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Things to do in Southend on Sea

A popular, traditional seaside resort in close proximity to London

Are you looking for things to do in Southend? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Southend Pier


Did you know...

  • At 1.34 miles Southend Pier is the longest in the world.
  • The mystery of Thomas Richman’s buried treasure has gone unsolved since 1780. It is suppose to be buried somewhere in Essex.
  • Since 1986, a diesel-hydraulic railway has run the length of Southend pier, replacing the electric service which opened in 1890.



 

  Attractions

Southend Pier

Famous pier full of fun and attractions.
Western Esplanade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1EE

01702618747

 

Sealife Adventure Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium and underwater adventure.
Eastern Esplanade
Southend on Sea
SS1 2ER

01702442211

 

Southend Planetarium

Unique planetary family attraction.
Central Museum
Victoria Avenue
SS2 6EW

 

Southend Cliff Railway

Take a pleasurable journey on an iconic feature of Southend's rich heritage with fantastic views of the pier and estuary.
Western Esplanade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1EE

 

Prittlewell Priory

Prittlewell Priory is set in the heart of one of the town's most beautiful parks Priory park.
Victoria Avenue
Southend on Sea
SS2 6BN

01702212345

Recommended by Harry Grove, Southend

 

Lost City Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf is a two 9-hole course mini-golf complex situated at Adventure Island above the Jungle Jive restaurant.
Adventure Island
Western Esplanade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1EE

 

Adventure Island Theme Park

Great family day out.
Western Esplanade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1EE

01702443400

Recommended by Dave Rogers, Ipswich
“Great fun for all the family, as long as it's not raining!”

 

Essex Karting

Indoor go-karting centre.
13 Brook Road
Rayleigh
SS6 7XL

01268777765

 

Fantasy Island

Welcome to Canvey Island’s greatest indoor and outdoor family entertainment centre. Located right on the seafront.
Eastern Esplanade
Canvey Island
Essex
SS8 7DN

01268683026

 

Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm

Visit a commercial farm and place of natural beauty, committed to environmental and social progress.
Castle Lane
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 2AP

01702426260

Recommended by Lucy Springer, Colchester

 

Rayleigh Windmill FREE

The Rayleigh Windmill is an award-winning tourist and educational attraction, and popular venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.
1 Hilary Crescent
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 8NB

 

Mangapps Railway Museum

Privately owned working railway and museum established on a farm at Burnham on Crouch, Essex.
Burnham-on-Crouch
Essex
CM0 8QG

01621784898

 

Hadleigh Castle

English Heritage - The romantic ruins of a royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes. Hadleigh was begun in about 1215.
near Hadleigh
Essex
SS7 2AP

 

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf

18-hole crazy golf course.
Eastern Esplanade
Southend On Sea
SS1 2ES

 

Rayleigh Mount FREE

National Trust - Norman motte and bailey remains.
Rayleigh
SS6 7ED

 

Southend On Sea Paintball

Outdoor paintball centre.
Potash Wood
Hall Road
SS4 1PL

 
 

  Museums

Beecroft Art Gallery

This unique gallery is situated at the top of Cliffs Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea.
Station Road
Westcliff-on-Sea
SS0 7RA

 

Southend Central Museum

Central Museum houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology.
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
SS2 6EW

 

Castle Point Transport Museum FREE

Enter the museum and travel back in time to a world of Transport.
105 Point Road
Canvey Island
Essex
SS8 7TD

 
 

  Parks

Churchill Gardens FREE

Secluded and peaceful ornamental gardens with stream and waterfall.
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
SS2 6NE

 

Prittlewell Square FREE

Prittlewell Square is Southend's oldest surviving public park located in a lovely Victorian Square.
Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1DW

 

Priory Park FREE

Priory Park is large park covering 18 hectares with a wide range of facilities for all the family.
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
SS2 6NB

 

Southend Cliff Gardens FREE

A blend of formal and informal gardens with beautiful views across the Thames Estuary.
Western Esplanade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1EE

 

Lion Creek And Lower Raypits Nature Reserve FREE

This 161 acre reserve is a former creek on the southern shore of the Crouch estuary.
Canewdon village
Canewdon
Essex
SS4 2EY

 

Shoebury Park FREE

With playing fields and a wide range of sports facilities including tennis, football, basketball, cricket and a bowling green.
Elm Road
Shoeburyness
SS3 9PB

 

Southchurch Park FREE

This popular local park lies very close to the seafront and boasts a wide range of sports pitches, formal gardens, model boat lake.
Northumberland Crescent / Lifstan Way
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 2XB

 

Little Haven Nature Reserve FREE

This 92 acre nature reserve is leased from the Little Haven's Children's Hospice. It supports a variety of habitats.
Thundersley
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 2LH

 

Two Tree Island Nature Reserve FREE

This 640 acre island is situated south of Leigh on Sea train station. The island itself consists of grassland, scrub, reedbed.
Leigh on Sea
Essex
SS9 2GB

 

Blue House Farm Nature Reserve FREE

This 600 acre farm is situated on the north bank of the River Crouch. It has been managed by Essex Wildlife Trust since 1998.
Fambridge Road
North Fambridge
Essex
CM3 6NA

 

Stow Maries Halt Nature Reserve FREE

This 5.5 acre reserve consists of the former Stow Maries Halt on the disused Maldon to South Woodham Ferrers railway line.
Stow Maries
Essex
CM3 6SJ

 

Tile Wood Nature Reserve FREE

This 16 acre reserve is one of the earliest ancient woods to have been recorded in south-east Essex.
Thundersley
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 2UW

