Big Weekend sure to make other counties well jel of Essex

Launch of the Big Essex Weekend

It's enough to make anyone who doesn't live in Essex well jel.

The county's tourism chiefs have just launched the 2nd Big Essex Weekend.

The Weekend, which takes place at the end of March, encourages local residents to enter an on-line ballot to bid for 1000s of free entry tickets and other offers, to 57 attractions throughout the county.

It's hoped the event will instil a little bit of civic pride as well as helping showcase the great places the county has to offer.

Among the attractions taking part in the event are Colchester Castle and the East Anglian Railway Museum.

Details of the event and how to apply for tickets can be found here.