Essex Southend Cricket Festival
This year Essex Country Cricket Club heads to its touring venue of Garon Park for a packed week of competition.
Between Wednesday 3rd August and Sunday 7th August,the glorious setting will get its first taste of this summer event,where top-class cricket and family entertaintment combine.
Tickets can be purchased via the Cliff Pavilion box office.
The Cliffs Pavilion, opened in 1964, is the largest purpose-built performing arts complex in Essex and joint second largest in East Anglia.
Enlarged in 1991/1992 to incorporate the addition of balcony seats and a foyer bar, the 1630 seat auditorium (the largest theatre in East Anglia) provides a complete cross-section of live entertainment throughout the year to appeal to all interests within the community. These include:
West End musicals
The largest pantomime in the South East
For those who have a keen eye for exceptional works of art,the Beecroft Gallery in Westcliff and the Focal Point Gallery at Southend Central Museum keep the town's visitor in the picture all year around.
The Beecroft has a varied collection ranging from 17th Century Dutch paintings to contemporary works,while at Focal Point the very best of photographic,video and digital art is on display.
Elsewhere,within the artistic community of Leigh-on-Sea,there are many more smaller,independent galleries that are well worth a look.Amongst them are the Paris-Art Gallery.which hosted prominent local and nationally renowned artist in recent times.The Estuary Gallery and the Lynn Tait Gallery.
Beecroft Gallery open from 10.00am-13.oopm 14.oopm-17.oopm
tuesdays to saturdays.They are closed sundays,mondays and bank holidays.
Formed in 1970, KeyMed has grown from a staff of four to become firmly established as an international leader in the manufacture and supply of specialised medical and industrial equipment.
Today, the company employs over 900 people at its purpose-built headquarters in
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, its branch offices in Scotland, and subsidiaries in the USA, Ireland and Plymouth, Devon.
You can call to make an appointment if you are interested in a tour to see how the East meets West philosophy is working for one of the most successful businesses in the town.
Poor Southend has been struggling to shake of its image of "Kiss-me-Quick " and candy floss for some time but as a popular seaside resort it is finding it difficult.
The area has seen significant changes and investment but at the end of the day it is a tourist resort as well as business and cultural centre.
Southend-on-Sea is the largest town in Essex, with a population of around 176,000. Located at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, the town is the closest resort to London, being only 40 miles east of the capital.
Southend is a busy tourist destination and shopping centre, with a world famous Pier, 7 miles of sea and foreshore, with all its associated leisure facilities and attractions, excellent shopping facilities and numerous restaurants, wine bars and pubs. There are two direct railway lines to London, and the M25 motorway is less than half an hour away. In addition, it also has its own airport.
Southend currently has nothing much better to offer that 3 star accomodation but many of the B&B and hotels offer traditional clean and comfortable accomodation with seaviews for the duration of your stay.
There are plans for more modern hotels and business facilities but nothing is ready just yet. The town is making steady head way into the C21st though and it is worth coming to see her in her Victorian glory.
There is so much to keep you occupied through the day and night here. The shopping is good and is based around the High Street which leads down toward the sea. Drop off your shopping and have some lunch at one of the many restaurants in the town. Take a walk along the Pier and a stroll towards Rossis Ice cream parlour for a snack. Go back to your hotel and get washed and brushed up for dinner and a night on the town.