Upminster is a suburban town in east London, England, and part of the London Borough of Havering. It rests 16.5 miles east-northeast of Charing Cross and is identified as one of the locally important district centres in the London Plan.
There are shopping streets, residential areas, scenic beauty, and much more.
In Essex, Upminster was originally a rural village forming an ancient parish. I planned to explore Upminster, and guess what! This place has a lot to offer.
10 Best Things to Do in Upminster
It is a medium-sized recreation park sprawling up to 6.91 hectares. The local community uses it well to carry out leisure and recreational activities like playing sports and walking. The facility includes:
- A multi-use games arena.
- Tennis courts.
- A cricket table.
- A full-sized football pitch.
In short, it has everything that a sports enthusiast would look forward to exploring.
You will find more parents here than other individuals, for the play area often fascinates the children where they enjoy playing and socializing with fellow kids. I parked my vehicle in its small car park and visited a Tea and Ice Cream Hut. You will also spot shops, pubs, and flat grass play areas around Upminster Park.
Upminster Golf Club
The Upminster Golf Club is one of the highlights of the suburban town. It lives up to the beauty of its historic clubhouse while combining breath-taking views, especially when you visit here in spring and autumn evenings. The club features lively turfs, superb greens, and brand-new bunkers.
The most beautiful part of the Golf Club is that its course is spread over the rolling greensward that runs gently down to the River Ingrebourne, blending wide fairways with holes requiring finesse. This place has a history. It was originally laid out in 1928 by the great Harry (H.A.) Colt. He is considered the founder of golf course architecture in Britain.
The Golf and Bowls Club remains famous for its hospitality from the visiting societies and county teams that book yearly. Visit here to see the game of golf. You will cherish this one-of-a-kind experience, I promise.
Upminster Bridge is a crossing of the River Ingrebourne that also carries the A124 road between the suburbs of nearby Hornchurch and Upminster town centre in northeast England. So, what makes this bridge so notable and a major tourist attraction?
After inquiring with the locals, I found out that this bridge is known to have existed since at least 1375, and the current brick bridge was opened in 1892 after replacing a series of wooden bridges. The bridge also gave its name to the nearby Upminster Station, the opening of which also dates back to as old as 1934. The tube station makes commuting easy for the residents as well as tourists.
I wouldn’t be wrong to tell you that Upminster Windmill is one of the major tourist attractions in this area. This windmill is a Grade II listed smock hill located in the London Borough of Havering, England. Formerly known as Abrahams’s Mill, it was in Essex. It has been restored and is a museum open to the public at selected times.
When it was built in 1803, it was known as Smock Mill, shaped like an agricultural worker’s smock. It is still touted as a notable landmark. At present, Upminster Windmill Preservation Trust is seeking major funding to restore the original wooden milling machinery. If you want to make the most of your visit to this place, ensure to come here on the first and third weekends of each month. Admission is free, and you will also find guided tours.
Upminster Tap Room
Upminster Tap Room has been open for a few years, and it remains a haven for all beer lovers. It offers gravity cask beers served from a cold room behind the bar. You can also make the most of the bottled selection. I selected mine from their interesting Belgian list, and trust me! I have never known of these names anywhere in the United Kingdom before.
The condition of the cask beers was good. The service of the Tap Room is warm and friendly. You can also explore the nearby local micropubs and spend a good time tasting London’s nightlife.
Hornchurch is located in the outer district of East London, about 15 miles from the city’s centre. It is one of the two main tourist centres in Havering and extends to include the neighbouring areas of Upminster and Rainham.
If you are a connoisseur of art and history, you will have a good time exploring this region. The collection of small museums and heritage sites will put you in awe. It is primarily a residential suburb; but also has some value hotel accommodation for the tourists.
I booked my room in one of the hotels and enjoyed a decent stay. The retail area and hiking trails of this region intrigued me the most. This parish church also features a large theatre and is a sought-after location for weddings.
The Queen’s Theatre
This vibrant theatre in Hornchurch has a rich heritage. It is well-known as the region’s cultural hub, working in Outer East London, Essex, and beyond. Every year, over 200,000 people enjoy the program that the theatre hosts, including live entertainment, learning, participating in projects, and a lot more.
When I visited the Queen’s Theatre to witness one of their live shows, I was thrilled to see how they attend their audience. Each individual is given a warm welcome and is hosted graciously.
The theatre has many feathers in its cap, including the Most Welcoming Theatre and London Theatre of the Year. It is the first Outer London theatre to receive this prestigious award.
Being an ardent nature lover, I included Upminster Sanctuary to my itinerary, and my experience visiting here was more than fulfilling. The Upminster Sanctuary for Complementary Healing and Teaching is set in rural surroundings. The location alone will put you in awe.
The whole ambience of this place promotes a feeling of relaxation and contentment. If you want to escape from the hustle-bustle of London, visit here for the much-needed rejuvenation and restoration. I still cherish my bare-footed walk in their gardens.
My visit to Upminster Sanctuary pushed me to explore the natural wonders of Upminster even more. Hence, I decided to traverse the Bonnetts Wood. This place is named after the Bonnetts family, who farmed these fields as a part of their Central Farm from the 1920s.
This place is perfect for unwinding and relaxing your body and mind. You will spot everything that will bring you closer to Mother Nature – flower meadows, small streams, and native trees. Merely sitting in silence in Bonnetts Woods and doing nothing will give you a memorable experience. But if you want to participate in some activities, you can pursue cycling, horse-riding, and walking through the meadows.
Essex is another underrated walking destination near Upminster that will keep you surprised as you start touring it. Connect with nature by walking at the tranquil riverbanks, creeks, and coastlines. Wander through the ancient forests and explore spectacular views of the picturesque villages.
Essex Walks hosts trails and hikes for the locals and tourists. Some popular trails include The Oak Trail through Epping Forest, Hadleigh Castle, Thames Estuary Walk, Naze Tower, and Nature Reserve on the North Sea coast.
Upminster is a hidden gem of London. Once you tour this place, you will return with many memories and a promise of visiting here again. We are in TCU (Travel Club of Upminster) always ready to answer all of your queries.