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Sports and Athletics in Essex

Sailing 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 boxing or enjoy tennis and golf.

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 farmers markets across Essex, and we hope to list all here.

Essex Holiday Parks

Essex holiday park by the beach

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 range of sporting facilities. Here we list a selection of the best holiday parks in Essex. All have a good reputation and provide a range…

5 Places To Consider If You Are Moving To Essex

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 county. Essex is actually one of the most diverse counties to live in within the UK, and offers both convenience to London, and a great…

South East Essex Organic Gardeners

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 and talks to help spread the word about their movement. 7 meetings are held each year in January, March, May,  July, September, November and December…

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 that you can visit though. Essex has several impressive castles that are open to the public all year round.

Zinc – Arts Without Exception!

Zinc Arts Centre

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 block with 25 rooms for over night accommodation. In addition Zinc has a diverse programme of courses and classes, arts based activities, performances, exhibitions and events…

Roof and Loft Insulation Scams in Essex?

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 a partial con or completely legitimate.

Remember, it costs a lot of money to phone up every household in Essex so any company doing this is hoping to make a good return on that investment.

We shall do some research on this matter and then update this story.

Essex Fishing Lakes and Rivers

Fishing in Chelmsford

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 fish.

The River Chelmer and River Cam are good spots for course fishing and Hanningfield Reservoir is a fantastic location for boat fishing. If you wish to try your hand at fly fishing then get in touch with Hanningfield Fly Fishing.

In Search of the Best Sunday Roast in Essex

Best Choice - Essex Portal

There is something special about a having a traditional Sunday roast in a pub, and as more pubs improve their kitchens and menus there are many more options around Essex now available. Here we provide some of our favourites, we encourage you to write in with your own suggestions and reviews.

St Peter’s on the Wall Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea

Church of St Peter-on-the-Wall

The Church of St Peter-on-the-Wall, also called the Chapel of St. Peter-on-the-Wall, is one of the oldest Saxon churches in the British Isles. It dates from the 7th century. It is a Grade I listed building. The chapel is thought to be Ythanceaster which is mentioned in the Venerable Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica, which was built between 654 and 662 AD. The church…

Best Golf Courses and Golf Clubs in Essex

Essex is a haven for golfers, with many golf courses spread across the county. Essex is almost perfect for golf, with a relatively warm and dry climate, good quality soils for excellent fairways and greens.

It is also very accessible from London by train and car. This makes Essex a great place for a golf weekend for London City dwellers.

Best Cinemas in Essex

The Odeon Cinema in Chelmsford

There was a time when the only cinema in Essex worth visiting was the Odeon at Lakeside. For a while in the 1980’s my home town, Chelmsford, did not have a cinema at all after the Select on Anchor Street closed down (and that was a flea pit of a cinema if there ever was one).

Essex Jobs and Careers Websites

If you are looking for a new job or career in Essex then look no further. There are many excellent websites which list jobs, however it is hard to keep track of them all. That is why we are providing a list of the best sites for job hunting in Essex.

New Hope for Great Leighs Racecourse

Essex’s only race course at Great Leighs has finally found new investors who are willing and capable of driving the venue forwards. The new owner is MC Racetracks Limited. They have announced plans to build a new hospitality complex and a state of the art grandstand for Great Leighs.

Health And Fitness In Essex

If you live in Essex and want to learn how to get fit and lose weight then you are in luck, as Essex has many options available to you. Here we share some of Essex’s best gyms, classes and other sports and fitness related companies and activities. We are always looking for new great places to add.

Bands and Entertainers in Essex

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Was Shakespeare Really an Essex Boy? Read the Evidence

William Shakespeare portrait

It seems that Shakespeare, the most famous playwright and poet the world has ever seen, may not have been from Stratford-Upon-Avon after all. The current theory that is emerging us that William Shakespeare was in fact Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford who lived at Hedingham Castle. The against a Stratford Based Shakespeare…

The Essex Portal Top 100 Things To Do in Essex

OK, over the years we have reviewed many Essex events but still many people are unsure of what Essex has to offer. To Essex Portal has decided to create a list of the 100 best things to do in Essex. Best Things for Children Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers – great place to introduce kids…

Essex No Smoking Day – Quit smoking with help from your local NHS

To mark National No Smoking Day on 9 March 2011, the NHS South East Essex Stop Smoking Team will be out and about at local supermarkets, offering help and advice to people who want to stop smoking. The Stop Smoking Team will be at Tesco (Prince Avenue, Southend) and Morrisons (175 London Road, Hadleigh) from…

“Don’t Sweat It, Get Tested” – NHS Essex Chlamydia Screening

The first event in an exciting new campaign to increase awareness of chlamydia was an overwhelming success. NHS South East Essex launched the ‘Don’t Sweat It, Get Tested’ campaign on Southend High Street on Saturday 15 January to raise awareness of Chlamydia , the most common sexually transmitted infection amongst young people under 25. The…