Five Essex Things: Ruth Bradshaw
PUBLISHED: 10:33 16 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:33 16 January 2017
Colchester entrepreneur Ruth Bradshaw shares her five favourite things about life in our county
Ruth Bradshaw is the chief geek and founder of Colchester-based business Marketing Simply Ltd. She lives in Great Horkesley with her husband and four cats.
Time for tea
Jacqueline’s Tearoom is the perfect spot for a relaxed mini getaway, located on Short Wyre Street in Colchester. I love coming here as it reminds me of being in granny’s parlour. The service is fabulous, the range of teas is outstanding and there is even a great choice of gluten-free cakes, sandwiches and alcoholic beverages. We have used the space upstairs for our team meetings too.
A place to escape to
Rockinghams Farm in Layer Marney is an absolute gem, with acres of beautiful woodland for lovely long country walks, plus super cosy little pods available to hire to stay overnight in with the comfiest bed and BBQ or fire pit. The glamping site is bijoux, modern, clean, private and on a working farm and livery, so there is a real sense of getting away from it all. And you can add to this that the star gazing is exceptional as there is no light pollution.
Discovering hidden beaches
I almost feel like I’m giving away age old family secrets here, but I have three lovely beaches to spend time on. Walton on the Naze from the coastguard station all the way up the Naze, is fabulous for looking for shark’s teeth. Burnt House Beach at the end of Woodberry Way in the same town is a great spot for swimming in the summer and then there is Point Clear Beach just past St Osyth which is nearly always empty and has a little sheltered bay which is perfect for a sunset dip or a winter walk.
Going horse riding
Essex is filled with beautiful countryside and while a lot of the riding I do does have to be on the road, to get to open spaces (sadly horse riders are not allowed to just ride on any field and believe me we would always ride off road if we could so please do be considerate when passing us by - slow and wide) it is a pleasure to spend lots of my leisure time with this beautiful horse. There are lots of options around working and playing with horses and I part-share Jessie with her super-fun owner Rachel. It is an absolute tonic to life being outside and looking after these gentle giants.
Doing business in Essex
Essex is packed with outstanding businesses and I am privileged to know a lot of heart-centered business owners who pride themselves on strong ethics. Among them is the wonderful Nicola Farmer, based in Steepleview, who runs ICU Academy, teaching children to use their intuition. Then there are the Scotts who run SKN-RG Performance Skincare, based in Salcott, creating truly outstanding organic skin wear. Both businesses do this without compromising on quality or values and really are making their mark on the world in such a positive way.