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Sybilla Hart goes behind the scenes of some of the county’s most distinguished buildings to discover the secret histories they hold

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The first visuals for Qualis Commercial’s exciting plans for Epping Town Centre have been revealed

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Ernie, the county’s most famous Westie, takes an exciting tour to explore the historic roots of this famous ‘New Town’

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With lockdowns and Tiers wreaking havoc across Essex and the UK as a whole, can we still save our high streets by shopping local this Christmas?

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Lockdown has been lifted and Essex is in Tier 2 - hurrah! Check out our pick of the best things to do in Essex in December

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Join Ernie, the county’s most famous Westie, as he steps back in time on a trip to this medieval market town

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Can you distinguish your Colchesters from your Canterburys and your Margates from your Merseas? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Essex and Kent!

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From Mersea to Maldon and Colchester to Thaxted, we’ve put together this collection of virtual tours that provide you access to Essex’s prettiest places from the convenience of your screen

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Many Essex locations are partnered with towns across the globe. Stephen Roberts explores some of these connections and some of the surprising origins to these unique friendships

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Colchester Zoo has been named a 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner for Attractions, ranking it among the best in the world

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Whether you want to carve a Halloween jack o’lantern or you’re really into pumpkin soup, here’s where to PYO pumpkins in Essex

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As many upcoming events are cancelled due to Covid-19, Poplar Nurseries is planning a socially distanced Santa visit to bring festive cheer to Colchester this Christmas

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Artist James Merriott showcases the beauty of the Essex coastline in his latest collection of watercolours of the county - and you could win one!

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It may be late summer, but there is still the chance to visit some of our county’s most stunning gardens while they are at their best. Debbie Thomson showcases a selection of the county’s favourites

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The Romans knew a good thing when they saw it, and they say Mersea Island as a very good thing. Perhaps that’s why there is so much to celebrate even today on this special island | Words: Petra Hornsby - Photos: Chrissie Westgate and VisitEssex

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Travel is tricky right now, so keep things close to home with a mini-break at one of these great venues in beautiful Essex

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Two years ago, Robert Hatton set himself the challenge of creating an Essex Photo Sketchbook to showcase some of his favourite parts of the county. Here he shares his results with readers of Essex Life

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James Merriott talks us through his watercolour tour of Essex with a visit to Dedham and the chance to follow in the footsteps of John Constable

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Emily McParland of the Essex Wildlife Trust explains how you can play a part the trust’s vision for a wilder Essex

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Southend on Sea is one of our county’s most famous destinations, known far and wide for its golden sandy beaches and glitzy amusements, but there is more to Southend’s story than the seaside | Words: Nicky Adams

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