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Braintree
Brentwood
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Broxted
Buckhurst Hill
Burnham On Crouch
Canvey Island
Castle Hedingham
Chelmsford
Chigwell
Chingford
Clacton On Sea
Clavering
Coggeshall
Colchester
Dagenham
Dedham
Earls Colne
Elmstead
Elsenham
Epping
Feering
Felsted
Flatford
Frinton On Sea
Grays
Great Baddow
Great Bardfield
Great Chesterford
Great Dunmow
Great Yeldham
Halstead
Harlow
Harwich
Heybridge
Holland On Sea
Hornchurch
Horndon On The Hill
Ilford
Latchingdon
Leigh On Sea
Little Easton
Little Hallingbury
Maldon
Manningtree
Ongar
Pitsea
Purfleet
Purleigh
Rainham
Rayleigh
Rickling Green
Rochford
Romford
Saffron Walden
South Woodham Ferrers
Southend On Sea
Southminster
St Osyth
Stanford Le Hope
Stansted
Stansted Airport
Stansted Mountfitchet
Stock
Takeley
Thaxted
Theydon Bois
Thurrock
Tilbury
Upminster
Waltham Abbey
Walton On The Naze
West Mersea
West Thurrock
Westcliff On Sea
Wickford
Witham
Wivenhoe
Woodford Bridge

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County Town: Chelmsford
Population: 1,294,60
Area: 3672 sq km 1418 sq miles
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Food Legends:Maldon Sea Salt
Colchester Oysters
Southend Whitebait
Essex Whelks
Folk Customs:
Choosing Day, Brightlingsea
Kichel throwing in Harwich
Mad Maldon Mud Race
Opening the Oyster Fishery
Plough Monday
The Dunmow Flitch
Haunted Britain:
Careful in the Kitchen
The Spectral Centurion of Mersea Island
Cultural Britain:
Constable Country
Lore & legend:
The Legend of St Osyth
The Saffron Walden Cockatrice
Natural Britain:
Copt Hall Marshes
Dedham Vale
Foulness Island
Lee Valley
Mersea Island
Northey Island
Rainham Marshes
River Colne
Thames Estuary

Events

February
The Annual Tourism & Leisure Show

March
Barking Art Society Exhibition
Essex Game and Country Show
Funfair
Loughton Festival
Redbridge Dance Festival Launch

April
Chadwell Heath History Fair
Essex Farmers Markets @ Hainault Forest Country Park
Friends of Valence House Book Sale
Funfair
Funfair
Maldon CAMRA Beer Festival
St George's Day

May
Aldborough Hall Farm Spring Festival
Annual Beer Festival - The Longest Day
Essex Farmers Markets @ Hainault Forest Country Park
Funfair
Great Notley Star Gazing
Maldon Mud Race
Military Vehicle Show
Open Fish Show
Pedal for the Js Hospice
Robin Hood Country and Game Show
Second World War Event
Southend Air Show
Southend Spring Art Show
Tour de Tendring Open Event Ride
Twilight Classical Concert
Weald Country and Craft Show

June
Art on the Walls
BaD 5 mile Run
Bulphan Open Gardens Day
Colchester Food and Drink Festival
Colchester's Medieval Oyster Fayre
Eastbrookend Country Fair
Essex Countryside Ride for the Little Havens Hospice
Essex Farmers Markets @ Hainault Forest Country Park
Essex Flower and Garden Show
High Definition Dance Festival
Lakeside Triathlon
Little Bentley Hall Waterways & Garden Show
Norton Beer Festival
Summer Craft & Design Fair
The Big BBQ & Music Festival

July
Dagenham Town Show
Essex Castle Bike Ride for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Essex Farmers Markets @ Hainault Forest Country Park
Fambridge Yacht Haven Half Iron Triathlon
Friends of Valence House Book Sale
Hylands House Country and Craft Show
Robin Hood Country and Game Show
Royal British Legion Parade
Southend Jazz Festival
The Maldon Triathlon

August
African Showcase Market
Clacton Air Show
Essex Farmers Markets @ Hainault Forest Country Park
Military & Flying Machines Show
Music Crowns Festival
One Love Festival
Seawick Markets Summer Wednesdays
Southend Jazz Festival
Southend-on-Sea Carnival and Illuminated Procession
The Essex Spectacular
V Festival
WatersideCycle Tour of the Dengie
WatersideTri

September
Basildon & Pitsea Carnival
Classic Cars
Dredging the First Oyster
Essex Boat Jumble and Small Boat Sale
Folk Festival
Friends of Valence House Book Sale
Great Dunmow Carnival
Heritage Open Days
Orsett Show
Orshett Show
Southend Whitebait Festival
St. Mary’s Theydon Bois - Harvest Flower Festival
Wat Tyler Folk Festival
Weald Park Game And Country Show

October
Apple Day
Colchester Oyster Feast
Parkinson's UK Spooky Sprint
Spooktacular
Spooky Activities
Welly Walk

November
Danbury Fireworks
Fireworks
Friends of Valence House Winter Sale
Guy Fawkes Festival

December
Choosing Day
Christmas Fayre
Christmas Market
Colchester Christmas Fair
Essex Vintage Fashion Fair - Vintage Vogue
Run Santa Run
Santa Fun Run

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Website: www.visitessex.com

Principal Towns: Chelmsford, Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, Saffron Walden, Harlow, Southend, Basildon

Visit Essex

Between London and the sea lies the ancient Saxon county of Essex. Traces of medieval times can be found in delightful small towns such as Saffron Walden , Coggeshall and Thaxted . Medieval industries, including weaving and saffron growing, created great wealth and financed many beautiful houses and fine churches. Close to the European mainland, Essex has been shaped by varied cultures and played a part in major historical events. The Romans made Colchester their capital while the Normans left their mark with castles at Colchester, Castle Hedingham and Stansted. All of these remain and are open for today's visitor. Within the last hundred years Chelmsford became the birthplace of a technological revolution when Marconi established the world's first radio factory.

With its long coastline, Essex boasts a real maritime flavour. The seaside resorts are perhaps best known. Southend , Clacton and Walton offer all the fun of the seaside and more besides. Southend has established a reputation for an exciting calendar of events throughout the year while in Clacton and the other 'Sunshine Coast Resorts', the emphasis is on traditional family entertainment. Both Clacton and Southend are famous for their parks and gardens and offer stunning displays in the summer.

Less well known is the quieter side of the coast where ports such as Harwich and Maldon have enormous character and historical interest. Coastal towns like Burnham-on-Crouch and Brightlingsea come alive with yachts during the boating season. Away from the towns, much of the coast is remote and undisturbed and of great importance for nature conservation.

Inland, ancient woodlands such as Epping and Hatfield Forests add interest to a landscape characterised by thatched cottages, timber-framed farmhouses and the unmistakable outline of windmills. There are some lovely country houses with beautiful gardens. Audley End House , Ingatestone Hall and Layer Marney Tower are amongst the finest and open regularly to the public. Essex remains a rural county with much of its land still in agricultural production. The rolling countryside is typified by golden wheatfields. Rural events and traditions are kept alive and offer the visitor an interesting day out. Market towns make pleasant places to browse or shop for local crafts and gifts.

The following districts make up the county:
Essex, Chelmsford, Uttlesford, Braintree, Maldon, Colchester, Tendring, Epping Forest, Harlow, Brentwood, Basildon, Rochford and Castle Point

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