Glorious Southend on Sea has mile after mile of sea front (7 miles in fact) and is a popular tourist resort. It is a haven for people wanting a summer holiday as it is officially the driest and warmest part of the United Kingdom.
Southend is the home to the longest pier in the world, an amazing 1.33 miles long (just over 2 km). The pier itself is a great draw for locals and tourists; here you can walk to the end or take a train (it really is that long!). The view, a 360 degree sea vista is amazing and there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied, including shops, the RNLI station, sea fishing and pleasure boats.
The beaches are well looked after and clean, so while away an afternoon bathing, building sandcastles or playing cricket on one of three blue flag beaches. Try some fresh local seafood or a cool ice cream or get adventurous with water sports.
Adventure Island, Southend is a theme park for the whole family with adventure rides, thrill rides and children’s rides. Enjoy the entertainment on offer and take advantage of the cafes and stalls. This park has been voted the UK’s number 1 free admission theme park. If it all gets a bit much, explore some of the town’s green spaces. There are plenty of parks to enjoy, including gardens, sports fields and landscaped areas. There are floral displays throughout the year and the rose garden in Chalkwell Park is very highly commended by the National rose Society. The Cliff Gardens give an amazing view over the Thames Estuary and the best views are reached using the cliff lift so put that fear of heights on hold – it will be worth it.
Children and adults alike will love the Sea Life Adventure, a themed aquarium which has animals from the Thames estuary as well as a tropical area (including the ever popular sharks). New-born animals and those who need extra care are to be found in the nursery where you can watch them grow under the careful eye of the experts. Lots of events, exhibitions and promotions make the aquarium a constantly changing arena for education and entertainment.