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Autumn is well underway, Christmas is just around the corner and there’s loads of festive fun to be had in Southend!

Southend has a wide range of attractions making it a great place to visit. From relaxing on the 7 miles of beautiful beaches to an adrenaline-filled trip to Adventure Island, there’s something for everyone! Check out our Fun-filled Family Weekend guide to help you plan a weekend trip now and keep the kids entertained!

Even if the weather isn’t looking great there’s still loads to do! You can visit our indoor attractions, which includes our intriguing Museums and Art Galleries, as well as cinemas and arcades.

And when it’s time to eat there’s much more to food in Southend that just fish and chips – although they are pretty delicious! We’ve got a fantastic mix of fine dining and family friendly restaurants and of course being by the sea, we have some fabulous fresh seafood!

Some venues may still be operating with restrictions in place, please check ahead before you visit.

Seafront Fireworks

Fizz, Pop, Bang, whooo! After missing a season last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s free Southend Seafront Fireworks are back!

Wrap up warm, round up your friends and family and head on down to the seafront every Saturday night during October and November. Embrace the exciting atmosphere, the smell of chips, the sounds of Adventure Island, the buzz of the seafront arcade machines.

Each display lasts approx. ten minutes but that’s plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular night sky. Start practicing your oooohhhs and ahhhhhs now!

What's On in Southend?

Leigh Pop Up Christmas Market

Leigh Community Centre
Thu 12.00am

The Crooked Billet Christmas Craft Market

The Crooked Billet
Thu 12.00am

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

My First Metal Gig

The Cricketers Pub
Thu 12.00am

Improv Tales

Twenty One
Thu 12.00am from £8.00

Essex Christmas Wonderland

Garon Park
Thu 12.00am

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Father Christmas at the Priory

Prittlewell Priory
Thu 12.00am from £12.00

Leigh Library Gardens Festive Event

Leigh Library Gardens
Thu 12.00am

Live Poetry Reading by Ruth Hazel

TOMA Project Space
Thu 12.00am

Creative Writing Workshop with Ruth Hazel

TOMA Project Space
Thu 12.00am

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Cinderella

Cliffs Pavilion

Santa on the Pier

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15

Yuletide Tales & Tunes

Twenty One
Thu 12.00am from £8.00

Santa on the Pier

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15

Santa on the Pier

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15

Christmas Farmers’ Market

Leigh Community Centre
Thu 12.00am

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00
Santa Paws

Santa Paws

Prittlewell Priory
Thu 12.00am from £5.00

Christmas Storytime

Westcliff Library

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Community Carol Concert

Priory Park
Thu 12.00am

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Santa on Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Santa on the Pier***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Santa on the Pier ***SOLD OUT***

Southend Pier & Railway
Thu 12.00am from £15.00

Secrets To Saving Money LIVE!

Cliffs Pavilion
Thu 12.00am

Horror on Sea

Park Inn by Radisson Palace

The Jersey Boys – Who Loves You

The Royal Hotel
Thu 12.00am from £45

Concert Series: Four Girls Four Harps

Southend Christian Fellowship Plaza Centre
Thu 12.00am from £10

Fastlove

Cliffs Pavilion
Thu 12.00am from £30.50

Concert Series: Craig Ogden – Guitar

Southend Christian Fellowship Plaza Centre
Thu 12.00am from £10

Concert Series: Philharmonia Chamber Players

Southend Christian Fellowship Plaza Centre
Thu 12.00am from £10

Concert Series: Gregory Walmsley & Lauma Skride

Southend Christian Fellowship Plaza Centre
Thu 12.00am from £10

Concert Series: Peter Donohoe – Piano

Southend Christian Fellowship Plaza Centre
Thu 12.00am from £10

Concert Series: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Southend Christian Fellowship Plaza Centre
Thu 12.00am from £10
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