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Living in Braintree

Culture and History

Braintree is a delightful market town with which celebrates its history with the Braintree District Museum based in the former Manor Street School building since 1993, the Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District’s industrial and cultural achievements as well as its many notable personalities. An extension of the museum is the Warner Textile Archive in an original Warner & Sons mill building.

Outdoor pursuits

Braintree has many opportunities for individuals to enjoy the outdoors, such as Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens, Skye Ropes, Essex Gliding Club, Balloon Flights, and Great Notley Country Park which host various events throughout the year including Starlight Cinema, Arts & Crafts and hosted trails and walks.

Eat, drink & shopping

Braintree Shopping Village hosts a variety of outlet stores which include top brands such as Hugo Boss, Hollister and Levi’s, it also offers a range of restaurants and cafes. They provide free buses to and from the town centre, as well as maintaining a huge carpark onsite.
Braintree's bustling street market takes over the town centre on the last Saturday of every month, offering a cosmopolitan mix of street food to local produce, drinks bar and artisan bakery, to handmade gifts, plants and flowers.


The town benefits from a 12 screen cinema, the Braintree Arts Theatre which hosts a variety of performances from the Comedy Club to Tribute Acts, bowling alley, leisure centres, spas and gyms.
Sporting fans can indulge in football at Braintree FC's football ground, or can take part in a team at cricket and golf clubs.


Excellent village schools in the surrounding areas and the Braintree Campus for Colchester Institute offering higher education courses in Technology, Engineering, Construction, Business and Media. Including plans to further develop the Braintree STEM Innovation Centre making STEM related subjects more accessible to the local community and students further afield.


Braintree is only half an hour away from larger towns such as Colchester, Chelmsford and under an hour from the coast, it is easily accessible via train with London being a little over an hour journey.