Our 5 Minutes with Georgie Perkins
1. Lets introduce you with your vital stats…. What’s your name and what local business do you own?
I’m Georgie Perkins and I own Estuary Escapades.
2. Can you tell us a bit more about Estuary Escapades ? Where can we find you and what do you do?
We’re a Leigh on Sea based events company and everything we do has a focus on the local area. We create events for all ages which include family days, creative workshops, history walks, interactive scavenger hunts, birthday and bespoke events and team building days. We use local landmarks and areas to inspire a theme and hold fun events in the many beautiful local places. The area is amazingly rich in history and it deserves to be celebrated along with the living history that local people are creating everyday.
3. What have you found is key to running a successful business in leigh-on-sea?
For us, it’s having a passion for what we do and where we live. We love to work with, support and collaborate with as many local businesses as possible so building great relationships is key. We’re lucky as Leigh on Sea has a real sense of community and people genuinely enjoy building success together.
4. What made you decide on a career within your sector?
After managing the Palace Theatre for 12 years, I wanted to take some time out to spend with my family and start my own business. I’d had the idea for Estuary Escapades a few years ago but I was so busy with the theatre it wasn’t possible. I’ve always dreamed of living and working in line with my values and I absolutely adore bringing people together in a positive way and creating something I know they will love and will be a lasting memory. This area has so much to celebrate and the fascinating stories of its history are addictive and I wanted to merge these things together, along with my love of fun, adventure and being outdoors – and so Estuary Escapades was born!
5. So, a little more about the little town that we all love… Where is your favourite place in leigh-on-sea? Are you more of a broadway soul or an old town soul?
I genuinely adore everywhere but on a warm day, there’s nothing like a crisp glass of wine looking over the estuary with the beauty and history of old leigh as a backdrop!
6. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?
Germany – my family and I toured around Bavaria last year by train and I totally fell in love with it. We went to the cities as well as enjoying time way out in the mountains and the tiny towns are picture perfect, filled with friendly people and you just feel really healthy breathing in the fresh mountain air. I can’t wait to go back.
7. Can you tell us your favourite memory you hold in Leigh-on-sea?
My wedding. We got married at the beautiful St Clements Church with photo’s in Leigh Library gardens and Leigh Hill and although it rained, it was just wonderful. We had our reception at Ocean Beach in Southend as we love being by the water.
8. Do you have a favourite bar or restaurant you go to in the town and if so, which one is it and why?
There’s too many to name but I love The Oaktree Restaurant on the Leigh Road, The Corner Club & The Mayflower in Old leigh.
9. When did you last do a forward roll?
Probably about 25 years ago!
10. Finally, there any immediate exciting plans in the pipeline for Estuary Escapades that you would like to share with our leigh-on-sea.com readers?
We are really excited to be holding Children’s Summer Sessions at The Fisherman’s Wharf in Old Leigh every Tuesday & Thursday in August. Each session is 3 hours and is a drop of sessions to help parents with the juggle of holidays and work. Each week is a different theme based on the local area and includes art, drama, games & lots of fun. There’s also a beautiful take home craft from each session. Our website is www.estuaryescapades.com for more information. We’re also working with Leigh Town Council and Create 98 this summer to bring more creative sessions to Leigh on Sea