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  • The Pier Harwich

    Eight of the best autumn pub walks in Essex

    Love the great outdoors? Us too – especially if there’s a gorgeous countryside inn serving up a crisp Pinot/pale ale conveniently placed along the way. Step forward our pick of the prettiest regional routes that won’t leave you out in the cold

  • Saatchi Gallery

    Here’s what’s happening in October

    Hello October, old friend. On the roster this month we have cultural debates, big-screen blockbusters, spook-tacular Halloween hits and a string of uplifting exhibitions. Ready? Let’s go!

  • Castle days out Essex

    Explore the king of the castles in Essex and beyond

    For a family day out full of history and heritage, hit one of the many castles and crumbling keeps that punctuate the rolling hills of the Eastern counties. Just be sure to bring your head of heights, too...

  • cycling Essex

    Why ours is a county of cyclists

    With its quiet stretches of countryside and labyrinth of forgotten-village lanes, Essex is a region best explored on two wheels. Here, we hit Harlow for a leisurely spin – and select three more scenic cycle routes for intrepid trailblazers

  • A Star Is Born

    What’s on in Essex and beyond this August

    Summer is saved! There’s a whole month of outdoor festivities ahead of us, from fun on the farm and drive-in-cinema date nights, to pop-up exhibitions and family theatre – we've got the inside track on what's hot and happening right now

  • Car Park Party

    Hip and happening: all the news near you!

    Read on for the movers-and-shakers' guide to this week’s hottest news, openings and upcoming events (spoilers, incoming)

  • Hidden coves: the local beachy boltholes

    So you’ve checked out Frinton’s candy-striped beach huts and ripped through Southend seafront with a toddler (and toffee apple) in tow. Now where? Here’s our inside-track on the county’s more secluded shores

  • Audley End House

    The hottest haunts to hit post-lockdown

    As some of the county’s coolest stores, cultural must-sees and family-friendly parks tentatively start to reopen their doors and gates to the public again, we’ve got the lowdown on where to head for your social(ly distanced) fix right now

  • Discover Essex’s most scenic waterside walks

    If the idea of a park picnic leaves you cold and another trip to the beach bores you, it's time to explore the patchwork of picturesque waterways Essex is renowned for. From languid strolls along tumbling streams to full-on river safaris, here's some of the region's most immersing routes

  • Essex scenic picnic spots you need to know now

    Squeeze the last out of the late summer sun with our seven off-the-radar hotspots for the ultimate field day

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