Southend is known for its traditional British seaside attractions and events. In the Summer months, tourists flock from all over to enjoy the sun, the sea and the sand. With miles of beach stretching from Leigh-on-Sea to Shoeburyness, Southend seaside is brimming with summer adventures to be had. Southend offers a huge range of seaside activities, everything from an amusement park and sealife centre to kitesurfing and cockle collecting, as well as other marine activities.
The central, most popular beaches, Three Shells, Jubilee and City Beach, are populated with seaside cafés, arcades and cliff gardens that overlook the seafront. Not to mention Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world.
Every year, Southend is home to several seaside festivals. The most popular being the famous Southend Air Show, one of the largest free air festivals in all of Europe with spectacular aerobatic displays over the water front.
Beaches along the Southend seafront include: Bellwharf Beach; Chalkwell Beach; Jubilee Beach; Shoebury Common Beach; Shoebury East Beach; Thorpe Bay Beach; Westcliff Beach; Three Shells Beach; and City Beach.
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