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Non-raceday events for 2016 include concerts, comedy and murder mystery nights, wedding and antiques fairs and a whole host more, details of all of these events can be found under our “Venue Hire” tab.

Construction of the £28 million replacement A138 'Chelmer Viaduct' road which connects Chelmer Village Way roundabout to the Army and Navy roundabout began in February 2015[55] and will replace the existing 1932 structure which will remain open during construction. However the old road and bridge will be demolished shortly after construction is completed.[56]

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The RHP brand, intellectual property rights and company assets were absorbed into the Japanese NSK Ltd bearing company in early 1990 trading as NSK-RHP Ltd.[35] at its UK base in Newark on Trent with the historic R.H.P. name finally disappearing in 2001.[35]

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BBC Essex has been on air since 5 November 1986 and its studios are based in New London Road.

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The Waterhouse Lane–based company began in the early 1940s as a part of the Marconi group, manufacturing magnetrons for defence radar systems. The company was first registered as a separate company in Chelmsford, Essex in 1947 under Serge Aisenstein.[36] Its initial name was the Phoenix Dynamo Co Ltd, though it immediately changed its name to English Electric Valve Company Ltd.

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Sunday 11th September sees our second annual Countryside Day here at Chelmsford City. There will be stalls and lots going on around the Racecourse as the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of wonderful all-weather racing.

Horse racing has been run at two separate venues using the name Chelmsford, neither actually in the city centre itself. The sport originally took place at Chelmsford Racecourse, at Galleywood, from the 18th century until its closure in 1935.[103] A new racecourse was established at Great Leighs in 2008 and subsequently changed its name to Chelmsford City Racecourse.[104]

The New Street factory remained empty, derelict and vandalised for several years much to the dismay of Marconi Veterans and Chelmsfordians.[28][29]

Since 2014 the city has held a marathon. Starting and ending in the city centre, the marathon takes in the city itself and the surrounding environs. The 2014 edition had over 1000 participants.[105] The Chelmsford campus of Anglia Ruskin University also has many sports teams and facilities.

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The Public House "The Army and Navy" from which the roundabout gets its name was demolished in March 2007. It was replaced by a Travelodge Hotel, a Frankie & Benny's Restaurant, a bed store and private apartments. Building work started at the site in October 2007 and the project was completed in December 2008.

In 1999, Marconi's defence division, including the Chelmsford facilities, was purchased by British Aerospace to form BAE Systems. Two sites remain under BAE control; the Great Baddow site which is now BAE's Advanced Technology Centre and its Integrated Systems Technologies business at Glebe Road.

Other bus companies serving the area include Regal Busways, Stephensons of Essex, Hedingham Omnibus and Network Colchester. There are also a variety of school bus serving the city and surrounding areas. Outside of peak times many of these services are run under contract to Essex County Council.

Most of the factory was demolished during the summer of 1990 and the site is now occupied by the sprawling Rivermead Campus of the Anglia Ruskin University.

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On 14 November 2012 the Company agreed to merge with Scotland's A.G. Barr, producer of Scottish soft drinks Irn Bru, Tizer and D'n'B, to create one of Europe's largest soft drinks companies.[43] However the merger was put into serious doubt[44][45][46] after the Office of Fair Trading referred the merger to the Competition Commission.[47]

Since 2011, a second station has been proposed for the new housing development in Beaulieu (Park), Boreham.[50][51]

Chelmsford also has a local opt-out of Heart FM. Heart Essex (previously Essex FM up to June 2009) has been on air since 12 September 1981 and has been owned by Global Radio since 2007. It moved to studios in Glebe Road in late 2004, having previously been based in Southend-on-Sea. In May 2009, the station was rebranded to The Heart of Essex, Essex FM. In June 2009, the popular Essex FM née Essex Radio name brand was dropped after 28 years.

The coldest temperature recorded at Writtle was −20.6 °C (−5.1 °F)[88] on 29 January 1947. A low of −18.0 °C (−0.4 °F)[89] was also recorded during December 1981. Most recently the temperature fell to −13.0 °C (8.6 °F)[90] on 20 December 2010. Air frost is recorded on an average of 52.7 nights of the year, and typically the coldest night will fall to −7.4 °C (18.7 °F)[91]


A new second railway station for the city was announced in September 2009 and is due to be built near the Boreham Interchange. Completion for the project is likely to be in 2020.[76]

In December 2005 the Company underwent an initial public offering (IPO) allowing its main shareholders (InterContinental Hotels Group, Whitbread, Pernod Ricard) to realise their investments.

On 14 March 2014 the Britvic Westway factory closed for good thus ending the company's 150-year association with the city.[49]

Until their closure in the mid-2000s Anglia Television/ITV Anglia had offices located in Chelmsford city centre. Chelmsford is served by London and East Anglia regional variations of the BBC and ITV1.

The only connection to the company name in Chelmsford today is the RHP Bowls club located on part of the old Hoffmans Social Club site at Canterbury Way and Hoffmans Way at the corner of the old factory site at New Street and Rectory Lane.

The GHQ Line part of the British hardened field defences of World War II runs directly through Chelmsford with many pillboxes still in existence to the north and south of the city.

The military and secure communications division of Marconi was merged into Selex Communications was based at the New Street factory however they vacated the site in April 2008 with the remaining operations moved to nearby Basildon. This brought to an end of more than 100 years of the Marconi name in Chelmsford.[26]

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Aside from the amazing local events there really is so much more to do in the area, whether that be getting active at various sporting venues, treating yourself at the fantastic range of shops or spending time with the family at a number of attractions. Whatever it is you feel like doing, Visit Chelmsford is here to help!

Built from 1830 onwards as the county jail, it has been used as a long term category B (prior to the introduction of the dispersal system), a young person's prison and a local prison since 1987.

Chelmsford stands out for its spectacular events programme. With unique events such as the 3foot People Festival and the Fling Festival, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained all year round. Here at Visit Chelmsford we want to make sure we keep you in the know with what’s on so nobody misses out.

The former Anglia Ruskin University central campus off Park Road was demolished in January/February 2010 and has been redeveloped into luxury apartments and several retail units. The new development has been given the name ' City Park West'.

Chelmsford is at the geographic and political centre of Essex and has been the county town since 1215. It is the location of the headquarters of Essex County Council at County Hall on Market Road[17] and the headquarters of Chelmsford City Council on Duke Street.[18] The headquarters of Essex Police is located in the Springfield area of the city at Kingston Crescent.[19]

Since 2 September 2013 in order to save money and reduce carbon emissions, many streets lights in the Chelmsford district switched over to Essex County Council's part-night street lighting scheme. This involves most street lights being switched off between 1:00am and 5:00am[57] (Tuesday to Sunday) with exceptions such as the city centre area, key road junctions, some pedestrian crossings and known accident sites.[58] On Monday mornings the switch off is from midnight to 5:00am.

The brand new facilities provide a wonderful setting from which to anchor your raceday experience. The Grandstand boasts two restaurants, one ideal for families, friends and corporate events, the other, a more formal environment and perfect to celebrate special occasions. The restaurants are complimented by the lively Sports Bar area offering various raceday packages and bars for general admission.