Almost 170 women and girls in Southend enjoyed an action packed day at the first ever This Girl Can Essex festival.

From hula hooping and clubbercise to Zumba and yoga, the free festival offered taster sessions for a range of sports with the aim of encouraging girls and women to try something new or take their first steps to becoming more active in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

The festival was held at Hamstel Junior School, Southend, and was one of four that took place around the county organised by This Girl Can Essex ambassadors.

Other taster sessions included HIIT, boxercise, and circuits and there was also the opportunity to get a free health check.

There are now more than 350 This Girl Can Essex ambassadors across Essex who inspire women in their local community to get active.