If you’re heading this way for a cooking class, there are some great places to visit around Colchester. In a previous posting I mentioned a little bit about the town, but, if you venture slightly further afield, there’s even more.
For example, Wivenhoe is a lovely spot a few miles further down the River Colne that runs outside my house. The river broadens out into an estuary, beginning at Wivenhoe where you can see the huge flood barrier. It’s in the distance in the photo.
Also nearby you can find the famous Beth Chatto Gardens and Nursery, just a few miles east of Colchester (and north of Wivenhoe). They were begun in 1960 by Beth Chatto who has won 10 Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show plus many other awards.
You can sometimes meet and speak with Mrs Chatto herself – supervising new planting – as I did on a recent visit. There’s a lovely tea room outside the huge nursery which is packed with herbs, grasses and other plants, many of them hard to find elsewhere.
Oh yes, and don’t forget to play with the cat (who has a magnificent home that he – or she? – clearly enjoys).