Picture postcard perfect staycation

It's absolutely timeless, beautiful, immaculately well kept and has a great sense of community.

– Landlord Keith at the Fox Inn in Finchingfield

Essex isn't all about fake tan and TOWIE!

As part of a new series, Alison Hammond visits the picture perfect village of Finchingfield in Essex and gets a taste of local life, its picturesque views and most importantly, its hard working residents as we look for options for those wanting a staycation this summer.

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Christmas toys... tested (with six months to go!)

It may be six months until the big day, but it's never too early to start thinking about... CHRISTMAS!

Jeff and his little helpers

Don't worry, we won't be force-feeding you turkey and mince pies just yet. Three of the biggest toy retailers, Amazon, Argos and Hamleys have released their predictions as to which toys are going to be top of your kids' Christmas lists this year. So Jeff Brazier and his army of testers have have been trying out some the latest toys, and are here today to give you their verdict.

Are you up on dishwasher etiquette?

It's being cited as one of the most divisive domestic appliances in marriages today: the dishwasher. How to stack it, what setting to use, whether or not you should pre-wash. The list goes on and on.

Alice Beer is here with some top advice on how to get the most out of your dishwasher so that you and your partner can argue about something else. We've got two dishwashers with two sets of crockery and cutlery, and Phillip and Amanda will have one minute to each stack their machine!

Are solar panels worth it?

The sun's been beating down over the last week, meaning the 550,000 Brits with solar panels are smiling. Solar panels aren't just an environmental boon, they cut your electricity bills and pay you for generating energy too. However, the amount you can earn from them has just dropped, resulting in many asking 'are solar panels worth it?'.

Martin Lewis is here to put solar panels in the spotlight.

Do you know a DIY dynamo?

Do you know a man who is a DIY dynamo? Is your husband, partner, dad, brother or friend excellent at assembling furniture or can read and understand an assembly manual in a matter of minutes? We are looking for DIY experts (or those who think they are!) to take part in an outdoors DIY item on This Morning next Wednesday.

If that sounds like you or someone you know please get in touch! Email thismorning@itv.com by Tuesday at midday nominating yourself or someone else.

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