There are many advantages to living in this new city, including excellent schools, an expanding university, shopping that scores highly for both quality and choice, 1,700 acres of parks, and a lively cultural and sports scene.
Chelmsford has been a draw for shoppers since it gained a Royal Charter to hold a market in 1199. The market is still going strong and has now been joined by The Meadows and High Chelmer shopping centres, as well as many exclusive boutique-style shops, particularly in the trendy Moulsham Street quarter.
The nightlife and restaurant scene is also something you’ll enjoy. There are over a hundred places to eat, serving a truly international range of cuisines; so you can go just where your appetite dictates! And whether your idea of a good night out involves catching a movie, seeing a play or dancing the night away, Chelmsford has the answer. With three theatres, an eight screen Odeon and a great selection of bars and clubs, you’ll find plenty to entertain you.
Chelmsford is a festival city too; perhaps most famous for the V Festival in Hylands Park each summer, but also hosting celebrations of beer, performance artistry and fun for children.
As for the sporting life, Chelmsford offers facilities for hockey, cricket, football, ice skating, athletics, and fitness. There are also six golf courses nearby including Chelmsford Golf Club next door to St John’s, one of the best courses in the county and a wonderful backdrop to the development.
With abundant open space within the development, as well as in the city and the surrounding Essex countryside, St John’s is the natural choice for families.
Chelmsford’s schools are another very good reason to settle here. They include the consistently highly rated Chelmsford County High School and King Edward VI Grammar School, as well as several ‘Outstanding’ primary schools.
Family life is about leisure and relaxation as well as learning, and Chelmsford offers an array of ways to have fun. You won’t have to venture too far to find nature reserves, country parks, Green Flag city parks, a miniature railway or a boat trip on the Chelmer or Blackwater. Children who love animals can get close to creatures great and small at Marsh Farm Country Park or Tropical Wings World of Wildlife.
Chelmsford’s long history also provides plenty to intrigue all ages: try Pleshey Castle, Sandford Mill, Stock Watermill and the city’s splendid 15th century cathedral.
Colchester 19 mins
Stratford International 24 mins
London Liverpool Street 34 mins
Chelmsford station 2 miles
A12 4 miles
M25 Junction 28 13 miles
M11 Junction 7 16.5 miles
City Centre 8 mins
Chelmsford Station 10 mins
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