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What to do in Finchingfield?

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

Often visitors to our Gallery in Finchingfield ask about where else they should visit in the surrounding area, so here are some suggestions for visitors.


If you wish to stay in Finchingfield, it has several lovely places from Finchingfield Camping, Toppesfield Vineyard, Spain Hall Estate, Millie’s Cottage overlooking the village and a new location Dynes Cottage.


For food and drink, there are many options in Finchingfield. There are three pubs (The Three Tuns, The Fox and The Lion). Then there is Winners Tearoom (which serves cooked food and lovely cake!), Zafra which specialise in fresh fish, raviolis, steaks and great Pizza and then two tearooms called Picture Pot and The Greedy Duck. If you like cake and scones, then you are spoilt for choice


To shop you not only have the gallery whom is home to over 50 artists from Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge, and Norfolk curated by Rob and Mary. Over 60% of the artist are local to the gallery. You then have two lovely Antique shops, The Antique Shop on the Hill, please note this shop only opens on Saturday and Sunday. The main Antique Centre in Finchingfield also repairs watches

Finchingfield has a windmill located around the corner from the Gallery it is often missed. It’s the oldest windmill in Essex stands on a hill overlooking Finchingfield. Its open on the third Sunday in the month April to September 2pm -5pm. Further on is Spains Hall with their famous beavers, and there are various walks that can be undertaken around the village and surrounding countryside.


The Finchingfield Guildhall has recently create a new exhibition of historical pictures to take the visitor ‘back in time’


You will see in the map we have two parking locations in Finchingfield along with parking on the roads around the village.


1. Stephen Marshall Avenue, Finchingfield, CM7 4LZ, which is just pass the Post Office in Finchingfield.

2. Spains Hall Road, CM7 4NG Open from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday (during the month of July ’21 only) We have added a temporary map pin to Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/issAV2y7LSRNorQb6


Finchingfield also has a petrol station which can be handy.


Near Finchingfield, Great Bardfield is normally quieter than Finchingfield yet has some lovely old buildings, is a pleasant town to stroll around, and offers easy parking on the local roads. Great Bardfield also boasts a Co-Op (think ice cream on a summer’s day), two pubs, a bookshop (Between the Lines) and a coffee shop (Coles). All worthy of a visit.


Just outside of Great Bardfield is Knead Food, which is another option for food and drink and more cake. Easy to parking here too.


Further on there is Great Lodge where you will find the Great Bardfield Vineyard. Check their website for open days in the summer with wine tasting (and more cake) in a beautiful setting.


Further away from Finchingfield there is Thaxted, which is a lovely picture postcard town with numerous old buildings to see, a lovely church, an old Windmill (sometimes open in the summer), more pubs, a wine bar (Parrishes), bakery and a fish and chip shop. Easy parking in a free car park behind the high street.


Further afield there is Saffron Walden, Long Melford and Sible Headingham, where you can also find Tuffon Hall Vineyard and they have cellar door open days, so check out their website for more details. All worthy of a visit and a further blog post.


For more information on places to Stay, Eat, Drink and Shop check out https://www.finchingfield.org/


Last updated : June 2021 (Temporary Car Parking, Spain Hall Road, Finchingfield CM7 4NG - during July 2021) Author: Wonky Wheel


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