• Facts About East

  • Interesting facts about our Region
    The East of England is based around the ancient kingdom of East Anglia, which was originally made up of Norfolk and Suffolk. These are now joined by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire to form the bump on England's eastern side.

  • The area is directly to the north of London, and has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions.

  • The region covers 7,380 square miles (11,876 square kilometres), stretching approximately 109 miles (175 kilometres) from north to south; and 108 miles (174 kilometres) from east to west.

  • It is bordered to the north by Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and the North Sea; to the south by London and the Thames Estuary; to the east by the North Sea; and to the west by Buckinghamshire.

  • Courtesy of East of England Tourist Board

  • The countryside is predominately a low lying and open area, containing a diversity of gentle landscapes - from flat fens (which support intensive arable farming and horticulture) to chalk downland, winding rivers, heathland, man-made waterways, ancient woodland and forest. The highest point is Hastoe (nr. Tring) in Hertfordshire at 245m (803 feet). The lowest point is Holme Fen (nr. Peterborough) in Cambridgeshire which is 2.7m (9 feet) below sea level.

  • The coastline is over 250 miles (402 kilometres) long, from The Wash (England's largest tidal estuary) to the wide expanse of the River Thames. We have 39 beaches. Most of the coastline is unspoilt and slowly eroding, with low crumbling cliffs, mudflats, sand/shingle beaches, spits, saltmarshes, dunes and wide river estuaries. There are also seven key seaside destinations offering family fun and entertainment.

  • We have one National Park - The Broads of Norfolk and Suffolk; plus four 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. These are the Norfolk and Suffolk Coasts; the Dedham Vale (Essex/Suffolk borders); and The Chilterns (Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire).

  • The region is particularly noted for its traditional market towns and outstanding examples of historic architecture - flint, thatch and timber-framed buildings, plus fine country houses. There is also Britain's best collection of cathedrals and churches (round towers being a particular speciality in Norfolk and Suffolk).

  • The East of England enjoys one of the best climates in the country - it is always the first to greet every summer morning, and boasts the lowest rainfall in the UK (receiving less than 700mm a year). According to the Met Office, the region also experiences significantly more sunshine hours than the rest of the country, resulting in warm summers and mild winters.

  • There are over 650 places to visit, ranging from historic houses and gardens, to museums, steam railways and wildlife parks. Key themes of the region include aviation and maritime heritage, cycling, birdwatching, gardens and sailing. There is also a diverse arts and cultural scene with music festivals, village carnivals, county agricultural shows and more quirky events.

  • The region is known as the 'food basket of Britain' - its rich soil used to grow cereals, sugar beet, fruit and vegetables. Pork is the main meat (hams and sausages), alongside a plethora of seafood (cockles, crabs and oysters). There are also jams, mustard, wine, sea salt and fine ales - produced using the area's excellent barley crop.