The Cressing Temple Barns
The largest of the Knights Templar’s Essex based landholdings boasts the oldest known wooden structure in the world, so some serious historical stuff here if you're aiming for that side of things, but wonderful features like the medieval moat (around the farmland) for those who just want to soak up the atmosphere and let their imagination run off with them.
The gardens are split into knot, nosegay, medicinal and kitchen so provide a pleasingly varied portrait of the needs of the traditional household. Again it's one of those things that are both pleasing to look at in shallowness but even more fascinating in depth, so you can make this as educational as you like with a bit of effort.
There are picnic tables around the site and designated areas where running and such is acceptable, but this is largely a walk and look visit, not a run about and shout visit! That said there are accessible loos and baby changing available so they clearly welcome families.
On a regular basis there are visits by Tudors, Vikings etc with a lot of hands on stuff for the children to do. Also a nice cafe for dehydrated Grandmothers. I'm afraid I can't give you much more except that our lot really enjoyed themselves. Best Wishes, Grandma Jones - June 08
It may be worth checking out The Cressing Temple Barns's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
Telephone: 01376 584903
The site is Free to visitors on non event days. Opening Times: 2015 Opening Details:
Everything is open daily 10:30am to 4:30pm (grounds, barns and garden) unless it is booked for a wedding, so check ahead if it's the sole focus of your trip.
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