Travelling around England
Welcome, friends! Spring's coming, so I propose you a weekend in the countryside near London. If you're park lovers, you must visit any of these two places in Essex County: Hedingham Castle in Braintree and Audley End House in Saffron Walden. From London city, both of them will take you a short driving distance and you will be able to breathe fresh air and enjoying beautiful gardens and forests; it's well known that many Essex lands were used as Royal hunting forests for many hundreds of years and its castles are well preserved.
To begin with Hedingham Castle in Braintree, which is a Middle Age fortress and it remains a family home, but keep and grounds are open to the public from Easter to October. Here, a lot of events take place, including jousting, archery, falconry, re-enactment battles, fairs, classic & vintage car shows, music concerts, theatre productions and educational school visits.
Hedingham Castle is currently used for wedding ceremonies and private parties. Weddings are held by candlelight in the keep.
Likewise, Audley End House's a 17th-century large country house outside Saffron Walden, it has a beautiful parkland. The grounds are divided by the River Calm, which is crossed by several ornate bridges, and a main road which follows the route of a Roman road. The park beyond the river is frequently used for open-air concerts. There's a miniature of a circular railway as a visitor attraction.
The restored walled kitchen garden looks like in late Victorian times: full of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.
Moreover, you can come in the house and gaze at paintings by Canaletto and Jan Brueghel the Younger.
In brief, I expect you to like my suggestions. Could you tell me your experiences in these places if you visit them, please?