Explore all Billericay has to offer

Close to Basildon, Brentwood and Chelmsford, there's lots going on in and around this thriving part of Essex. If you like to shop then Lakeside Shopping Centre is around half an hour's drive, while Freeport Mall in Braintree has over 85 outlet stores offering big discounts all year round. A seaside visit for some bucket and spade action in Southend will take 40 minutes by train or car. Or for something more active there's a military-themed paintball and laser arena Nearby. Golfers might want to play a round at Burstead Golf Club.

Visit Barleylands Craft Village & Farm Park

Having won awards for its art and craft activities, food and drink and farm attractions, Barleylands certainly makes for a great day out. See farmyard animals up close and personal with activities like lamb bottle feeding, check out magnificent birds of prey and pay a visit to the daunting reptile house. There's always special activities for the kids in the holidays. If it's familiar English weather then children can burn off energy in the indoor play area, cosy up to friendly animals in the barn or learn about how farming and rural life has changed over the years.

Get back to nature

Mill Meadows Nature Reserve is great for a picnic. The ancient meadows are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Can you spot the foxes, muntjac deer, woodpeckers or orchids? Looking for a cheap hotel Near Billericay? The Travelodge Basildon Hotel has Nearby restaurants and nightlife within easy access, while Travelodge Brentwood East Horndon Hotel is 4 miles away and closer to Lakeside for shopping.