If you are looking for somewhere to raise a family you won’t be disappointed. You can find over 90 state secondary schools controlled by 3 local authorities – Essex County Council, Thurrock and Southend on Sea. These are predominantly comprehensive schools but there are a total of 9 that are selective in Chelmsford, Southend on Sea, Colchester and Uttlesford. There is also a choice of private schools mainly located in rural areas of the county and the University of Essex is on the outskirts of Colchester.
Whilst Essex is often considered to be an industrial county the vast majority of industrial activity is located in the South with the remainder of the land being mainly agricultural. However, it is quite easy to choose an area to relocate to based on your skills and the type of work you do.
With an abundance of historic monuments, museums, arts and literature there is certainly more to Essex than shown on TV! Families living in Essex can go on an exciting journey of cultural discovery, without ever having to leave the county. From such architectural treasures as the 17th Century country mansion Audley End House, and the 12th Century Norman keep Hedingham Castle; to the modern Firstsite Art Gallery, a magnificent example of the work of world renowned architect Rafael Viñoly it is clear that Essex has a diversity of contrasting culture, both modern and ancient.
One thing is certain, if you make your home in Essex you will never be bored. Southend on sea is the busiest beach resort and restaurants, bars, amusement arcades and the Adventure Island Theme Park make it extremely popular during the holidays for both locals and tourists. Easily accessible from anywhere in Essex it’s a great day trip out or great for a holiday with the kids.
For night life Essex has some of the best night clubs in the UK and most have live DJ’s catering to all tastes. It is simply impossible to have a bad night out in Essex with the comprehensive range of Ibiza style clubs like Evoke and those frequented by celebrities such as Faces.
Sports and hobbies
You will find sports centres and clubs in almost every large town in Essex together with gymnasiums and keep fit clubs. Cricket and football are particularly popular. Indeed, there are in excess of 160 societies and clubs that you can join throughout the County ranging from sports, music and culture, to politics and the arts giving you the opportunity to develop existing interests or discover new talents.
Famous Essex Residents
Many famous people have been born in Essex most notably Charlotte Rampling, Dame Maggie Smith, Russell Brand, Dudley Moore and Sarah Miles.
If you decide to make your home in Essex you will be in good company as many celebrities including Olly Murs, Diversity, Allison Moyet, Helen Mirren, Pixie Lott and footballer Frank Lampard have all decided that the only place to live is Essex.