VISIT SOUTHEND'S BEACHES

With seven miles of seafront, it's hardly surprising that there's a fantastic choice of beaches in Southend.

What's more, with three Blue Flags and seven Quality Coast Awards, this is one of the cleanest stretches of seaside in the UK. Build sandcastles with the kids at Leigh on Sea beach or Three Shells Beach at the heart of the seafront, or take your bucket and spade to the quieter sands of Chalkwell Beach or Jubilee Beach.

Whatever the weather the Southend seaside offers a variety of sights and sounds whether watching the varied wildlife or simply strolling along the shoreline. Watch watersports at Thorpe Bay Beach, Shoebury Common or East Beach or choose Westcliff Beach for a stroll at low water, cooling off with an ice cream from Rossi's.

At Bell Wharf in Leigh-on-Sea, sample fresh seafood from the Cockle Sheds and then wander through Old Leigh's cobbled streets.Dont forget to try City Beach - with it's refreshing fun fountains, state-of-the-art lighting columns and all manner of attractions nearby. 

SHOEBURY EAST BEACH

East Beach is a long sandy beach that is crowned with a magnificent grassy hinterland making it a superb location to enjoy a picnic. A popular part of the estuary for watersports, East Beach is home to Essex Kitesurfing Club.

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

SHOEBURY COMMON

With facilities to launch boats and jet-skis, Shoebury Common beach is the ideal location for those wanting to take part in - or for those wanting to watch - fun on the waves. Uncle Tom's Cabin offers refreshments on site, perfect for a fun day beside the seaside for all the family. Shoebury Common Beach is also ideally situated for access to Thorpe Bay, with its shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

THORPE BAY BEACH

It is the location of Southend Marine Activities Centre (SMAC), the place to go for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and many other watersports. With spectacular views of Thames estuary it is a great place for refreshing walks and for those looking for a relaxing break. Thorpe Bay has received a Quality Coast award for achieving excellence in beach cleanliness and for safe pedestrian access. With a children’s paddling pool and a selection of cafes and restaurants nearby, including some with decking leading straight onto the beach, it’s a great place for a day out at the seaside.

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

JUBILEE BEACH

It’s a busy beach, with lots going on, including boat trips. Near to Adventure Island, The Kursaal and Sea-Life Adventure, amusements, shops, plus a huge choice of cafes, Jubilee Beach is a great favourite. 

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

THREE SHELLS BEACH

Three Shells is a popular choice, particularly for families. Its central location places it at the heart of activity with Adventure Island, The Pier, High Street and numerous cafes, shops and amusements nearby. It has a fantastic play area for the kids, with shower, and low-tide paddling pool, as well as easy access to the Three Shells cafe. 

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

WESTCLIFF BEACH

Westcliff Beach (at low water) offers lovely walks, and is also superbly positioned for the world famous Rossi ice cream emporium, as well as the Archway Cafes, where you can get a delicious snack or meal - al fresco in good weather - and enjoy watching the world go by. On the shore, side by side, are Westcliff and Spielers Casinos and a short uphill walk from the coastline you can find the Cliffs Pavilion, home to outstanding entertainment all year round.

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

CHALKWELL BEACH

Great for long refreshing walks, it offers a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle. There's a number of cafe's and kiosks selling all the usual seaside treats and supplies, like buckets and spades, as well as food and drink. Chalkwell Station is just a five minute walk away. 

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

BELL WHARF BEACH

The location is close to Leigh's renowned cockle sheds where you can see the working fishing boats bring in their bounty, and then sample a taste of Southend too! Nearby there are also character pubs, a cafe and The Boatyard, a stylish restaurant that offers a true waterfront experience.

Dog Control Orders:

No dogs are allowed on Southend's beaches between 1st May and 30th September. Every person in charge of a dog (except guide dogs) who permits the dog to enter or remain on the beach during this period can be fined.

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