am to 12noon it gives you plenty of time to break in your walking boots. They also organise great Friday Health Walks too. Led by trained health leaders, they’re a fantastic way to improve your health and fitness in a more sociable setting. All organised walks are completely free with no need to book. It’s the perfect start to the day that could be swiftly followed by one of our delicious afternoon teas perhaps?


For some the slow and steady speed of a walk just doesn’t quite cut it so for those who are really jumping head first into their fitness resolutions the Run for the Run in Hatfield Forest could be something to go for. Running Saturday 10th January meaning hardly any time to think about it and talk yourself out of it. Pay a minimal £5 entry fee and run the 5km course through the forest and park, all in association with the National Forest. If that’s just too soon then don’t worry you haven’t missed out because Parkrun organise free 5k runs every Saturday morning in Weald Park right here in Brentwood. All you have to do is sign up via their website and show them your barcode at the beginning of every race to get your official finishing time.


If you’re looking for something a little less “get up and go” and a little more leisurely then why not take a look at something that Essex is becoming famous for…it’s Farmers’ Markets. Barleylands in Billericay are playing host to two different Farmers’ Markets this January with one on the 10th (the perfect excuse as to why you couldn’t possibly run tomorrow) and one on the 31st. Running from 08:30am-12:30pm in its new indoor home so no matter what the weather you can grab some great quality local produce.


Local produce always tastes the finest…

If you’d like more information on what to do in Essex during your stay with us then feel free to ask at or reception. We’ll be able to give you lots of information on just what’s happening and what you can’t afford to miss out on. Don’t forget we’ll be telling you all about our upcoming events very soon right here at The Marygreen herself so for now, sit back, relax and enjoy our wonderful fine dining whilst you decide what to do with your free time in our favourite county.

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