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Roman River presents Classical Favourites - Friday 15th November 2019

A live music spectacular is coming to Colchester this November as the popular Roman River Music at the Mercury concert series returns. World class musicians will perform classical favourites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Holst’s The Planets, Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro. Performances to include breath-taking operatic solos by award winning New Zealand born Samoan soprano Marlena Devoe. This event will make full use of the incredible auditorium space at the Mercury’s new pop-up theatre Mercury at Abbey Field.

Visit and Explore Harwich - a Town Rich in Maritime History

Strategically located on the estuaries of the Orwell and Stour rivers, Harwich, Essex is a town with a rich maritime history and significance, and a heart-stopping landscape. Once a naval base and heavily fortified, it now is one of England's most populous ferry ports and comprises a soothing place for tourists and locals alike, where they can rest and have fun.


Visit and Explore Southend on Sea

Southend on Sea is a seaside resort town in Essex and home to Southend Pier, the world's longest leisure pier, stretching 1.34 miles from shore. Although it has been beset by several fires that damaged parts of it, the pier stands proudly still and is also home to the pop-up cafe featured in Channel 4's "Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast" starring Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty. At the shore end of the famous pier you will find the Pier Museum, where you can check out its eventful history.

David Domoney at Perrywood

We are excited to announce that David Domoney is coming to Perrywood on Saturday 12 October with three different opportunities for customers meet him!

Join us in-store on Saturday 12 October when David will be entertaining an audience and sharing his deep knowledge and passion for horticulture during two pre-bookable sessions. More information and tickets are available online at


Visit and Explore Chelmsford - The County Town of Essex

The City of Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, placed in the East of England, in the London commuter belt - also known as London Metropolitan area. If you happen to be visiting or staying in the area, a variety of things will definitely excite and intrigue you, such as the impressing 18-arch railway viaduct that dates back in the Victorian times, spanning the River Can, and the glorious Chelmsford Cathedral, formerly known as St. Mary's Church, that became a Cathedral in early 1900s upon the creation of the Diocese of Chelmsford. It is situated behind the awe-inspiring historic Georgian building of the Shire Hall that still dominates the town centre.

Perrywood Garden Centre Celebrates Regional Awards Success

Tiptree-based Perrywood Garden Centre has won four awards at the Garden Centre Association (GCA) North Thames Regional Awards; winning the top accolade as well as coming top for innovation & creativity, indoor lifestyle and finalist for The Ruxley Rose Competition.

Visit and Explore Colchester - Britains Oldest Recorded Town

Colchester is acclaimed to be Britain's oldest recorded town, and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester, Essex. With a number of incredible attractions, it is a favourite tourist destination, especially during the summer months. Today, Colchester is a thriving centre, surrounded by inspiring rural landscapes, making it just right for a family holiday or a short break.

Chappel Viaduct

Renowned as being one of the largest brick built structures in England, Chappel Viaduct is situated near Wakes Colne in Essex off the A1124 (Colchester Road) and spans the picturesque Colne Valley. It presently still supports the Sudbury to Marks Tey line which regularly connects with trains to and from London's Liverpool Street Station along the main line.

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