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Christmas Shopping Guide

Christmas is the time for giving. Southend is the place to visit for all your festive shopping needs! From craft fairs to farmers markets to our five shopping districts there's sure to be something for everyone!

Take a look at our guide below and start shopping.

Browse our Christmas Markets

Shopping in Leigh-on-Sea

The Broadway and Leigh Road Shopping districts are two of the most diverse shopping streets in the Borough, with a range of individual shops, including butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers and much more. The alleyways through the shops in Broadway West lead to Rectory Grove and more shops, whilst Elm Road gives access to the Community Centre where you can find a monthly Farmers’ Market.

Shopping in Westcliff

Hamlet Court Road, in the heart of Westcliff-on-Sea, has a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. This cosmopolitan street of independent retailers provides an eclectic mix of shops. These include vintage shops, cafes, florists, bakers, a greengrocers, jewellers and a wool shop, many offering online shopping services. High street names Boots, Cooperative, Greggs, Post Office, Sainsbury’s, Savers, Tesco and Wimpy are also represented.

Shopping in Central Southend

Southend-on-Sea is home to two shopping centres, Royals Shopping Centre and The Victoria Shopping Centre, plus a host of independent retailers and big name stores that offer everything from cards to clothes, toys to toiletries, bikes to bedding, and everything in between. With plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and leisure activities to choose from too, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy a great day of shopping by the seaside.

Shopping in Southchurch

Southchurch lies between the Kursaal and Thorpe Bay. It’s very much a working retail area, but has many independent outlets with an eclectic selection of gifts.

Shopping in Thorpe Bay

Thorpe Bay Broadway is a very pleasant row of shops in the heart of Thorpe Bay, offering everything from a cup of coffee to a cruise around the world. The Broadway has a lot more than you may imagine from a great range of independent businesses that are an asset to this community.

Getting here

It couldn't be easier to visit Southend! Southend has two direct trainlines. There are also two major roads which link Southend to the M25, the A127 and A13 Take a look at our dedicated page to discover your preferred transport.

Free parking across the Borough returns this festive season

All council run car parks across the Borough will be free on Thursdays after 4pm for late-night shopping and all day on Sundays until Christmas. The free festive parking offer will start on Thursday 2 December and runs up to and including Thursday 23 December.

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