SHOPPING & LEISURE
Chelmsford’s high street features top retailers like Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and WHSmith, while the city’s 800-year-old market offers stalls including antiques and collectables. The Meadows Shopping Centre boasts popular stores including Fat Face, Warehouse, Boots and Dorothy Perkins, along with a number of eateries. More stores can be found at the High Chelmer Shopping Centre including Bang and Olufsen, Millets and River Island. Chelmsford also benefits from lots of independent stores, selling everything from comics to jewellery.
There is a wide variety of sporting activities on offer in Chelmsford, including ice skating at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, where visitors can also swim and use the gym. Alternatively, the Virgin Active gym in New Writtle Street offers a gym, spa, pool and tennis courts, as well as exercise classes like Zumba and spinning. Chelmsford has a range of golf clubs. These include Channels, which is very close to the Beaulieu development, and Chelmsford Golf Club in Widford Road.
The city’s Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio in Fairfield Road offer a varied programme of entertainment, including drama, comedy, children’s shows and film screenings. Meanwhile, the Odeon cinema at the Meadows Shopping Centre shows the latest blockbusters, along with screenings for kids at the weekends and during school holidays. Live music can be heard at venues across the city including the Chelmsford City Racecourse and nightspots such as the Golden Fleece and Asylum.
An ever-growing city
As befitting an ever-growing city, there are several plans to enhance the retail and leisure offering in Chelmsford. In a development worth £120 million, a new John Lewis department store is currently under construction in Bond Street and is due to open in autumn 2016. A further 20 shops, five restaurants and a Cineworld will also be constructed nearby.