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Things To Do In Finchingfield Essex | A Guide To Visiting This Picturesque Essex Village!

Tucked away in the corner of Braintree District is the village of Finchingfield. It’s a lovely picturesque village to spend a couple of hours in and is said to be one of the most photographed villages in England! Finchingfield was also documented in the Domesday Book and was the site of Roman settlements! Here’s a guide to what you can expect when visiting Finchingfield Essex.

Finchingfield Essex

Finchingfield Essex cottages
Colourful cottages in Finchingfield Essex

The Village Green

The main focal point of Finchingfield is the Village Green with its humpback bridge and duck pond. It’s surrounded by colourful cottages and traditional pubs and tearooms.

A fun annual event that takes place is the Three-Legged Race. Competitors dress up and race THROUGH the pond every September to raise money for charity!

The best way to reach Finchingfield is by car, although, there isn’t a huge amount of parking. You mostly have to park along the road. So if visiting, please park sensibly and don’t block private property/access. It is on bus route 9 from Braintree, but it only runs once an hour, so keep this in mind.

Finchingfield Village Green
Finchingfield Village Green

Finchingfield Pubs & Tearooms

The Fox On The Green

The Fox On The Green is, as the name suggests, located right on the Village Green. It was once a 16th-century coaching inn. There is front terrace seating, indoor tables, or a quieter rear beer garden. It’s a great place to enjoy a cold drink in the sun.

Alternatively, they have a small lunch menu served Monday to Saturday or larger dinner menu including a Sunday roast. They pride themselves on sourcing produce from local Essex suppliers. For example, the fruit and vegetables come from the Finchingfield Post Office, who in turn get them from local farmers to sell in the village store.

Finchingfield Pubs The Fox Inn
Finchingfield Pubs: The Fox Inn

Other Finchingfield pubs include The Finchingfield Lion (which has a pizza menu, along with four en-suite bedrooms if you are looking to stay in Finchingfield) and The Three Tuns (with a secret beer garden, a Wednesday to Saturday dinner menu, Sunday roasts, and various events such as live music and car shows).

Winners Tearoom

For those looking for a tearoom in Finchingfield, Winners Tearoom on the Village Green is a good option. They too have both indoor and outdoor seating areas. There’s a brunch menu, afternoon tea, or simply just coffee and cake options! I can vouch for their scones, they are yummy!

Finchingfield Windmill

The Finchingfield Post Mill dates back to the 1700’s and is the oldest windmill in Essex. It is a Grade II listed building but is no longer in working order, due to the close proximity of the nearby surroundings. In the past it was also known as Letch’s Mill and Duck End Mill and was one of 8 windmills in Finchingfield, however, it is the only remaining one.

The mill is open to the public on the 3rd Sunday of the month from April until September between 2pm to 5pm.

St John the Baptist Church and Guildhall

The Norman tower of St John the Baptist Church dates back to 1170, with most of the church being built in the 13th and 14th centuries. If the church is open, you are welcome to peek inside.

From the main road, you can access the churchyard through the Grade I listed Guildhall gateway. The Guildhall building now houses the Finchingfield Library (which is open on Wednesdays and Saturday), and the Guildhall Museum.

The Guildhall Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays between March to October, from 2pm until 4pm. Entry is free but donations are appreciated. If you want to find out more about the history of Finchingfield, the windmill, and more, this is the place to go!

Finchingfield church door open
St John the Baptist Church in Finchingfield Essex

Finchingfield Camping & Lavender Farm

A short drive from the Village Green is Finchingfield Camping and Lavender Farm. Did you know you can go glamping in Essex? Finchingfield Camping has 2 glamping Lotus Belle tents as well as camping pitches for tents or small campervans.

Finchingfield Camping glamping tent
Finchingfield Camping and Lavender Farm

From the end of June until the end of August, limited tickets are available for the lavender field. This is a really nice, peaceful place to visit. The ticket includes lavender picking as well as being able to relax in the field. There are deck chairs and sun loungers between the rows. It smells amazing!

On-site is a compost toilet and a cafe selling hot and cold drinks, cakes, and savoury items. You can also pre-order afternoon tea boxes.

In August they host an annual Lavender Festival.

Sun lounger in lavender field Essex
Sun loungers in the lavender field

Braintree District

Another thing to do near Finchingfield is visit Boydells Farm. Just 3.5 miles away (6-minute drive), this farm is honestly amazing, a MUST visit if you are in the area. Personally, I think it’s the best farm in Essex. The staff are amazing and there are so many hands-on experiences, from petting kittens to feeding goats and baby lambs.

The nearest big town is Braintree, which is 9 miles away (approximately 20 minutes). Here you’ll find larger-scale accommodation options, transport networks, shops, cafes, parks, and more.

Tips For Visiting Finchingfield

As Finchingfield is only a small village, I would combine it with a visit to either Finchingfield Lavender Farm or Boydells Dairy Farm. Afterward, head to the village green to have a drink and something to eat at one of the tearooms or pubs! Especially on a warm day, it’s lovely to sit and watch the world go by around the village green.

Another great time to visit Finchingfield would be to coincide with the windmill opening days on the 3rd Sunday of the month. You can get fairly close to the post mill to see it from the outside, but this will allow you to see the inside too.

Alternatively, go during the opening hours of the Guildhall Museum to learn more about the history of the village back to the Ice Age times!

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