CHLOE McKendrick went on her first visit to the Essex town of Harlow to see what attractions it has to offer.
I began my journey to Harlow on route 86 that took me directly into Harlow Bus Station. There are many routes with bus journeys from Epping and Stansted. The cost of a return to Harlow from Waltham Abbey cost me £5.50.
Harlow has a train station that is connected to London Liverpool Street Station, allowing tourists to get a direct route from London. There are many parking spaces; you will always be able to find a place to park.
Beside the bus station is the Holiday Inn with restaurants a five-minute walk away. Harlow has a selection of restaurants and coffee shops with Pizza Express and Starbucks. Shops vary from clothing to supermarkets, allowing any tourist or citizen has access to essentials needed.
Local theatre, Harlow Playhouse, portrays shows from Peter Pan to the Ed Byrne Tour and Paul Zerdin All Mouth.
Walking along the Water Gardens, I met Stacey, a local citizen and what she recommends, ‘Watch a show at the Playhouse. I watched Beauty and the Beast last Christmas and it was amazing!’
There are also plenty of places for the children with Pets Corner, a picnic in Town Park, the cinema and a soft-play centre.
Having enjoyed my day in Harlow, I would recommend for tourists to visit letting them get an insight of everyday life in the eyes of an Essexian.