Halstead lies seven miles north of Braintree and is an attractive traditional market town with a wealth of shops, restaurants and interesting walks.

With a population of over 11,000, Halstead has grown steadily and it has several estates of modern houses as well as the expected amenities of 21st century life. Schools are of a high standard and local health facilities include a hospital and medical centre. Leisure opportunities, too are of a high standard with most sports catered for. There are several playing fields and a leisure centre and swimming pool. Clubs and organisations for all ages and interests can be found and the town’s community spirit is typified by the Empire, a popular local theatre and cinema used for weekly bingo, live shows and films.

Halstead has a variety of individual shops and a small market held on Fridays, and is a very friendly place to visit.

The Town Council has a responsibility to cater for the needs of the growing population and younger generation, but also to balance these demands and preserve what is best for everyone, whether it be buildings, open spaces or leisure facilities

The Halstead Heritage Museum is open and manned on Wednesday and Sunday from 13:30 – 16:00. 
Please click here to see Halstead Heritage Museum Admissions Policy

Town Council normal opening hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.


In line with government guidelines on managing the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Town Council offices and Queens Hall have restricted access until further notice. Visitors to the council offices are requested to wear a mask.  Payments can be made by telephone or post. Contact with the office can be made by email to townclerk@halsteadtowncouncil.org.uk or by phone to 01787 476480 during working hours from 9:00  – 16:00 on weekdays. The Clerk may be contacted out of hours for emergencies only on 07808 547290

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