Southend-on-Sea: the arty way is Essex

Paul O’Grady obviously hasn’t visited Southend for a while … The resort where the East End still goes for old-fashioned seaside fun now has a thriving arts scene, too

Osea island, Essex: weekend retreat and party destination

Privately owned, it has hosted rehabbing stars and celebity ravers but, once the crowds go, families can enjoy the remote strangeness of this coastal gem