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From discovering the delights of dancing to Northern Soul, to having fun on a swan-shaped pedalo, Adam Jones picks 20 Essex experiences which should be on your summer bucket (and spade) list

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Exploring Southend

Monday, June 12, 2017

Southend on Sea, most people would think, is all about the beach, but there is much more to Southend than meets the eye, including many cultural activities of which the town is rightfully proud. Petra Hornsby investigates

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Exploring the beaches of Essex

Monday, June 5, 2017

Whether it’s sandy solitude, the perfect wave or space to let the kids run wild, Essex has plenty of great beaches, many of them complete with Blue Flags. Adam Jones takes us on a guided tour of the county’s unique coast

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Mersea Island, sitting on the Blackwater and Colne Estuaries and nine miles southeast of Colchester, is a unique destination with great charm and character. Petra Hornsby discovers why island life is so popular

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Essex is home to some of the most stunning vistas in the UK. From the estuary of River Thames to the North Sea coastline, the county’s scenery is a diverse patchwork of stunning sea views, ancient architecture and vibrant gardens. We pick 9 of our favourites

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Have you picked your festival line-up for this summer? There’s a great selection taking place right here in Essex that have something to suit every taste. We pick eight great festivals for you to enjoy this summer

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10 things to discover in Harwich

Monday, May 22, 2017

With spectacular sea views and a welcoming atmosphere, Harwich has got much to offer visitors this summer

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How well do you know Colchester?

Monday, May 15, 2017

All too often, our visits around our county only scratch the surface of what there is to be discovered. Essex Life editor Julian Read resolved to dig a little deeper in Colchester

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For most people bluebells are the first sign that spring has arrived and nothing beats a stroll through ancient woods or country parks surrounded by a sea of blue, so here are some of our favourite places to find bluebells in bloom

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If you’re looking for a spontaneous weekend getaway with that special someone, Essex is the perfect place for a romantic break. Here are 10 of our favourite places

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Epping’s Helping Hands

Monday, May 8, 2017

Being at the end of the London Underground’s Central Line, Epping has long been popular with those looking to travel out if commuting, or travel in if visiting the capital. But Epping is much more than just a travel hub and a keen group of locals are on hand to make sure Epping’s charms are kept in top condition

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Few things beat messing about by the river on a bright, spring day and this delightful walk follows the River Chelmer through the parish of Little Baddow

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The Legacy of Coggeshall

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cogeshall is home to a number of significant buildings including Paycockes House, The Abbey and the Clock House. And, while Marks Hall Mansion no longer stands, it still leaves a lasting legacy within Coggeshall’s landscape

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Why not enjoy a delightful spring time stroll around some beautiful countryside surrounding Little Walden, tucked away in the northwest corner of the county?

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Exploring the beauty of Dedham

Monday, April 10, 2017

Essex has many charming towns and villages, not to mention some extremely picturesque landscapes, but Dedham has to be one of the brightest jewels in its crown.

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From woodlands and nature reserves to Dedham Vale, we pick 9 perfect places for countryside walks plus some of the best cosy pubs along the way

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Whether you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe, or on the hunt for unique new furniture and other fine things, Saffron Walden has so much to offer

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Brentwood through time

Monday, March 27, 2017

Kate Cole is the author of Brentwood and Around Through Time. Here she shares some of her own unique insights into the history of this fascinating Essex town

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10 Easter days out in Essex

Monday, March 27, 2017

Looking to get away for an Easter break? Adam Jones explains why you don’t have to go very far at all for a great day out – and you can even beat the airport queues

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Ad Feature: Hintlesham Hall unveils grand plans for 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

The new year is the turning of a new page, and a great opportunity for change. It gives people the chance to revisit the way they look at life, or begin new projects. And the owners of Hintlesham Hall, the hotel and spa nestled in the heart of Suffolk, are doing exactly that.

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