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Essex Dating: The Only Way is Up

Despite a reputation that in recent years has garnered an incredible amount of media attention, it may come as a surprise to hear that not all Essex singles are carbon copies of the folk featured in TOWIE. Granted, fake tan may be the county’s biggest selling product... but that doesn’t mean all dates must include a trip to Sugar Hut or even end with a rather public slanging match.

In fact, by using a dating site like eHarmony, you are given the opportunity to swerve the Mark Wright’s of the world (and all the others you might like to push into a swimming pool) and instead find the fellow Essex singles that are compatible with you.

Our relationship questionnaire goes beyond that bottle of St. Tropez to find out what makes you stand out from the crowd. Your very own comprehensive and in-depth personality profile means that we are then able to provide matches who compliment the individual characteristics, beliefs and values that are specific to you.

With a young and ambitious population, dating in Essex is likely to be a glamorous affair, and alongside all the glitz of the Essex nightlife (Brentwood isn’t known as England’s version of Hollywood for nothing) there are also surprising alternatives for some enjoyable and romantic dates.

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Essex dating doesn’t have to resemble anything you’ve seen on the telly. Make a meaningful match on today - where it’s free to review matches - and start the journey to a more fulfilled and positive you.

First date ideas...

Here are some varying options to consider for that vital first meeting with your match:

Think differently

From the quaint coastal town of Leigh-on-Sea or its bolshie neighbour Southend – to the historic town of Colchester or the newly crowned city of Chelmsford - the scope and variety of places to visit within Essex is massive. Even if you’ve lived here your whole life, venture out of your comfort zone and you might be surprised as to what you find.

Country pursuits

Despite a lot of Essex towns located in urban and suburban areas, most of the county is actually made up of sprawling and rural countryside. Try going for a bike ride in Epping Forest or setting up a fishing rod in Belhus Woods Country Park, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities to see Essex in a different light.

Embrace your inner Essex!

You know what they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and let’s face it, getting dolled up in your finest and sampling some of Sugar Hut’s best cocktails actually sounds like a pretty fun night. For some posh nosh, you could dine out at one of TOWIE’s most frequented hotspots, Alec’s Restaurant - one of the most popular and highly rated eateries in the area. So why not ask your date to go glamorous? Just remember to point out from the start that you're only dressing like Joey Essex for a laugh...

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