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14th March 2024

Burnham Waters and our new build bungalows in Essex: we share ten tips for a happy retirement

If you have been searching for a new build bungalows then you are likely to be approaching, if not already enjoying retirement. At Burnham Waters, a new luxury retirement community in Burnham on Crouch, where we offer a range of one, two and three-bedroom new build bungalows, we share our top 10 tips for a happy retirement.

1. Get your finances in order


The earlier you can begin to plan your retirement the better! Having enough money set aside to support you in your later years will have a huge impact on when you can afford to retire and the lifestyle you will be able to enjoy.  

If you are seeking financial advice for your retirement, you might want to take a look at Pension Wise, a service provided by MoneyHelper, which is backed by the government. They offer a range of free, impartial guidance to over 50s, covering everything from pensions and building your retirement pot to tax allowances.


2. Wind down gently


You may have been dreaming of retirement for some time and researching new build bungalows, while imagining how you will spend your free time and making lots of plans. However, it may be a good idea to ease into your retirement more slowly. By reducing the number of days you work over a few years, you can get used to having some extra free time, while still enjoying the sense of purpose (and the financial benefits) of being at work!  


3. Develop a routine


Having a regular routine can be a great way to plan your days and it can help you to feel a sense of purpose. No-longer having to get up at a certain time for work can sometimes make the mornings feel a little unstructured but if you have an exercise class to attend, friends to meet, or a voluntary role to show up for, it can make the days feel busier, more enjoyable and more fulfilling.


4. Keep physically active


Incorporating regular exercise into your routine is so important, no matter what age you are. As you move into retirement, it can be a great opportunity to try something new – take up a new hobby or make new friends by joining a local club.


Read more about the benefits of exercise for seniors in our article here.


At Burnham Waters, our luxury retirement community in Burnham on Crouch, our residents will be able to take advantage of a whole host of lifestyle and leisure facilities to include a gym, spa and fitness suite, a tennis court and a swimming pool – as well as organised classes.


Explore the range of leisure facilities available at Burnham Waters here.


5. Keep your mind active


As well as keeping physically active, it is important to keep your mind active too. Whether that’s learning a new skill, such as learning to play a new instrument, or taking up a new hobby, there are lots of ways to keep your brain active and engaged.  


Have you been thinking about taking up a new hobby in retirement? Take a look at our suggestions for some of the most popular hobbies for the over 55s here.


6. Eat well


Eating a carefully balanced diet is good for your physical and your mental health and your all round wellbeing. If you find yourself with a little more time in retirement, it can be a great opportunity to spend more time planning your meals and to explore new recipes.


The British Heart Foundation has a great recipe finder if you are looking for some inspiration!  


7. Go for a health check


Do you know about the NHS Health Check programme? It aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.


Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of the above conditions (or have certain risk factors), is invited once every five years to have a check-up to assess their risk of these age-related illnesses. You will also be given support and advice to help you reduce or manage that risk.


If you’re in this category but haven’t had a check in the last five years, you can request a Health Check via your GP.


Find out more about NHS Health Checks here.  


8. Volunteer within your community


If you have moved into one of our new build bungalows and you are looking to fill some time, there are lots of groups and charities looking for volunteers. From local charity shops and youth organisations, to pet rescue centres and libraries, there’s an abundance of opportunities out there.  Not only is it an opportunity for you to give back, but it can be a great way to make new friends or to share a hobby or a passion with others.


Whether you are happy to give up a few hours a week, or perhaps a few days, there’s a host of information out there.  


Both Essex County Council and Volunteer Essex have lots of information about local volunteering opportunities.


9. Get a new pet


Research has shown that having a pet can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing – from encouraging us to take exercise to giving us a sense of purpose, there are many advantages to owning a pet in retirement.

At Burnham Waters, our luxury retirement community in Essex, we welcome residents with their four-legged friends. In fact, we’ve even compiled a list of the five best dog walks in Burnham on Crouch.  


If you have been considering getting a new pet in your retirement, read more about the benefits of owning a pet in retirement here.


10. Join a new retirement community  


Luxury retirement communities, which may offer new build bungalows, like ours can not only provide the opportunity to secure a new build retirement bungalow, but an opportunity to become part of a new village community with access to a host of local amenities and facilities, all on your doorstep.


If you are looking for new build bungalows and you are hoping to find not only a new home but a thriving new community, then look no further than Burnham Waters in Essex.


As well as new build bungalows, Burnham Waters will deliver onsite shops and local amenities and a host of lifestyle and leisure facilities to include a gym, spa and fitness suite, a tennis court and swimming pool.


Find out more about the new build bungalows at Burnham Waters here.


Find out more about the lifestyle facilities at Burnham Waters here.


Find out more about the amenities on offer at Burnham Waters here.


About our new build bungalows at Burnham Waters


If you are looking for a new build bungalows in Essex for your future home, we’d love you to get in touch! At Burnham Waters, our spacious new build retirement bungalows in Burnham on Crouch, are nestled in the Essex countryside and offer a wide range of amenities and social opportunities to enjoy.  


For more information, simply send us an email at, or contact our sales team on 01621 861559 and book an appointment to visit our sales and marketing suite and our show home.


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