Thaxted is a beautiful small town in open countryside halfway between Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow. The compact nature of the historic centre with its timber framed buildings, its steeply pitched roofs and chimneys contrasts with the surrounding agricultural mosaic of brown, yellow and green. The church and windmill with its white sails dominate the town and surrounding area.
The magnificent church of cathedral proportions and the guildhall fronting a large market place are ample evidence of the town's prosperity and standing.
Today Thaxted is one of Britain's most attractive and well preserved small towns. Its superb medieval buildings and quaint streets, many of which still bear ancient descriptive names such as Fishmarket Street, Town Street, Orange Street, Weaverhead Lane, The Tanyard and Stoney Lane, are unique.
Thaxted is also home to the annual Morris Weekend which sees the gathering of Morris dancers from across the country gathering to dance through the town culminating in the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in the churchyard.