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  • My missus wants to go on holiday to Essex
  • Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    She’s found a place in Leigh on Sea, but admits that she knows nothing about the area.

    My initial reaction is “AVOID!!!”.

    Am i right?

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    My wife is from Westcliff-on-Sea. I am from Essex, but not that bit.

    Your initial reaction is correct, minus a couple of expletives.

    Old Leigh has a nice 100 yard section fronting onto the mudflats. Decentish pub (for Southend area, so glassings are still a distinct possibility) whelk stall.

    I think ‘WTF are you on about, you loon?’ is the right response to anyone who suggests holidaying in South Essex.*

    *Unless the alternatives are a holiday park in Mogadishu or Chechnya.

    Premier Icon piha
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    I’m sure Jaywick-on-Sands would be over the moon with your holiday pound.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/mar/29/jaywick-essex-resort-most-deprived

    Premier Icon malgrey
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    Work takes me on the road throughout East Anglia, and try to explore the areas I stay in. South Essex is my least favourite area; apologies to anybody who lives there! Maldon seems pleasant enough, but otherwise there’s not a lot exciting to do in any of the places I’ve stayed, and the places are quite anonymous. The seaside towns are what you would expect from most English “resorts”; a bit shabby and full of old people.

    Get up the coast into Suffolk and it becomes much more pleasant.

    Mainly, though, what sort of holiday is it? What do you like to do?

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    If her ‘likes’ include gazing over fields covered in pylons, chatting to the locals about forriners, or aquiring a top-quality fake tan, then an epic road trip between Southend and Canvey Island, preferably while over-revving a modified Corsa, will be just the ticket.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Either go further round the coast to Suffolk, or even further round to Norfolk, or hop over the Thames Estuary to Kent.

    From my house (when I’m back home), the view from the back window is of Canvey Island and London Gateway across the marshes and Thames, which are pretty close to the suggest holiday location (I think?), and neither of them look like a holiday destination from what I can see.

    Premier Icon wait4me
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    Nice for a day trip, or better still a half day trip.

    Premier Icon natrix
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    Gets some good reviews on Trip Advisor https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1138967-d2343548-Reviews-Old_Leigh-Leigh_on_Sea_Southend_on_Sea_Essex_England.html

    Depends what you want from a holiday…………

    Premier Icon scuttler
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    The undisputed King of the Slums
    With more alias’ than Klaus Barbie
    The Master Butcher of Leigh on Sea

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Thanks.

    Done Suffolk twice and Norfolk once, with a week booked there for next year already. She wants to explore a new part of the country, but I think there is a reason why we don’t know much about it.

    Premier Icon malgrey
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    Go Dorset, or Exmoor or somewhere similar then? Much nicer to explore; if that’s your main thing, I really think south Essex is a bad choice!

    Premier Icon perchypanther
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    She wants to explore a new part of the country,

    Had exactly the same conversation  a few weeks ago and that’s why, after 20 years of Cornwall, we’re going to the North Yorkshire Coast this year ( Ravenscar)

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    we’re going to the North Yorkshire Coast this year ( Ravenscar)

    Yes, but have you considered a fortnight in Pitsea?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Unlucky.  😂

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Frinton is a pleasant middle class seaside resort, we used to enjoy a day trip there when we lived near London. Wouldn’t book a holiday in Essex myself though.

    We mostly tend to go to North Wales or Dumfries & Galloway.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    UPDATE!

    She has done a bit of Googling. We are not going to Essex. Ever.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    😂

    Premier Icon jobro
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    I lived in LoS for 21 years so I know quite a bit about the area. While it’s not exactly appalling, I really can’t think what would occupy you for very long after a quick tour of the high street then Old Leigh. You could ride the two miles to Hadleigh and go around the Olympic park track?
    I ran away to Dorset!

    Premier Icon avdave2
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    I was in Shoeburyness for 7 years. Cut along the A127 all the way to Southend. Tow everything to the south out into the North Sea and sink it in very deep water and you are left with somewhere you might want to go.

    Premier Icon binners
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    My mum and dad, somewhat inexplicably, decided to do this last summer, and tag on a few days in Essex after they’d been in London stopping with our kid.

    They came back like soldiers returning from Vietnam. They won’t be going back. The highlight of the trip was being woken up at 2am with a huge mass brawl going on in the street outside the hotel

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    #softnortherners

    She has done a bit of Googling. We are not going to Essex. Ever.

    “OK Google, should I go on holiday to Essex?”

    “No. Would you like me to contact your mental health provider?”

