The past few days have seen the highest temperatures of the year so far. Of course, in typical bank holiday fashion, snow is now forecast for next week! It makes sense that we all want to get out and enjoy the good weather while it’s here.

School Easter holidays, combined with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing, have seen some of Chelmsford’s most popular parks, such as Hylands, busier than ever. To beat the queues, check out some of the city’s other beauty spots that are worthy of a visit.

The Love Your Chelmsford website has a handy postcode checker to help you find other green spaces nearby. Here are some suggestions…

Oaklands Park

Oaklands Park is found close to the city centre in the grounds of Chelmsford Museum. There are 12 acres of space in this public park to spread out in or take a stroll around over the Easter weekend. There are plenty of public car parks only a short walk away.

Oaklands park in Chelmsford
Above: Oaklands Park

Noakes Park

Unless you live in the Great Baddow area, this park may not yet be on your radar. There are mature trees and ponds to explore. Baddow Recreation Ground is also located here, so there are sporty facilities available.

Andrews Park

Andrews Park, off Patching Hall Lane, is one of the more established and sizeable Chelmsford city parks. It’s adjacent to woodland and there’s a children’s play area so something for everyone to enjoy. There’s certainly space here for a bank holiday picnic.

Chelmer Park

Chelmer Park, off Beehive Lane, specialises in providing quality sports facilities. However, there are also the remnants of an old apple orchard and areas managed for wildlife. There’s extensive open space to meet up with friends and family in.

Chelmer Park in Chelmsford, near Galleywood
Above: Chelmer Park

Coronation Park

Coronation Park is home to Chelmsford Rugby Club. When there’s not a game on, there’s plenty of open space to make your own. Younger children can enjoy the play area and exhaust themselves with a run around the field.

Don’t take our word for it, have a browse for new parks yourself or take a look at these amazing green spaces. There are more than 20 Chemsford parks to choose from, so you’re bound to find a new grassy area to explore.

By Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at or on 01245 606984.

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