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A day in the country at The Reid Rooms

Sat on the Hertfordshire-Essex border, The Reid Rooms are former stables built almost 200 years ago, now one of Britain's premier wedding venues. The wood beamed interiors and white panelled walls are an instagrammer's dream, while the idyllic surrounding Chelmsford countryside is the perfect location for an afternoon stroll.

Learn about local customs� like afternoon tea

What Harlow Museum lacks in space, it more than makes up for in its exhibition that walk you through some of the local history, going straight back to Roman times. On a dry day, the tranquil walled gardens outside make for a pleasant stroll, while the quaint tea room serves up tea, cake and sandwiches.

Family fun with some furry friends

From pigs to parrots, ducks to donkeys, Pet's Corner in Harlow is free to get in, and you can't get better value than that. Kids love to feed the baby lambs and with lots of unusual facts and animal snippets along the way, a trip here is as informative as it is fun. Looking for a cheap hotel Near the Reid Rooms? Travelodge Stansted Great Dunmow Hotel is just 8 miles away, or Travelodge Harlow Hotel is around a 25-minute drive.