    Premier Icon johnx2
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    …you are actually all selling this to me really well. And that’s without factoring in cultural heroes

    Premier Icon Pyro
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    Frinton is a pleasant middle class seaside resort, we used to enjoy a day trip there when we lived near London.

    Harwich for the Continent!
    Frinton for the incontinent!

    😉

    Premier Icon Ro5ey
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    Watchit you lot

    I grew up on the Rock and I still know plenty of nasties on there…. although TBF you’d have to visit them for your good hiding, as they aren’t too keen on leaving the place. 🙂

    Southend seafront, Leigh and even Canvey seafront are now, in many ways, much nicer places to be than when I was growing up there…. pretty good for a day trip I’d say but not sure they’ve reached a holiday destination yet.

    Premier Icon kilo
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    Should go an Essex road trip

    We had a job off in Vange and Scranton’s Social Club once, we should’ve let them keep the heroin having to live there – what a dump

    Premier Icon Stuuey
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    The trick is to stay north of the A127.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    The trick is to stay north of the M62.

    Premier Icon Pyro
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    The trick is to stay north of the M62. A66

    FTFY

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    We had a few days in Whitstable during the oyster festival and it was excellent. We camped just outside at the top of the bloody big hill so cycling back at night, pissed, was a bugger.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Been to Whitstable too. Thought it was OK.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    I think all of our hollidays were in Essex for about 4 years when I was growing up, we had an old boat moored near Walton so used to sail between Maldon and Orford. I turned out normal-ish.

    or hop over the Thames Estuary to Kent.

    I once went to Sheppey for the weekend without doing any research.

    Premier Icon gauss1777
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    My wife and I cycled through Essex on holiday last year, going from London to Edinburgh. I was impressed, I thought it was really nice. But on checking, it wasn’t where you’re suggesting, more North Essex I guess.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    #softnortherners

    It’s not we’re soft it’s just if we want a holiday from the grim north why go to somewhere just as grim. Like London.

    Premier Icon dovebiker
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    Lived in Essex quite a while back – from memory, only some of the old fishing villages like Brightlingsea were worth visiting on a day trip in summer. Bad memories of Southend, Clacton and Leigh-on-Sea. If staring at mud flats is your thing…

    Premier Icon alpin
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    I grew up in Thurrock. My folks went up market and moved to Chelmsford where my mum grew up.

    About 90% of everything south of the A127 is shite. The good bits are the marshes, because no one lives there. The far end of Essex towards Foulness feels remote.

    Is it worth making an extra journey there from elsewhere in the UK? No.

    Leigh on Sea is just a less shit bit of a shit bit.

    Premier Icon thepurist
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    I grew up in Furrock

    FTFY

    Born and raised in South Essex too, and while I wish I could take offence at the attitiudes in this thread they’re pretty much spot on.   I first moved away at 18 and never thought about going back.

    And as for

    They came back like soldiers returning from Vietnam.

    You’ll find a lot of Estuarine dwellers get a misty look in their eye when they talk about their tough times in ‘Nam… yep, .  that’s Dagenham

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    You’ll find a lot of Estuarine dwellers get a misty look in their eye when they talk about their tough times in ‘Nam… yep, . that’s Dagenham

    Never go Full Romford.

    Premier Icon senor j
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    I did a couple of contracting jobs not far from there. About 8 months all told.
    I nearly went mad . Well….more mad.
    There was a half decent bnb in westcliffe I regularly stayed at,one night let me down. I had to look for a room just off Southend prom. You know the air freshener scene in 7even? It was like that!
    I’d did get to see Dr Feelgood, so it wasn’t all bad -just 99%.

    Premier Icon alpin
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    I grew up in Furrock

    Furrock…. 😁

    Remember our history teacher, who I think was from Wales, telling us that the word thurrock, or furrock, was the term given to the bowels of a ship where all the crap collected. Not sure if it’s true or that was just his snide way of saying that Thurrock is a shit hole, but needless to say he didn’t much like the place.

    I’ve had a google but can’t find anything to confirm whether the bowels of a ship was called a furrock, but it’s a good analogy either way.

    F me I was glad when my folks decided to move away. I was even happier when I left Essex for good.

    Premier Icon alpin
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    I downloaded this the other day for the drive back to Schermany. Might be of interest to some….

    https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGhlZ3VhcmRpYW4uY29tL25ld3Mvc2VyaWVzL3RoZS1hdWRpby1sb25nLXJlYWQvcG9kY2FzdC54bWw&episode=NWQxZjA5Yjk4ZjA4ZWQxMzYzN2U0Mjc4

    Listening to it I kept getting images of people I knew and grew up with coming into my head. A bit of a trip down memory lane, but not necessary a nice lane lined with trees and quaint cottages.

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