Southchurch Hall Museum
13th-14th century timber-framed moated manor house with Tudor,Stuart and Victorian times...Period room settings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.Exhibition of history of house and manor.Attractive gardens and ornamental ponds.
Days Open:Tue-Sat 10.oo-13.oo 14.oo-17.00 except Public Holidays.
During term time school are given priority to the museum in the mornings so it is advisible to phone in advance of your visit to check if Museum will be open.
Adjacent to the seafront is the famous Kursaalrestored to its former lory.This major family entertaintment centre is impossible to miss and its magnificent domed roof..
Once inside,you'll find a lively atmosphere and variety of activities to keep you entertained.State of the art ten-pin bowling dominates the venue,with 30 lanes to choose from,while an excellent American Pool centre provides a challenge of a different kind.
An impressive assortment of games for the whole family can be found in the Mardi Gras Amusements area,while casino style games for the over-18's are provided by Jackpot Palace.
Other highlights include Uncle Sam's Diner and the Bowlers Arm Sports Bar,which both offewr food and drink to enjoy before or after your choice or activity.There are also the Balcony Bar upstairs,which can be hired for private functions..
Situated in a prime position on Southend's famous cliffs,the Cliffs Pavilion is the region's favorite touring venue and concert hall,with a capacity of 1630 and stand-up capacity of 2000 which includes designated areas for wheelchair users.
The venue's reputation as a leading entertaintment complex is perfectly demonstrated by the long list of top performers who have graced the main auditorium's stage over the years,including Paul McCartney,BB King,Johnny Cash..
Touring West End musicals such as Blood Brothers,Jesus Christ Superstar and Buddy have all chosen the Cliff for its superb facilities,while the auditorium has also played host to various classical music and international ballet performances.
Top-class entertaintment continues in the Maritime Room,which houses the Jazz Bar Club and programmes of alternative comedy.Elsewhere the Cliffs' Foyer Bar offers fantastic views across the Estuary,which can be enjoyed at any time of day over a drink or snack..
Admiral Nelson's link!
This hotel has a bit of history, best explained on the plaque on the other side of the road (Royal Terrace), next to the gardens.
There is a hotel wing named in honour of Princess Alexandra, from the time she used to visit there.
"Longest pier in the world!"
See it to believe it!
"Pretty gardens with views over the waters"
Southend on Sea, Essex.
"My Former Home Town"
Thought I should write a little about my Former home town, which is not known as the greatest travel destination in the world, but does have a few sights worth a mention.
Southend on Sea is a Seaside town situated some 40 miles to the North East of London on the Essex coast.
Probably most famous for it's pier, which at just under a mile and a half is the longest pleasure pier in the world. It is possible to walk the full length of this pier, or catch the little train that runs up and down for those less able, or willing to take this hike.
The usual array of Seaside attractions, which include a fair size pleasure park, arcades, fast food outlets and public houses can be found along it's coast road.
There are many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments along the coast, so accomodation is not that hard to find.
The town centre has it's fair share of household name shops situted in the main high street shopping centre known as the Royals. There is also many pubs and restaurants
catering for all tastes and age groups.
"Along the Sea Front"
Early evening as the sun sets is a nice time to walk along the seafront, especially if it has been a nice day. There is a Cycle and footpath that streches for a good few miles that is a pleasure to ride or walk along.
Being so close to the East of London, Southend attracts many people who come to the seaside on day trips to get away from the rigours of life in the big city. The beaches while not being the best in the world are still a safe and clean place for children, both young and old. Deckchairs line the promenade full of people taking in some fresh sea air and warming sunshine on the hotter days.