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Hedingham Castle

August 19, 2013
Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle is a Norman Keep, built in 1140.  It was frequently visited by kings and queens, including Henry VII, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Interesting Fact: The castle hosts…

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The Wick Country Park in Wickford

May 15, 2013

The Wick Country Park takes its name for nearby Wickford, which was a Saxon village – Wick in Saxon means a winding river, and Ford means river crossing – so…

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Essex Weather Forecast

March 27, 2013
Essex weather photo

Weather forecasts from the Met Office for Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Southend, Basildon and Harlow.

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Living In Essex

March 13, 2013
Living In Essex

If you are considering moving to Essex then the only way to learn about Essex is from Essex Portal! Here we provide some valuable information on the country’s favourite county. Why Is Essex Such…

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Independent Primary Schools In Essex

March 6, 2013

Also see Best State Schools (Secondary) in Essex Essex has many wealthy residents and partly as a result it also have many excellent independent primary schools. While state schools do now provide…

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School Absence Penalty Fee Scam Warning

February 11, 2013

There is a new scam circulating at the moment and we have receive reports that it is hitting Essex already. The Counter Fraud Team at Essex County Council were made aware of…

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Hatfield Forest – Essex’s Ancient Woodland

January 24, 2013
Hatfield Forest – Essex’s Ancient Woodland

Hatfield Forest is the last remaining example of a Royal Hunting Forest in England. Straddling the Essex and Hertfordshire borders, Hatfield Forest dates from the time of the Norman Kings…

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Research Your Family Tree and Find Your Essex Roots

December 18, 2012
Research Your Family Tree and Find Your Essex Roots

Creating family trees and researching a family history has been a hobby for many people for years. The recent popularity of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One)…

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Stately Homes of Essex

December 9, 2012
Stately Homes of Essex

Essex has many wonderful stately homes that are open to the public. Essex’s close proximity to London has meant that wealthy businessmen for centuries have invested their money in homes…

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Norsey Wood, Billericay

November 12, 2012
Norsey Wood, Billericay

This week Team EP decided to visit Norsey Wood, which is just outside Billericay. Norsey Wood is managed by Basildon Council and is a designated Local Nature Reserve, a Site…

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The Great Baddow BMX track

November 12, 2012
The Great Baddow BMX track

The local community in Great Baddow got together to build a BMX track in a Great Baddow park. The Baddow Hall Park was popular for dog walkers and although has…

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Composer Lost 5 Years of Work After Laptop Was Stolen

November 1, 2012
Composer Lost 5 Years of Work After Laptop Was Stolen

While this is a tragic case, it should act as a reminder to everyone to backup data stored on a computer. Although in this case the musician had his laptop…

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Pizza Express Restaurants in Essex

October 18, 2012
Pizza Express Restaurants in Essex

There are many Pizza Express restaurants across Essex where you can find great pizzas as well as other Italian dishes. One of the best things about Pizza Express is that…

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Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

October 16, 2012
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Currently the biggest and deepest cold war bunker open to the public in south-east England. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel and the Prime Minister, their collective…

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Essex Museums

September 4, 2012
Essex Museums

Essex has many interesting museums spread across the county. While there are none that quite match the grandeur and size of the bug London museums, many provide an excellent alternative.…

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School Term Dates and Holidays in Essex

August 30, 2012

Most schools in Essex will follow these dates, although it is always wise to double check with your school. The start of Easter can vary, and some teacher training days…

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Sports and Athletics in Essex

August 18, 2012
Sports and Athletics in Essex

Essex has many sports and athletics clubs. You can play cricket on a village green, go windsufing, learn martial arts, join a cycling club, play football, rugby, hockey, take up…

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Farmers Markets in Essex

August 11, 2012
Farmers Markets in Essex

Farmers Markets are becoming a more popular way for people to purchase locally grown and in season fruits and vegetables, as well as some more exotic items. There are many…

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Essex Holiday Parks

August 7, 2012
Essex Holiday Parks

Essex has many excellent holiday parks, caravan parks and camp sites. Many provide indoor and outdoor swimming pools, are close to a beach, have cafes and restaurants plus a wide…

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5 Places To Consider If You Are Moving To Essex

June 25, 2012

While Essex might have gained a bit of a negative reputation due to television shows like The Only Way is Essex, these representations only show one part of a large…

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South East Essex Organic Gardeners

May 15, 2012

The South East Essex Organic Gardeners was formed in 1994. They believe in natural, organic gardening. They are affiliated to both Garden Organic and the Soil Association. They host public meetings…

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Essex Castles and Forts

April 23, 2012
Essex Castles and Forts

Essex once had at least 26 castles and forts, however, a majority are now just earthworks, such as Mount Bures and Rayleigh Mount. There are still a few great castles…

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Zinc – Arts Without Exception!

April 11, 2012
Zinc – Arts Without Exception!

Zinc Arts Centre is a centre of excellence in the development and provision of high quality and engaging art for everyone. We have 9 rooms for hire and a residential…

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Roof and Loft Insulation Scams in Essex?

April 8, 2012

In the last few months we have heard from people who have received telephone calls offering free roof insulation. We are trying to determine if these are complete scams, maybe…

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Essex Fishing Lakes and Rivers

March 15, 2012
Essex Fishing Lakes and Rivers

Essex has some great fishing spots. While big lake fishing opportunities are relatively few and far between, there are many excellent smaller lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs where you can…

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