Witham is located at the very heart of Essex, midway between Chelmsford, the county town of Essex, and Colchester, one of the oldest recorded towns in Britain.
Standing on the River Brain, the manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. It has been a cloth making centre, spa and coaching town. There has been a market in Witham since 1215. Witham was also for many years the home of novelist and theologian Dorothy L. Sayers, and a centre has been dedicated to her.
Some 40 years' ago a linear park known as the River Walk was established to run along the banks of the River Brain as it meanders through the town of Witham. Take a walk along the River Walk to discover an amazing mix of wild areas that are home to birds, insects, fauna and flora, along with more formal areas that prove very popular for summer picnics. To the south and almost a continuation of the River Walk, where the Rivers Blackwater and Brain meet, you will find peace and spend many hours watching the world go by.
Witham has a growing population of over 25,000, and is a mixture of old and modern buildings, which include a variety of bustling shops, cafes and restaurants. There are numerous leisure facilities including several playing fields, a skateboard park, a football club, a rugby club and a leisure centre with swimming pools. Clubs and organisations for all ages and interests have an active membership which adds to the community spirit within the town.
Annual events in Witham include Witham Open Gardens, a Medieval Fayre, a Carnival, Witham International Puppet Festival, a Charity Firework Display and the Town Carol Service.