Halstead is situated near Colchester and Sudbury, in the Colne Valley.
Halstead is a charming market town with the river Colne flowing through it. The town has been Gold award winner of Essex in Bloom for the last 5 years. Spanning the river is the historic Townsford Mill now housing Halstead Antiques Centre. The town featured in a number of episodes of the TV series Lovejoy.
Five miles from Halstead is the superb Hedingham Castle. The historic seat of the Earls of Oxford, it features possibly the finest Norman Keep in the country.
Chappel Railway Museum
Seven miles from Halstead is Chappel Railway museum that has regular live steam days and a fascinating collection of historic steam engines.
The historic market town of Sudbury is 8 miles from Halstead. It is the birthplace of the artist Thomas Gainsborough, and you can visit the house where he lived and worked.