We normally go away for a long weekend in December, to somewhere like Bath or Peak District where there are good Xmas markets. These are all off of the agenda this year. This year we want to do a long weekend a bit nearer to home (we are just in Surrey). I do not know anything about Essex, other than the stereotypical portrayal of Essex Man and Girls. Plus Gemma Collins. I heard someone say on tv this week that Essex has some great villages outside the big towns and villages which has piqued my interest. Is there anywhere nice to visit for a long weekend, rural, coast or semi rural rather than big town?