Essex holidays

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Geese, seals and sky: a wildlife stay on a remote Essex island
Horsey Island, which can only be reached around low tide, hosts a solitary cottage that gives visitors the chance to sample its peace and sense of mystery

Carol Donaldson

02, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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The Beach of Dreams trail left me dazzled by an Essex I never expected
This 500-mile walking adventure has provided revelations – and huge incongruities – in its coastal towns and villages

Kevin Rushby

18, Aug, 2021 @5:30 AM

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I will walk 500 miles … in search of Darwin’s ship on the Essex coast
The third leg of the Beach of Dreams walk comes to the historic River Crouch, and the baffling disappearance of HMS Beagle

Kevin Rushby

30, Jul, 2021 @10:00 AM

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I will walk 500 miles … on an art trail along Essex’s lost coast
On the second leg of this artful odyssey, people come together to walk and exchange stories about this fascinating – and disappearing – coastline

Kevin Rushby

19, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Brave front: thought-provoking art on England’s south-east coast
The new Waterfronts exhibition – part of the England’s Creative Coast project – brings contemporary sculpture to seaside towns to challenge visitors

Stephen Emms

26, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Estuary Essex … exploring the grimy but lovely Thames near Tilbury
The Observer’s architecture critic discovers a fascinating collision of industry, historic churches, waterfront and wildlife

Rowan Moore

14, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Covid variants don’t have nationalities | Brief letters
Brief letters: Tom Moore and the NHS | Coronavirus | The Stour valley | Eine Kleine Beatlemusic | Groundhog day

Letters

03, Feb, 2021 @6:01 PM

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A foraging trip for flavours and peace of mind in Epping Forest
Searching for wild foods in the UK can mean discovering fresh or forgotten tastes. For one furloughed worker it also turned into a life-affirming hobby

Liz Boulter

04, Dec, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Far from the madding crowd: UK staycation destinations to try this summer
From Northumberland to Essex, beauty can be found in less touristy areas

Josh Halliday

27, Jul, 2020 @3:06 PM

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We rule OK: England's independent island kingdoms
Piel Island in Cumbria and Sealand off the coast of Essex are sovereign monarchies with their own laws, stamps … and enemies

David Bramwell

15, Jun, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Wilko Johnson on life in lockdown: I feel grateful to be alive
The musician, who cheated death a few years back, looks forward to the end of his strict isolation at home in Southend

Wilko Johnson

08, Jun, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Eastern Eden: a utopian community in Essex
Essex was once a hotbed for alternative communities. Working holidays now offer peace and purpose in one of the few surviving examples

Carol Donaldson

29, Jan, 2019 @6:30 AM

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