Have you heard the hot gossip?
From Jude Law taking up temporary residence on Essex’s own private island (ladies, this is not a drill) to a fancy foodie outpost, here’s all the news you need to know now
Jude Law goes Native (sort of…)
It’s all going on at Osea Island this autumn. Fans of Sky Atlantic’s new psychological thriller The Third Day might have already spotted Jude Law and Naomie Harris popping up on the county’s very own exclusive island, but for those of you who haven’t tuned in yet, get ready to glimpse the raw beauty of Maldon’s A-list hangout, Osea – which is where the majority of this sensational series was filmed. Sadly the cameras (and crew) have wrapped now – so no casual kayaking past the island to sneak a peek, ladies – but if you want to walk the wild beach line for yourself (on infinitely less scary terms), book an immersive dining experience at Native – the island’s trendy new foodie outpost fresh from London Bridge. Specialising in seasonal ingredients foraged from and around the island that same day, this innovative space opens its doors on 22 October – and we can’t wait to hit the menu.
Land Marks launch party
Headed up by artists Jo Rizzato, Maureen Hume, Sarah Milne and Julie Cuthbert, this Open Art Space exhibition at The Sentinel Gallery in Wivenhoe is launching on Friday 9 October from 5pm – and you’re all invited! Exploring the power of the natural world and its ability to shape our sense of self, each sculptural piece is a celebration of East Anglia’s truly wild landscapes and delivers exactly the right dose of escapism needed right now. See you there!
The drive-in wedding that’s trending
COVID-19 has scuppered countless Big Days across the country since March, but one savvy Essex couple outsmarted the virus this week by holding their huge Hindu wedding outdoors – and inviting the 200-strong guest list to attend a drive-in cinema-style ceremony. Held at Braxted Park in Witham, this COVID-compliant celebration saw Roma Popat and Vinal Patel tie the knot across the estate’s 500 acres, while their loved ones looked on from the safety of their own cars. A bevy of big screens meant no one missed a thing, while a live video link allowed another 300 guests to tune in from around the world. Afterwards, the happy couple took a tour of the ground in a golf buggy so they could chat to gusts. Is this the future of weddings? By the flurry of enquiries Braxted Park has since reported receiving from brides and grooms to be who want to replicate Roma and Vinal’s special day, we reckon you might just be buying another hat (and matching seat cushion) this year!
Forward plan for fireworks fun
Fancy celebrating Bonfire Night this year but not sure where to go? Get your skates on and book tickets to one of the three displays that have been confirmed at Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers this week. As one of the only venues in Essex to have released tickets, the events on 5, 6 and 7 November are sure to be sellouts this year so don’t delay if you’re a sucker for a sparkler (aren’t we all?). Entry costs from £2.99 for under twos or £11.99 for adults, and includes afternoon funfair rides, entertainment for little ones and a cracker of a fireworks display from 6pm. Be warned, though: there’s no on-the-door admissions to ensure social distancing, so pre-book or prepare to be disappointed.
Black History Month events
October is officially Black History Month and staff at the University of Essex in Colchester are launching an exciting programme of events, talks and webinars to mark the occasion and get people across the county involved. A special report on the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement is planned, plus a discussion on the importance of Black literature, but with dates TBC, stay tuned for the full line-up here.