Video clips of Essex
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so hopefully the few video clips below will give you more than that. These short films were taken at various destinations around Essex to give you a flavour of what to expect when you visit.
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Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any English county, it certainly has the longest pleasure pier in the world. Indeed Essex boasts a real maritime flavour. The resorts of Southend, Clacton, and the quieter resorts of Walton and Frinton offer all the traditional fun of the seaside and much more. Less well know is the quieter side of the coast where ports steeped in heritage, such as Harwich, can be found. Maldon and nearby Mersea Island have been described as the 'New Brittany'. You can sample famous seafood in rustic family run restaurants serving fresher than fresh world famous Colchester Oysters, whilst watching the boats bobbing in the water. Get a sense of true maritime Essex by taking a trip on one of the many Thames Barges moored at Maldon. Alternatively, visit the coastal towns of Burnham-on-Crouch (the Cowes of the East) and Brightlingsea that come alive with yachts during the boating season.
Burnham-on-Crouch, the major town of the Dengie, has great places to stay and eat, riverside walks and pubs, art galleries, gorgeous Georgian homes and even an eccentric octagonal bell tower, Burnham's best known landmark, you have to duck your head under on the High Street. Burnham is the major yachting centre on the eastern seaboard and nicknamed the Cowes of the East, hence it comes as no surprise that it has four yachting clubs.
Located just 40 miles N.E. of London, Maldon is a town which is worth exploring. Maldon was granted a Royal Charter by Henry II in 1171 and it is a fascinating mixture of old and new. The first delight for visitors is its High Street with its interesting buildings housing individual shops which are great to browse, whilst taking time to experience the impressive array of places to eat and drink.
Hythe Quay is part of the old port of Maldon and the area played a crucial part in the prosperity of Maldon through the centuries. Some of the well restored Thames Sailing Barges moored there are available for charter, or offer short trips, giving the opportunity to sail aboard these graceful craft.
In an area with stunning landscapes, breath-taking coastal views and majestic architecture, it is hardly surprising that the area provides constant inspiration for both local and visiting artists and photographers. The work of these artists can be seen throughout the year at various museums, art galleries and shops, and at the various events and activities.
Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located marginally off the coast of the county of Essex, 9 miles (14 km) to the southeast of Colchester. It is situated in the estuary area of the rivers Blackwater and Colne. The beaches, beach huts and the good Essex weather are a great attraction as are the many events taking place throughout the year. But what is most memorable is the fresh seafood. You can sit in a restaurant beside the sea, watch the daily catch to be brought in and savour it a few minutes afterwards together with some Mersea wine and beer from the island's own vineyard and micro-brewery.