Visitors


Visitors to The Show will experience a true taste of the past as Living History Opportunities covering WW1, WW2 and the Cold War era will be revealed and provide your family with a truly memorable day out. Be ‘on guard’ throughout the day as spontaneous and dramatic scenes will be re-enacted by our enthusiastic Groups from around the UK who are immersed in living the lives of ‘characters past’. Join in and experience the lives of a British ‘Tommy’, Red Cross Nurse, Spitfire Pilot, Land Army Girl and Home Front Volunteer.

Many of our groups have provided Historic Guidance, Acting Extras and Film Props to National Television Productions which include ITV’s, DOWNTON ABBEY, the BBC’s WORLD WAR ONE AT HOME live events, and internationally acclaimed Films such as FURY and WAR HORSE.

Public Opening Times

Saturday 13th May 2017
09:00 – 17:00

Sunday 14th May 2017
10:00 – 16:00




Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs into the show ground other than guide dogs.



Cressing Temple is in the county of Essex in Eastern England. It is between the towns of Witham and Braintree. It is relatively close to several major towns including Chelmsford, Colchester, Cambridge, & Ipswich. The M25 motorway around London is 1/2 hour away. The M11 is a similar travel time. The International port at Harwich which connects to The Hook of Holland is an hours drive.

Postal Address is Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD

Cressing Temple is situated on the B1018 between Braintree and Witham. OS Ref: TL799187.

From Colchester: take the A12 south. Leave the A12 at Marks Tey. Then follow signs for Stansted airport. On the Braintree bypass you will see the brown signs for Cressing Temple Barns at the Gallows corner roundabout. At this point you are 10/15 minutes from the Barns. Follow the brown direction signs.

From Chelmsford / London. Leave the A12 at Witham, pass by the petrol station on the right. Take the first exit off the roundabout and enter Witham. Cross the mini-roundabout and pass through two sets of traffic lights to a mini-roundabout beside a car park on the left. Turn left and then pass straight over a double mini-roundabout. At the end of the road turn left and after 100 yards you will be at the Labour Party Hall roundabout.

Pass straight over and then go over the railway bridge. Pass straight over the next roundabout and take the first exit at the next. Keep left at the double mini-roundabouts and leave Witham towards Braintree (B1018). Cressing Temple can be seen from the road after about three miles. Turn right into Temple Lane and then immediately right after fifty yards into the Cressing Temple drive marked with a large black and white sign.

From Stansted take the A120 toward Colchester. Leave the dual carriageway at the Gallows Corner roundabout on the Braintree ring road. Take the 4th exit towards Witham (B1018). You will see permanent road signs (brown) indicating the direction of Cressing Temple Barns. Follow the main road for two miles. Cressing Temple is signposted to the left and the entrance is only fifty yards from the slip road.

Head along the A120 toward Colchester and then take the A12 south. Leave the A12 at Marks Tey. Then follow signs for Stansted airport. On the Braintree bypass you will see the brown signs for Cressing Temple Barns at the Gallows corner roundabout toward Witham on the B1018. At this point you are 10/15 minutes from the Barns. Follow the brown signs.

Please note there is not bus service from Witham railway station, which is about 6 miles from Cressing Temple Barns