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  • 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

    'Tis officially the season to picnic, but if you're worried about crowds or just fancy a change of scene, fear not: you and your hamper are sorted. Here's seven off-the-radar hangouts for the ultimate field day

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Fun Finder

Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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Best Places to Live 2020

The insider’s guide to the Top 200 places to live outside London

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