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Essex is a county in southeast England. Known as one of the home counties, the county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. There is a wonderful collection of old and new, and Essex manages to combine modern facilities, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines to create the perfect day trip or short break. Self catering caravan hire and cottage rentals are popular holiday stays.

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MARCH - MAY High 14.25°c Low 6.96°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 22°c Low 13.85°c Precipitation 0.07mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 15.15°c Low 9.08°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 7.95°c Low 2.76°c Precipitation 0.08mm/hr


From scenic countryside to fresh sea air, Essex has so many lovely places to visit. Steeped in history the Epping Forest is one attraction not to be missed. With its distinctive towns and rural villages set in pleasant countryside, it’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of any major city. Saffron Walden is a picturesque, medieval town in north-west Essex. It has a rich heritage of old buildings reflecting its wealth as a rural market town. Bordering the north bank of the River Thames, Thurrock stands at the gateway to London, with easy access to surrounding destinations. Whether you enjoy shopping or golf, historic villages or country walks this picturesque county can offer it all.


A walk-through Colchester is a walk through 2000 years of Britain’s eventful past. If history’s your thing then it’s easy to discover the people, places and finds which make Colchester the place it is today. The town boasts one of the top 50 museum collections in the country as well as one of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries

Clacton On Sea

Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town and district in Essex. A seaside resort, it sees many tourists during the summer months. The Pier offers a host of fantastic family fun and is always a popular seaside destination boasting a variety of indoor and outdoor fun and activities. The main shopping area contains many of the more familiar national chains, independent stores as well as a wide range places to eat.

Southend On Sea

With its award-winning beaches and World-famous Pier, Southend-On-Sea has been a firm family favourite for many years. Adventure island theme park with various rides and rollercoasters, right next to the pier is must when visiting. There are also two shopping centres which are home to many of the high street names.


Essex is bursting with fresh local produce from Colchester oysters, Southend Whitebait and Essex Whelks to Maldon Sea Salt. It is also home to John Wilkin, founder of the famous Wilkin and Sons Tiptree preserves. Jamie Oliver, the chef, restaurateur, and media personality was born in Essex and his family pub, The Cricketers in Clavering, is still going strong. Other eateries include the Bake House in Wivenhoe and the Lemon Tree in Colchester.


Essex is on London's doorstep and is served by an excellent rail network and local bus routes. The county has accessible travel links from all over the UK and Europe and is well served by major roads including the M25, M11 and A12. There are main-line rail links into London plus the international gateways at Stansted Airport, Southend Airport, Harwich International Port and London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury offer direct links to London Liverpool Street.