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  • Into London: the capital reopens

    With the tourist count at an all-time low, now is the time to swerve the endless queues and enjoy London's cultural bounty.

  • Braxted Park Supper Club

    Hip and happening: what’s new near you this week

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • What’s in: 10 new things to watch this week

    Lazy day in front of the telly? Yes please! Here are the hottest new films and TV shows for you to sink your teeth into. Just add popcorn.

  • 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

  • Staying in? The best of what’s on

    Virtual beauty masterclasses, hot new Netflix releases, high brow theatre (and low brow Love Island) - it's all going on online this week. Stream if you wanna go faster!

  • The staying in boredom buster

    It's a bit nippy for the sunlounger this week so head for the sofa instead - and get stuck into this week's best new at-home culture picks.

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