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  • 6 of the best waterside walks in Essex

    Can’t book a waterside pub for love nor money? Muddy to the rescue with six of our county’s most scenic waterside walks – just grab a picnic, a blanket and head on out!

  • Man the forts! The best castles within 90 minutes

    Ready for a right royal day out? Let's admire some moats! We've rounded up 6 of the coolest castles in Essex and beyond that are open for business. Tiara at the ready, let's go!

  • 23 best things to do within 2 hours of home

    Are you ready to (gasp) leave your local area? From safari parks and city skylines to a hotspot for water sports, here are the 23 best outdoors things to do within 2 hours of Essex.

  • Snowdrops

    Snowdrops everywhere! 8 local lockdown walks

    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...

  • Essex holiday

    8 amazing coastal walks across the county

    Wondering where you can fill your lungs up with fresh sea air and stretch your legs along the prom? Consider this your definitive guide to the best coastal walks across Essex right now

  • The Pier Harwich

    Autumn 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

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