Great Dunmow’s High Street and Market Place are home to an assortment of mostly independent shops and businesses which include tea rooms, coffee shops, restaurants (including British, Indian, Chinese and Thai), various takeaway outlets, public houses, bars, fashion, beauty, chemists and many more, plus banks, building societies, solicitors, estate agents etc. There are additional public houses / restaurants a little further from the High Street. There is a supermarket in the town centre and a larger superstore on the outskirts of the town.

Great Dunmow benefits from a large recreation ground which has football pitches, skate park, children’s play area with equipment, as well as open spaces, cricket ground and the River Chelmer running through it. There are several smaller parks and play areas dotted around the town including Talberds Ley which is home to tennis courts, and near to the charming  Doctor's Pond. There are many interesting and picturesque walks varying in length in and around the town, including the Flitch Way, formerly a railway line, running 15 miles long from Start Hill at Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree, forming part of the National Cycle Network and providing a safe environment to walk or cycle, whilst enjoying scenery and wildlife.

As well as the famous Flitch Trials that take place every leap year, there is also an annual carnival in September,, firework display in the recreation ground in November, Christmas market and Christmas light switch-on events in December, as well as a variety of fetes and events held by schools and other organisations throughout the year. 2018 sees the first Great Dunmow Soap Box Race in May organised by The historic Forgotten Gardens Of Easton Lodge hold annual Snowdrop Sundays, as well as opening the partially restored Gardens several Sundays during the year The Foakes Hall in Stortford Road regularly plays host to events ranging from shows and pantomimes to craft fairs etc.

There are two primary schools in the town: Great Dunmow Primary School and Dunmow St. Mary’s Primary and a secondary school and sixth form centre: The Helena Romanes School There is also a leisure centre, which is situated at Helena Romanes school.

There are several places of worship within the town: St. Mary’s Church in Church End

Our Lady & St Anne Line Catholic Church in Mill Lane

United Reformed Church in New Street

Dunmow Baptist Church in Angel Lane

Quaker Meeting House in New Street

There are many sports groups and associations in and around the town, one of which is the Dunmow Crests Netball Club, which Malcolm Danford & Co is proud to sponsor and which was set up in April 2012, has gone from strength to strength, and boasts several teams