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1. History of Southend-on-Sea
The origins of Southend-on-Sea date back as far as the Doomsday Book in 1086 when there were two manors in the area: Prittlewell and Milton. Prittlewell Manor was divided up and Prittlewell Priory was formed. The priory had lands stretching down to the seafront and by the 15th century, a landing area (the south end of the lands of the priory) became known as South End. This are...Read more
2. Now in Southend-on-Sea
Southend is the largest town in Essex and boasts the longest pleasure pier in the world. This, along with its seven miles of seafront, make it a popular place for tourists, especially those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby London. The town has award-winning beaches and is popular for watersports. The University of Essex has a campus in the heart of Southend-on-...Read more
3. Events in Southend-on-Sea
The Ganesh Hindu Festival is held every year at Shoebury East Beach and is the largest Visarjan ceremony of Lord Ganesh to take place outside of India. Thousands of people flock to the event, which takes place in September. The Out of the Box Multi Cultural Festival runs for a month in October and includes a programme of events aimed at celebrating the town's rich and diverse c...Read more
4. Attractions in Southend-on-Sea
Adventure Island is a theme park with over 60 rides and attractions including four rollercoasters as well as rides for younger children. There is a themed jungle café at the park as well as other food outlets. Southend Pier is the longest pier in the world at over 1.3 miles long. Visitors can take a railway to the end of the pier to enjoy the views and visit the RNLI lifeboat,...Read more
5. Things To Do in Southend-on-Sea
Southend Marine Activities Centre offers windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, powerboat driving and banana boat rides. Kids Kingdom is a huge indoor play centre that includes a restaurant and outdoor play equipment in the summer. Prittlewell Square is the oldest park in Southend and dates back to 1855. Visitors can enjoy ornamental gardens, a pond and a fountai...Read more
6. Business in Southend-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea town centre has a mix of high street stores and independent retailers and two indoor shopping centres - The Royals and The Victoria. Farmers' markets and craft markets take place regularly in the town and Italian, French and German markets are held on set dates. Victoria Square, in the town centre, is an area used for roadshows and promotional, community and cha...Read more
7. Transport in Southend-on-Sea
The main road into Southend is the A127, which links to the M25 as well as the A130 and A13. Trains from Southend-on-Sea run directly to London's Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street and take about 45 minutes. London Southend Airport is two miles from the town centre and has flights to various European destinations. London Stansted, London City Airport, London Gatwick Airport ...Read more
8. Entertainment in Southend-on-Sea
Palace Theatre offers a programme of live entertainment including comedy, music, drama and touring shows. Cliffs Pavilion is an entertainment complex containing a theatre and concert hall. Live shows include West End musicals, ballet, concerts and comedy. Chinnery's is the main live music venue in the town and hosts gigs by major touring acts as well as local bands. Talented lo...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Southend-on-Sea
Southend Pier, built in 1830, is the town's most famous landmark. Extensions have been added to the pier over the years, making it the longest in the world. The last addition to its length was opened in 1929 and is named the Prince George Extension.
10. Interesting Facts about Southend-on-Sea
Southend Airport has been used in films many times, including a scene in Oscar-winning movie The Queen, when Prince Charles lands in England following the death of Princess Diana. Parts of James Bond movie Goldfinger were also filmed at the airport.
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01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Leigh Folk Festival takes place in Leigh-on-Sea, on the outskirts of Southend, and claims to be the largest free folk festival in the UK. The event runs for four days in June and includes a packed line-up of live concerts by big names in the world of folk music. Da ...more
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
The Polish Arts Festival takes place in venues across Southend for 10 days in August and September. The event is a celebration of Polish food, music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature. The first festival was held in the town in 2009 and the event has been gett ...more
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South Essex diners have dug deep to raise £5,000 for a local homeless charity. Hundreds of people helped the StreetSmart campaign which aimed to help people living on the streets in the area. Southend-based Homeless Action Resource Project (Harp) worked with the...
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