Category: Information

Fireworks Safety – The Firework code

Firework safety advice

Now is a good time to review the fireworks safety rules to ensure that this weekend goes off with a good bang. Essex Police provide a comprehensive list of safety rules. Here are the key facts. Please note that the laws regarding the selling of fireworks apply to online purchases too.

Best Carp Fishing In Essex

Carp fishing in Essex

Carp angling is one of the most popular forms of coarse or freshwater fishing and it’s easy to see why, but where are some of the best spots to fish in Essex? Here’s out countywide carp fishing guide.

Stately Homes of Essex

A selection of stately homes in Essex from the Jacobean splendour of Audley End to the renovation in progress of Copped Hall, viewable from the M25.

Independent Primary Schools 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 an excellent level of education, private schools do have the resources to provide an even higher level of education.

Best Schools in Essex

Essex has some of the best schools in England. Colchester Royal Grammar School, the King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Colchester County High School for Girls and the Colchester Royal Grammar all often feature high in the annual secondary school league tables. At secondary GCSE levels they all consistently get a 99-100% record for 5 GCSE A grades (inc. English and Maths). There are many other great schools in Essex.

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 the largest single piece of medieval wooden arch in Europe! Address / Contact Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, CO9 3DJ Tel: 01787 461174 Web:…

The Wick Country Park in Wickford

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 Wick-Ford means a crossing over a winding river. Wickford was a tradition Essex farming village until the 1880s then the arrival of the first trains…

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 A Good Place To Live? Essex is a prosperous county in the South East of England. It has excellent communications links with fast commuter services…

School Absence Penalty Fee Scam Warning

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 the problem on Thursday 7th February after a parent of a child at an Essex school received a telephone call claiming to be from the Education Welfare Service. The con-artist…

Hatfield Forest – Essex’s Ancient Woodland

Old Hornbeam in Hatfield Forest

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 almost 950 years ago, and some of the original ancient trees date back even further.

Research Your Family Tree and Find Your Essex Roots

a family tree

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) in which celebrities uncover their ancestral past has inspired many people to research their own family history.

Norsey Wood, Billericay

one of the many benches in Norsey Wood

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 of Special Scientific Interest and has some interesting earthworks included World War trenches and an ancient burial mound.

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 a children’s play area was generally very quiet. The addition of the new BMX track really has brought fresh life to the park.

Pizza Express Restaurants in Essex

Pizza Express in Romford

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 you do not need to book. Great for an impromptu meal while in town. Food and service is always good and the thin pizzas are much healthier (less calories) than those thick crust ones!

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 task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.

Essex Museums

Chelmsford Museum

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. The opening times and prices are subject to change so please contact the museum before leaving home.

School Term Dates and Holidays in Essex

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 may be on the first day due back. Summer Term 2013 Term Starts: Monday 15th April 2013 Half Term: Monday 27th May 2013 To Friday 31st May…