I haven’t done a A Break From Books post in a few months, so I thought I’d finally share some photos from my day out in Finchingfield and Thaxted in Essex. If you only know Essex from The Only Way is Essex, you’re missing out. It might have a certain reputation, but Essex has some really lovely villages and there’s so much to do. One of my favourite weekend trips is driving into ‘deepest Essex’, discovering somewhere new.
Last August, we headed to Finchingfield after seeing that it had been described as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ and ‘a chocolate-box village’ – and it certainly is! We spent the day wandering around the village, looking at the pretty houses and old buildings, and the beautiful countryside. We visited a tea room – my idea, of course – and had a lunch of sandwiches, salad, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes and coffee. After lunch, we came across the local church. I wouldn’t be the first person to volunteer to visit a church, but I’m so happy we did because we discovered an amazing bookish surprise. Over the summer the local church was home to an exhibition. The local kids had decorated it with creative displays inspired by various children’s books, including Dodie Smith’s 101 Dalmations as she was a resident of Finchingfield.
After we had walked everywhere and were full from all the cake and sandwiches, we headed to Thaxted, another lovely village a few miles from Finchingfield, to explore the countryside a bit more and track down the windmill. It was such a fun day out, so if you’re in the south of England and looking for something to do one weekend… head to Essex!