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Cultural Essex

Essex is a great place to spend a great day out or a short break. There is so much to see and do whether you are with family or friends. The county's historic sites, the arts, literature, and museums all offer a fascinating insight to the richness of Essex's culture. 

Constable - Bawden - Munnings - Ravillious

Essex is truly a county of contrasts. It is steeped in history and infused with unique historical and architectural treasures. The county's historic sites, the arts, literature and museums offer a fascinating insight to the richness of our culture.
Artists such as John Constable, Sir Alfred Munnings and Edward Bawden have always known about the county's uniqueness and beauty: Constable working his rustic idylls beneath those vast East Anglian skies, Munnings capturing his much loved equestrian world and Bawden creating copper engravings of the swirling countryside.


Colchester Castle - Jiangsu Festival - Audley End House - firstsite:newsite

Today, the artistic tradition continues, as heralded by Harlow's treasure trove of public sculptural art and the wealth of contemporary talent in hotspots such as Great Bardfield, Wivenhoe and Leigh-on-Sea. This, combined with innovative display spaces such as Naze Tower and Colchester's sensational new cultural attraction, firstsite, make Essex a truly memorable place to soak up centuries of our county's art heritage.

Throughout the year a wealth of cultural events take place in the county which add to the experience you can get whilst visiting. Chelmsford's Cultural Events Team puts together a calendar of many exciting events, including free festival of international street theatre, The 3foot People Festival - days of wonder for pre-school children and the Fling - A festival of assorted amusements for adults. 


Essex County Council
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