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  • And the Best Place to Live in Essex is…

    2 Mar 2021

    A historic market town with pretty streets, independent boutiques, cosy pubs and an easy commute to London got the most votes from our readers.

  • Sunday lunch, sorted: the best takeaway menus to munch on

    25 Feb 2021

    From Yorkshire puds to Michelin-star plates, we’ve rounded up the county’s tastiest spots to order a weekend nosh up from. (You’ll still need to do the washing up, though – sorry!)

  • 6 fun things to do in the garden with kids

    24 Feb 2021

    Make a mini golf course, plant a jam jar garden and measure a tree with your bum! Cabin fever begone with these cool gardening ideas kids will dig.

  • Snowdrops

    Snowdrops everywhere! 8 local lockdown walks

    23 Feb 2021

    They’re coming out! The loveliest places (that we’re allowed to visit in lockdown) to (hopefully) catch winter snowdrops across Essex over the next few weeks…

  • Novels set in Essex: titles to add to your reading list

    22 Feb 2021

    Spring is in the air, but the evening chill still demands a good book. So, where better to start than the titles set right here in the county? Here’s some of the best to add to basket.

  • The Essex Serpent

    Superflashy newsflash!

    21 Feb 2021

    Claire Danes hits the county, Frinton-on-Sea bags best beach and Banksy comes to Brentwood: here’s all the hot Essex goss you can handle right now

  • running routes Essex

    5 of the best running routes in Essex

    18 Feb 2021

    Whether you’re a couch-to-5Ker who’s missing the fun of an organised Parkrun or a seasoned long-distance pro coveting a new patch to pound, we’ve got you covered with our edit of off-the-grid jogs.

  • Felsted School, Felsted

    15 Feb 2021

    Green space, expansive facilities and a progressive global curriculum to make you swoon at this top co-ed boarding and day school for ages 4-18 in the pretty Essex countryside.

  • New Hall School, Chelmsford

    9 Feb 2021

    Enjoy the best of both worlds at this impressive Essex school with a hugely successful Diamond Model of education, and equal emphasis on academics, sports, pastoral care and performing arts.

  • Win a whole year’s supply of The Only Way is Gin!

    8 Feb 2021

    Win a year’s supply of gin (you read it right) from Essex’s The Only Way is Gin – just by telling us your favourite place to live in the county. Click the VOTE + WIN GIN button at the top of the page to enter. Bottoms up!

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