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Summer Travel Guide

Now that lockdown restrictions are lifting, we’re delighted to be able to welcome you back to Southend.

Whether you’re a resident, a seaside regular or this is your first visit, we want to make sure you have an enjoyable time here so please #VisitSouthendSafely.

Before you visit be sure to check out our handy tips below to ensure you make the most of your time here.

Before you come to Southend

  • Check what’s open | As from 17th May all our attractions and places to eat are now open, but with restrictions in place on numbers and booking. If you’re planning a long-awaited trip to Southend, be sure to check with each place you intend to visit so you’re not disappointed. If possible book tickets to attractions such as Sea-Life Adventure and Adventure Island now, it’ll save you money too!
  • Pay for Parking by Phone | Avoid the queues at ticket machines (and the inevitable hunt for change) by paying for your parking before your visit with the handy Mobon app, available on IOS and Android. For a full list of car parks visit the Southend Council website.
  • Look out for the Good to Go sign | Last year, VisitEngland launched a UK-wide ‘We’re Good to Go‘ industry standard and supporting mark to provide a ring of confidence for visitors. Several Southend businesses have signed up to the scheme, demonstrating that they have all the necessary COVID-19 measures in place and have carried out a risk assessment. Look out for the logo when you’re deciding where to go.
  • Plan ahead | If you’re planning a staycation for a night or two, we advise you to start planning your trip now as demand is expected to be high. There’s plenty of places to stay in and around Southend, with hotels, guest houses and self-catering options that suit every budget.

When you’re in Southend

  • Remember Hands, Face, Space | Although lockdown restrictions have eased we still need to be mindful of social distancing… and don’t forget your face mask!
  • Stop by the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) | The Visitor Information Centre is located at Southend Pier. Our friendly assistants can offer their expert knowledge on all our attractions, places to eat, events and travel information. Plus, there’s plenty of Southend merchandise on offer, along with souvenirs to remind you of your visit.
  • Help make Southend Sparkle | Southend boasts seven miles of beaches and dozens of parks and open spaces. After the last year being stuck indoors it’s understandable that people want to explore the great outdoors, especially now that travel restrictions have eased. All we ask is that you follow the Government guidance, and either dispose of your litter responsibly or take it home with you. Please help us keep Southend clean and tidy.
  • Explore more of the coast | In peak times, the central seafront gets extremely busy and it could become difficult to maintain social distancing. We recommend taking full advantage of our spectacular seven miles of coastline and find another beach spot further along to spend the day. Why not head to Shoebury East Beach where you can watch the kite-surfers whizz across the water, or nestle between the picture-postcard beach huts at Thorpe Bay?
  • Be aware of the tide | Before heading into the water, be sure to check the tide times. The water comes in very quickly and before you know it, you’re cut off from the shore. If you see anyone in distress dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. HM Coastguard Southend and Southend RNLI have more tips of enjoying the water safely, or check out our Beach Safety Guide.
  • Use contactless payments | While we can’t deny a bit of change can come in handy (for an ice cream or two), many of our businesses offer contactless payment options. If you’re travelling around Southend, Arriva offer contactless payment on their buses, making your visit a contactless dream!

Need some inspiration?

If you still need some convincing on whether to plan your staycation here, check out our 'Weekend in Southend' guide for some inspiration, and see how much you can cram into a weekend!

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