On Thursday 7th August, Buglife are holding a workshop to recruit volunteer Bee Guardians to help survey the special bees found at Canvey Wick nature reserve.
Canvey Wick, Buglife’s first nature reserve owned by the Land Trust and jointly managed by the RSPB and Buglife, is a haven for invertebrates with more than 1400 different species living on the site. In the 1970s, Canvey Wick was transformed from coastal grazing marsh into an oil refinery; however, the site was decommissioned in 1973 without ever opening. Left largely untouched it has developed into a unique space rich with wildflower grasslands, herb-rich sandy areas and wetland features. Read More →
Essex Country Parks are offering 50% off car park season tickets at Essex Country Parks this summer – meaning visiting Essex’s beautiful open spaces is even more affordable.
50% off car park season tickets at Essex Country Parks
Cllr John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “Essex’s Country Parks provide a wonderful setting for families and children to let their imagination run free. Our open spaces are a fantastic place to have an adventure, get active and, most of all, have fun. There are few better ways to spend the summer holidays than exploring our fantastic Country Parks. By making it more affordable to visit them I believe more families will be able to make the most of what we have to offer.” Read More →
Sometimes you just know you are watching history be made. I always knew that when Le Tour came to Essex it would be a success, I just didn’t realise quite what a HUGE success it would be.
The race was passing right outside my daughters school, through a village I have come to love so dear, and the excitement in the build up was immense. School projects, community games, sponsored bike rides, guest speakers in assembly…everyone really got behind the event.
As we walked down into the village on Monday I felt a feeling come over me that I hadn’t felt for a while. I couldn’t put my finger on why everything felt so familiar. The smiles, the strangers taking to each other, the communities coming together. Then it hit me Read More →
I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that my twitter feed has been somewhat swamped with football tweets over the past 4 weeks. I make no attempts to hide my complete and utter love for sports (did I mention the Tour De France came to town this week? more about that here), so when I was asked if I fancied taking the family to see my beloved Essex Eagles play at home last Friday I couldn’t help but have a little squeal and then reply with a big fat YES PLEASE!
In case you haven’t heard of it before, T20 is a fast paced 20 over match that has literally revolutionised the game of cricket. It’s such a great way to get people interested in the game as there is always something exciting going on, and then once you’ve got them hooked the rush of T20 you can introduce them to longer 40 over and county championship games too. It’s pretty much like stabilizers for sport. Read More →
To say Essex HQ are looking forward to the arrival of the Tour De France in Essex is an understatement for sure. I have been checking for the official Tour De France Essex Route for months, waiting for the final details to be announced. It will not only be coming to my home county, but to my home town, and actually right past the school and pre-school my daughters attend. This is a huge, once in a lifetime, event. Le Tour came to the UK in 2007, and may return again in my lifetime, but I’m pretty sure this may be the only opportunity I may have to see it fly though the beautiful Essex countryside, and for me that is amazing. Read More →
I’m often asked what are the best places to visit in Essex, and that really is the easiest and hardest question to answer all at once.
There are so many venues that I could add to my list of the best places to visit in Essex, it all just depends on what you are looking for. Coastline? Food? Family Fun? Whatever you want I promise there is something for you here.
Long gone are the days where Essex only had V festival to offer the world, nowadays there are LOADS of great Essex festivals popping up all over the place. Great for families, great for food and great for music….this list of the best Essex festivals 2014 is sure to have something for everyone.
Best Essex Festivals 2014
Brentwood Festival, Brentwood Centre – 18th, 19th and 20th of July
Designed for festival lovers young and old, Brentwood festival is fast becoming know as one of the best Essex festivals 2014. With the likes of UB40 and Alexander O’Neal taking to the stage over the weekend alongside some of the best local artists and cover bands on the festival circuit, Brentwood Festival is showing that it means business and is here to stay. brentwoodfestival.co.uk
The Big Wild Sleepout starts on 16 June and runs until 22 June. With the Summer solstice taking place on 21 June, people sleeping out that night will have the maximum number of daylight hours to spot wildlife and have fun! Supported by Blacks. The Big Wild Sleepout is part of the RSPB’s ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign, aimed at inspiring everyone to do their bit for nature no matter how big their outside space may be.
Giving Nature a Home
Some of our best loved garden favourites including starlings, hedgehogs, some butterflies and ladybirds are in danger of further declines unless more is done to provide better habitats. Giving Nature a Home aims to Read More →
One of my favourite places to visit when I am in Harwich is a treasure cove of wonder called Quirky Old Stuff. Partly this is due to the fact that it is owned by my uncle, but mainly it is for the sheer amount of things I find to buy when I am in there.
Quirky Old Stuff – Vintage Suitcases
I have been looking at bedroom storage ideas for a while now, and every time I visit Quirky Old Stuff I see the vintage suitcases on display and promise myself they will be a treat next time I visit. Well finally that ‘next time’ has arrived and I am now the proud owner of these little beauties. Read More →