Nick Robertson takes a trip into the unknown, well, certainly the less well known, as he reveals one of London’s best kept secrets
Doing The Right Thing
Until his death at the age of 73, Bill Ives was still very much the man behind Rainham Steel. This hugely successful businessman built his company and his reputation on a mantra of ‘doing the right thing’ and before he died, he become a founder of a new multi-million-pound hospice with a hefty investment. Kelly Clark spoke to him in one of his last interviews before he passed away in September
Dining Out At... The Finchingfield Lion
THE FINCHINGFIELD LION celebrates its first birthday this month with a renaissance.
Louise Lloyd explores how to not let the bugs get you down this winter by booking your doctor’s appointment in less than 60 seconds.
Back To Reality
Sybilla Hart reflects on her new life in Essex after leaving London
Daisy Siggers found inspiration in the farmland of Essex which surrounds her home in Kelvedon near Colchester for a innovative new fashion brand that is causing a stir
How Wild Writing Took Flight In Essex
When JA Baker penned a book about the peregrine falcons of the Blackwater estuaries, now 50 years ago, few realised it would be a pioneering piece of literature. Essex Life finds out more
Lands Of Discovery
It might sound strange, but the places where our armed forces once operated are some of our least damaged landscapes. Rich in history, and in wildlife, today these ex-military reserves are great days out, and Essex is particularly well blessed with them
One Man & His Lightship
Tony O’Neil has had a passion for boats and broadcasting for as long as he can remember, and now he runs LV18 in Harwich, a fitting reminder of how marine safety and music went hand in hand off the Essex coast
Stepping Back Through History At... Debden Hall
Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals the hidden history of Debden Hall and the rise and fall of its various owners
Dining Out At The Bicycle Bar & Restaurant
Coming Together In Billericay
Billericay is one of the county’s popular commuter towns, situated just 28 miles east of Central London, but it is also a location with a thriving community. Petra Hornsby takes a closer look at two projects that have enhanced the town and its appeal
Time To Come Home
Essex girl Denise Van Outen has matured to become more passionate about playing golf than late-night parties, but there’s still no place like the home county of Essex, where she grew up and plans to return to soon
Holiday? What Holiday?
Sybilla Hart is a freelance writer and mother of four. here she writes about life as a busy Essex mum, trying to stay on top of things with four children under the age of ten.
Winds Of Change
The Great Storm of 1987 brought havoc to the south of England and was a career-defining moment for TV weatherman Michael Fish. Peter Naldrett looks back at the events of 30 years ago and how they still impact today
Back To Grass Roots
Chigwell’s proximity to the capital may make you think that green space is at a premium, but with a bit of forethought more than 100 years ago, there is plenty of space for a growing community of sport.
If Walls Could Talk
If the Roman walls of Colchester could talk, what tales they’d tell. Petra Hornsby reveals what secrets there are to discover and what draws people to the oldest recorded town in England
If You Knew Suzi...
Rock star, actress and radio presenter Suzi Quatro has just written her first novel. She talks to Pat Parker about her life, loves and regrets, her home in Essex, and how she keeps her ego in check.
Your monthly update of news and views from the Rural Community Council of Essex
Designs For Life
Aaron Farris from Orwells Furniture explains the inspiration and installation of a kitchen transformation with maximum storage as well as minimalist styling
As Essex Life magazine celebrates 65 years, what better time to look at the current catwalk trends for autumn/winter 2017 which take their inspiration from the last 65 years
From The Farm Gate
Stephanie Mackentyre takes a look at three award-winning farm shops offering you the freshest, local and most delicious products.
Stepping Back Through History... Felix Hall
Raising it like a phoenix from the flames, from the Essex Record Office shares the history of Felix Hall near Kelvedon, before it was burned to the ground
Chapter & Verse
He’s made millions running a company shaping steel, owns Billericay Town Football Club, is both publicly and privately a generous philanthropist and is a committed Christian. In typically unique style, Glenn Tamplin shares his life story (so far) with Robyn Bechelet
1952 & All That
It cannot be denied that the 1950s was a very special chapter in Britain’s exciting history, from its interesting fashion trends to the new era of music and movies. Of course, 1952 was particularly special as the year the first issue of Essex Life’s forerunner, Essex Countryside magazine, was published. Mica Bale reveals some other landmark moments from this treasured time in our county’s history
What A Life!
50 years of Fleet Street photography has been lovingly edited and now presented in a remarkable book by outstanding Hornchurch snapper, Ted Blackbrow. Here he shares with Essex Life a snaphot of his most iconic images
The Artistry Of Leigh On Sea
Leigh on Sea, situated on the northern side of the Thames Estuary and a district of the more renowned Southend on Sea, is a place of inspiration, discovers Petra Hornsby
Stepping Back Through History... Beeleigh Abbey
Once home to the White Canons and much later to a library of antique books, Beeleigh Abbey has a history worth reading about, as Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals
The Story Of Stow Maries
Located east of Chelmsford, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is home to a rare example of original World War I airfield buildings, and now more than one fascinating museum. Essex Life finds out more
Our County's Peerless Piers
The centrepiece of the traditional British seaside holiday, the classic pier is a treasured landmark, and especially so here in Essex.