Last weekend was super busy, with three gorgeous shoots. So on the bank holiday Monday, I took the day off to spend time with Sam and we decided to visit Dedham, for some lunch and a wander around the village.
Whenever we have a free day, we never really know what to do with ourselves. We don’t always want to spend lots of money and sometimes you just want a couple of hours out of the house to spend some quality time together. Sound familiar?
Well, we’ve put together a list of ‘beautiful places’ within a short(ish) driving distance, so that we have something to do on those days we are both off work. And Dedham was our first stop.
Dedham Is around half an hour from us, in the northeast of Essex, in the borough of Colchester, and is lined with quant, beamed buildings, full of character. Dedham lies within the heart of ‘Constable Country’, where John Constable lived and painted, and you can see why. It’s just so idyllic.
Our first stop was at the Marlborough Head Inn, for a traditional pub lunch. Dedham is only tiny, so there aren’t an abundance of restaurants to choose from. But we were happy with our choice. I had a yummy ploughman and Sam opted for scampi and chips in a basket, to relive his childhood.
After eating, we took a wander down the hill to the River Stour, where the famous Boathouse hires out rowing boats for just £7.
Sadly, as it was a bank holiday and absolutely baking hot, everywhere was packed with visitors and we ended up giving the boat hire a miss. But it was still lovely to watch the children playing in the river and the families arguing over who was going to row the boats and who was doing it wrong.
We are definitely hoping to return when it isn’t quite so busy!
Walking slowly, back up the hill, into the village, we admired the roadside wares of the locals, including rhubarb, marrows and even paintings.
There was a little market outside the church, which is the main feature of the village, so we stopped and browsed the stalls for a little while, before going home.
It was the perfect place for a bit of quality time together and just what we needed as an escape from our busy working schedules.
Does anybody have any ideas of where we can go next? We’d love to hear your recommendations!