There's so much more besides the seaside in Southend-on-Sea,
you'll need to stay longer than you think...
Here you'll find all the traditional seaside pleasures along the seven glorious miles of seafront; but you won't find a Pleasure Pier like ours anywhere else. Thrill-seekers rejoice with our vast range of watersports, at the Marine Activities Centre – ride the rollercoasters at Adventure Island or discover a world of watery wonder at the Sea-Life Adventure Aquarium, all a stone’s throw from the seafront.
If you love to shop, then you’ll love Southend-on-Sea. Our Town Centre is a unique shopping destination with a variety of quirky independent boutiques and ‘big name’ high street stores, and with over three hundred mouth-watering places to eat and a dazzling live music and nightlife scene, you really are spoilt for choice.
All of this, just an hour's train ride from London, and although we’re easy to reach by rail, road or air, with the development of the London Southend Airport, it gets harder and harder to leave, which is why it’s lucky we have a great range of accommodation to suit every need and budget. From big name hotel chains, to boutique guest houses and bed and breakfasts. There really is no reason to leave Southend-on-Sea, UK.
The Visit Southend Tourist Information website can help you to plan every aspect of your visit.
24th May - 6th June
Featuring a range of family fun events around Southend to celebrate all to do with the sea, it's industries and it's pleasures! From visiting tallships, to taster sessions in watersports, there's something for everyone!
Cricket Festival9th - 22nd June
The renowned Southend Cricket Festival returns for another year, with a packed programme of exciting matches. For details on games, tickets and times, click below or visit their website.
Leigh Folk Festival
27th - 30th June
One of the largest free Folk Festivals in the UK, Leigh Folk Festival is set to be another amazing weekend. Featuring top name folk acts, live music, dance, food, and all nestled in Old Leigh's quaint cobbled streets.
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Throughout the year
Southend-on-Sea has a fantastic 'feast' of festivals and events scheduled throughout the year, from the Southend Film Festival, to the Carnival and Village Green, there's always something great going on for the whole family, whatever the weather! and whatever the budget!