The show apartments at Lime Tree Place are due to open at the end of the month and we are looking forward with anticipation. 45 minutes from Liverpool Street and 10 minutes from Chelmsford by train, we take a look at five fab things to do in Witham, a quiet Essex town that’s certain to appeal to first-time buyers.

Wine and Dine at Crofters Wine Bar

Somewhere between an old-English wine bar and a French brasserie lies Crofters Wine Bar, Witham’s oldest independently owned restaurant. Hear the sound of flowing wine and conversation as you relax in this stylish and intimate setting. French artwork, mingled with Churchill quotations, adorn the walls under an ambient glow, creating the perfect setting for an evening of fine wining and dining amidst the rustic furnishings. Regular entertainment sprinkled with larger events ensure that each visit will be as memorable and special as the next. The longstanding family nature of this establishment has certainly instilled those old-fashioned values of great service and excellent quality food and drink in an extremely welcoming environment – definitely worth a visit.

Get festive at Witham Public Hall

From music to film, drama to dance, this charming venue plays host to a wealth of first-class talent in this welcoming and friendly public arena. Its central location on Collingwood Road has made it increasingly well-used, forming a focal hub for the community to enjoy. Upcoming highlights include the Christmas Fair, which will certainly heighten your festive spirits. It’s the ideal opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts for all of your family and friends. Let your stomachs be filled with festive treats and your ears with your favourite Christmas carols, which will keep you singing all the way home.

Enjoy afternoon tea at Braxted Bakery

This family run, old-fashioned style bakery is a perfect place to go to warm up in these colder months. Enjoy a huge selection of great value food including yummy cakes and drinks. Everything is locally sourced and served by friendly staff making it a very homely setting. Be sure not to miss out on the bottomless cream tea, especially good for when you’ve built up a healthy appetite after a wintery walk or cycle – you can eat and drink to your heart’s desire.

Find tranquillity at Whetmead Nature Reserve

Away from the hustle and bustle of the town, this picturesque landscape is home to a huge variety of paths and trails to enjoy by foot or bike. A hidden gem amongst locals, the nature reserve is full of wildlife from rabbits to birds, stoats to fish – so keep an eye out for these furry, or scaly, friends along the way. Beautiful all year round but, at this time of year, the autumn colours transform the reserve into a golden wonderland with fallen leaves creating a crunchy carpet of yellows and orangey-browns. If you’re in need of some TLC from Mother Nature, look no further than this beautiful escape.

Rivenhall Oaks Golf Centre

This club maintains a high standard without any pretentiousness, making golfers of all standards feel both comfortable and welcome. The two main courses are challenging for golfers of all abilities and with crazy golf and a driving range there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking to improve your game, there’s a team of friendly staff on hand to help whether you’re a beginner or old dog looking to learn new tricks. After your game, come and feast on delicious refreshments in the warmth of the cosy clubhouse. There’s nothing better than giving your balls a good whack on a crisp autumn day.

Call 020 8688 6552 to enquire about Lime Tree Place.