Kim Wymer selects her five favourite things about Essex

PUBLISHED: 20:21 22 July 2014 | UPDATED: 20:21 22 July 2014

Kim Wymer

Kim Wymer

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Kim Wymer

Kim Wymer is the founder of Positive Thinking Feeling Good and turned her own life around after reading a self-help book. Her family had left the UK, she was going through a divorce, her career wasn’t working out and she had suffered with confidence issues all of her life. Kim then discovered the Sue Stone Foundation and was drawn to Sue as she looked like her own mum and sister. Kim is now a qualified Positive Empowerment Coach and runs positive thinking informative talks in Romford and the surrounding areas. Find out more at

My favourite day out in Essex

Horse Hacking at Barn Stables in Colchester

I recently made a pact with myself to do more of what makes me feel happy. As a child, like most little girls, I was in love with ponies and horses. I would draw them and paint them and my dad said he would buy me a horse, but sadly he never did.

I have been taking riding lessons this year, and last month I decided to take myself on a hacking holiday for a few days and I had a fantastic time at Barn Stables riding centre in Colchester. They cater for all ages, the horses are very friendly and placid, and they offer all kinds of events including picnics and family rides. It’s a lovely day out.

My Favourite place to visit…

Jaywick Beach

My Favourite place to visit is the tranquil Jaywick Beach, just up the road from the busy seaside town of Clacton on Sea. I love it there because it’s more secluded, out of the way and the sand is soft and clean. Visiting there on a sunny day to give time to yourself when the children are at school can be heaven.

Many times I have taken a day off in the summer and poodled along the A12 and found the beach surprisingly empty, just a few scattered people around and looked out into the ocean and achieved a sense of calm.

My favourite Essex memory

Adventure Island in Southend.

When my children were small we would visit Southend a couple of times a year. The children would absolutely love the atmosphere and the buzz. My daughter had no fear and would be eager to get on all the rides. We would all look forward to the tasty fish and chips and the dinky donuts, have a lovely walk along the seafront and then take a ride on the train at Southend Pier. Very enjoyable times.

My proudest Essex thing

Our nature reserves and wildlife.

There are 87 nature reserves in Essex and nine visitor centres. I am a massive wildlife fan and nature lover. I was surprised to come across a gigantic stag beatle just outside my own home. At first I thought it was a childs wind up toy by the way it moved across the floor like clock work, he was amazing!

I was fascinated and he must have been as big as a man’s thumb. They are a very rare and endangered species and take about five years to grow to this size from a larvae. I put him back in the bushes for safety.

My Favourite Essex pub

The Layer Fox in Layer de la Haye near Colchester.

It’s really cosy and all the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. It’s a family-owned pub in a beautiful, relaxing setting and the home-cooked food is gorgeous. They are proud of their own award-winning ales and variety of wines, and they also serve teas and coffees. It’s a lovely pub to visit on a warm day with the family and such a lovely atmosphere. I would recommend if you visit Colchester then this pub is a must.

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