 

Marsh Farm Country Park FREE

The country park is an ideal place to stretch your legs and explore the scenic riverside paths along the sea wall.
Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham Ferrers
Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 5WP

 

St. Laurence Park FREE

St. Laurence Park reflects the rural countryside with many wildflowers meadows, grass paths and native tress and shrub planting.
Eastwoodbury Lane
Leigh-on-Sea
SS2 6UH

 

Southchurch Hall Gardens FREE

Southchurch Hall and Gardens is a small public park covering approximately 2 hectares.
Woodgrange Drive
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 2TE

 

Eastwood Park FREE

Playing fields with an area of lawn sheltered by ornamental shrub borders. 3 Football pitches, 5-a-side football, basketball court.
Rayleigh Road
Eastwood
SS9 5XE

 

Gunners Park And Shoebury Ranges Nature Reserve FREE

Incorporates the Shoebury Old Ranges Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Coastguard Station Grounds Local Wildlife Site.
Shoebury
Essex
SS3 9FD

 

Edwards Hall Park FREE

Edwards Hall Park comprises of four fields - Eight acres, Fishpond, Little Brooklands and Great Brooklands.
Green Lane
Eastwood
SS9 5AD

 

Frankland Fields Nature Reserve FREE

A public footpath skirts the boundary which forms part of the ‘Woodham Ring’ a popular route for dog walkers and bird watchers.
Marsh Farm Road
Chelmsford
CM3 5WD

 

Chalkwell Park FREE

A park with beautiful ornamental gardens, colourful bedding displays, an environment garden, a courtyard style sun garden.
London Road
Chalkwell
SS0 8NB

 

Belfairs Woodland Centre FREE

A new Woodland Centre is currently being constructed in Belfairs Park, Southend-on-Sea.
Eastwood Road North
Leigh on Sea
SS9 4LR

 

Gunners Park FREE

A large park which retains a semi-wild character with natural grassland and scrub providing habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Campfield Road / Ness Road
Shoeburyness
SS3 9BX

 

Barton’s Point Coastal Park FREE

Barton’s Point Coastal Park is an attractive park with walking trails, cycle paths and bridle ways.
Marine Parade
Sheerness
Kent
ME12 2BX

 

Pound Wood Nature Reserve FREE

This 55 acre reserve was acquired by Essex Wildlife Trust in 1993 and is one of the largest remaining areas of ancient woodland.
Daws Heath Road, Thundersley
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 2UW

 
 

  Beaches

Thorpe Bay FREE

Situated at the far end of the seafront away from the hustle and bustle, where you can bring your own kite surf or jet ski.
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 3BA

Recommended by Ollie Jones, Norwich

 

Minster Leas Beach FREE

A long sand and shingle beach facing north-east on the Isle of Sheppey. Backed by marshes and the small historic town of Minster.
Sheerness
ME12 2EG

 

Sheerness Beach FREE

A substantial sea defence wall, which forms the promenade, is a distinctive characteristic of this gently sloping sand and shingle beach at the mouth of the Thames and Medway estuaries.



 
 

  Bowling

Broadway Superbowl

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
258 Leigh Road
Essex
SS9 1BW

 

CJ's Bowling

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Eldon Way
Hockley
SS5 4AD

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Southend On Sea

Multi-screen cinema.
The Broadway
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1TJ

03330144501

 
 

  Theatre

Cliffs Pavilion Strictly Confidential

Following the continued success of BBC One's ratings-winning Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood's brand new show.
Station Road
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS0 7RA

 
 

  Live Music

Chimnerys

Southend's Premier Live Music Venue.
21-22 Marine Parade
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 2EJ

01702467305

 
 

  Golf

Sheerness Golf Club

Sheerness Golf Club was formed in 1909 and is a traditional private member's club situated on the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary, Kent.
Power Station Road
Sheerness
Kent
ME12 3AE

01795-662585

 

Thorpe Hall Golf Club

Golf Club.
Thorpe Hall Avenue
Thorpe Bay
Essex
SS1 3AT

 

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club

Nestling in the Crouch valley lies Burnham-on-Crouch Golf Club, a friendly and relaxed Members Club where new Members, Societies and Visitors are always assured of a warm welcome.
Ferry Road
Creeksea
Burnham-on-Crouch
Essex
CM0 8PQ

 

Rochford Hundred Golf Club

Golf Club.
Rochford Hall
Hall Road
Rochford
Essex
SS4 1NW

 

Three Rivers Golf & Country Club

Golf Club.
Stow Road
Cold Norton
Nr Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 6RR

 
 

  Leisure centres

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
Thamesgate House
33-41 Victoria Avenue
SS2 6DF

08445712935

Recommended by Billy Hill, Southend

 

Sheppey Leisure Complex

With a Fitness Suite, Workout Classes, Swimming Pool and Healthy Living Centre (HLC) there is a wide range of activities available.
Off the Broadway
Sheerness
Kent
ME12 1HH

 

LA Fitness

Health and fitness club.
33 Shoebury Road
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 3RB

01702586466

 

David Lloyd

Gym, tennis, health and fitness club.
Snakes Lane
Southend-on-Sea
SS2 6XT

01702520355

 
 

  Water sports

Aqua Pigs

Learn to scuba dive.
76 Midhurst Avenue
Westcliff-on-Sea
SS0 0NR

01702395395

 
 

  Sport

Rollacity

Indoor roller skating centre.
12 Purdeys Way
Rochford
SS4 1ND

 

Essex Kitesurf School

Learn to kitesurf.
East Beach Park
Shoeburyness
SS3 9AD

 

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