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  • 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.

  • What’s on locally this Easter? We know!

    Slowly, slowly things are opening up. Here’s where to take the family locally over the holidays for a very welcome change of scene.

  • 6 fun things to do in the garden with kids

    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.

  • How to elevate everyone’s October half-term

    Yep, half-term has crept up on us, too. But rather than climb the four walls (again), here's your ultimate guide to beating boredom and surviving the school holidays this month

  • Kitesurfing

    Where to get your water sports fix this summer

    Nothing beats that first sun-kissed wash of water hitting your toes, but the Big Blue is more than just a holiday fling. From windsurfing and wakeboarding to SUP yoga and wild swimming, these Essex waterways are making a splash in the world of fitness, too

  • 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

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