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Waking up Essex weekday mornings it's Pete Chapman at Breakfast and Simon Lewis has The Big Drive Home 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday. Phil Terry has 3 hours of 80's music on Sunday mornings with 80's Sunday and Lawrence Ladbrook plays the biggest soul classics Saturday & Sunday evenings from 7pm.


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80’s Sunday Playlist 17th September 2017

By Actual Radio | 17th September 2017

80’s Sunday with Phil Terry Playlist 17th September 2017 10am-1pm   Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting Boy George – Everything I Own Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur Art Of Noise & Tom Jones…

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Oktoberfest comes to Colchester!

By Actual Radio | 16th September 2017

This October Castle Park will be transformed into the wold famous Oktoberfest with one of Europe’s biggest touring tents coming to Colchester for the first time.     During Oktoberfest the air will be filled with…

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Nick’s Party Poppers Playlist 15th September 2017

By Actual Radio | 15th September 2017

Nick’s Party Poppers Playlist 15th September 2017   Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth Jason Donovan – When You Come Back To Me Nick Moon In The Mix – Soul 2 Soul, Snap,…

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Essex Mums Vote Colchester Castle as ‘Best Museum’ in 2017 Awards

By Actual Radio | 13th September 2017

Colchester Castle has received the ‘Best Museum’ award in the well-recognised Essex Mums online awards this year. Overcoming tough competition from around the county, the win highlighted the Castle’s range of educational and interactive displays for…

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Colchester to be transformed into a giant walking and cycling game this autumn

By Actual Radio | 28th August 2017

Colchester to be transformed into a giant walking and cycling game this autumn   Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Colchester from September as the town is transformed into a giant…

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Colchester Car Parking

Great value parking for summer in Colchester

By Actual Radio | 14th August 2017

Choose Colchester this summer, with great value parking in Colchester Borough Council’s car parks to help everyone enjoy the holidays.   There’s so much on offer in Colchester to keep families from across the Borough and…

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Colchester Pride 2017

Simon Baldock talks to Tess, orgainser of Colchester Pride 2017

By Actual Radio | 9th August 2017

Preparations are well underway for Colchester Pride 2017 the first event of its kind in Colchester which is taking place at Firstsite on the 19th August 2017 and Actual Radio will be there.   As well…

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Essex County Councillor Dave Blackwell is Dave the Gardener on Actual Radio Essex

Dave the Gardener August 2017

By Actual Radio | 4th August 2017

Dave Blackwell is Dave the Gardener on Actual Radio. Dave is with us Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30am with your gardening hints and tips.   In the August edition Dave talks about how before…

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Grays and Thurrock Model Boat Club

Simon Baldock Talks to the Grays and Thurrock Model Boat Club

By Actual Radio | 1st August 2017

The Grays and Thurrock Model Boat Club has been in existence since 1906 and is considered one of the oldest in the country. Actual Radio’s Simon Baldock has been down to their home at Belhus Country…

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