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    Southend Pier..

    by marsistanbul Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    At the heart of Southend is the legendary pier,the longest pleasure pier in the world.The late poet laureate Sir John Betjeman,once a frequent visitor to the town,declared: "The Pier is Southend,Southend is the Pier." One of the Pier trains is actually named after him.
    Strecthing for 1.33 miles into the Thames Estuary,the celebrated landmark was originally built from wood in around 1830 but was replaced in 1889 by a new iron pier that has suffered-and survived-perilous fires,boat crashes and two world wars.
    Today the pier attracts almost half a million visitors a year and is a unique fusion of old and new.Through many enduring features,including its pier trains,it retains a nostalgic charm for those who enjoy returning to relieve childhood memories of the seaside.
    Meanwhile its stylish award-winning entrance,renewed decking,designer seating,lighting,CCTV,customer help points,sundeck and improved access for the disabled and pushchairs have moved the attraction into the 21st century.

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    KURSAAL

    by marsistanbul Written May 31, 2008

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    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..

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    Sea-life adventure..

    by marsistanbul Written May 31, 2008

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    A short distance from the pier,you can voyage beneath the ocean waves at Sea-Life Adventure.Housing over 30 aquatic displays,with everything from sharks to starfish and stingrays..At the popular Rock Pool and HMS Sub tropical,you can discover more about the amazing creatures through a series of talks and even watch the sharks' feeding time-from the safety of the Deep Water World tunnel.
    Another point of interest is the Conservation Adventure,where you can learn about the care of marine life and how young fish are reared before they enter the aquarium.
    price: adults 6,5 pound
    children(4-14 years old) 4,95 pound

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    Adventure Island

    by marsistanbul Written May 19, 2008

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    The number one Fun Park in the Southend East,with over 40 rides and attractions.Admission free,just 'pay if u play".Superb Saver All day Wristband covers 30 rides as many times as you like.Tiny Tots version covers 18 small children's rides.Jungle Jive Cafe,Island Cafe plus food bars and other refreshment outlets.

    Days open
    Daily from 9 april to 11 september plus school half terms,Easter Bank Holiday and all weekends during winter months except 24&25 december.
    Times open
    From 11.ooam until between 5.oopm and 11.oo pm depending on time of year and weather.Check website or phone details.

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    Southend high street..

    by marsistanbul Written May 19, 2008

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    Southend High Street is a real hive of activity,streching for half a mile from Victoria Plaza to the top of Pier Hill,which links it with the seafront and main seaside attractions.
    One of the main advantages of the High Street is its close proximity to Southend's two main train stations,which bring visitors directly into the town centre.Those travelling by car are equally well served,with superb parking facilities in and around town.
    Shoppers can choose from a wide variety of stores along the pedestrianised High Str.,where famous chains and unique,independent outlets stand side by side.This excellent blend continues at both ends of the High Str.-with Victoria Plaza and Broadway at the north end and at the south end,near the seafront.The Royals Shopping Centre,here shoppers can enjoy a leisurely browse undercover,beneath the shelter of its elegant,glass domed roof.

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    Pier Hill

    by marsistanbul Written May 18, 2008

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    With stylish lighting,stainless steel furniture and tropical palms.Pier Hill's open spaces ha ve a continental air-while its many winding steps and pathways,interspersed with modern planting,allow you to enjoy meandering garden walks.
    As a leading contemporary structure Pier Hill is functinal and fun,with glass lifts providing access for wheelchairs and pushchairs whilst offering fantastic views of the Estuary.At the top is the spectacular lookout platform,completing the attraction's modern vision.It provides excellent access between the seafront and High Street..

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    sea,sand&shore..beach guide

    by marsistanbul Written May 18, 2008

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    Southend is blessed with a fine selection of quality beaches.
    1-Bell Wharf,Leigh-on-sea
    Very sandy,small beache close to historical,working fishing village.A 10 minute walk from Leigh railway station.
    2-Chalkwell Beach,Chalkwell
    Long,narrow sandy beach with Chalkwell station located at the western end.
    3-Westcliff Beach,Westcliff-on-Sea
    Long,sand/shingle beach(at low water).A 10 minute walk from Westcliff station.
    4-Three Shells Beach,Southend
    Small,sandy,family beach valeted daily.A 10 minute walk from Southend Central station.
    5-Jubilee Beach,Southend
    Sand/shingle beach streching from Southend Pier to Thorpe Bay.Pleasure boat trips available.A 15 minute walk from Southend Central station.
    6-West Beach(Shoebury Common),Shoeburyness
    Long pebble/sand beach.A 15 minute walk from Thorpe Bay station.
    7-East Beach,Shoeburyness
    Long sandy beach with grassy headland.A 5 minute walk from Shoeburyness station.

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    On the waterfront..

    by marsistanbul Written May 18, 2008

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    Stretching for seven miles from Shoeburyness to Leigh-on-Sea,the town's spectacular shoreline includes some of the finest award-winning beaches in the East of England.Any one of them is an ideal location for a relaxing stroll or picnic-allowing you take in refreshing sea breeze,enjoy the freedom of the wide open skies and marvel at the magnificent sunsets.
    There are also many secluded havens along the sea front for children to paddle and play,build sandcastles or search for shells..

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    Priory Park Museum

    by PeterVancouver Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    This museum is housed in the remains of the Cluniac Priory of St. Mary's, founded in the early 12th century by Robert fitzSuen. The Cluniac Order had been established in Burgundy (France) in 909 with the building of the great abbey of Cluny. This order, following the rule of St. Benedict, was much favoured by the nobility of the period, including the greatest landowner in south east Essex at the time, Robert fitzSuen.

    The building work began quite soon, first in wood, and by the late 12th century, in stone. While much was demolished following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, the magnificent Refectory (the dining room) has survived, although much restored, together with the Prior's Chamber and cellars below and the Cloisters. The site of the church and chapter house are marked out on adjacent lawns.

    The first private owners were Thomas Audley, soon followed by Sir Richard Rich. In fact Rich bought up a large number of previously monastic properties in the area. In the late 17th century the Priory came into the hands of the Scratton family, who remained owners and Lords of the Manor of Priors until the early 20th century. In 1917 Prittlewell Priory was bought by a local businessman, Robert Arthur Jones, who presented it to the town for use as a museum. After considerable restoration the Priory opened as Southend's first dedicated museum, in 1921, at the centre of the beautiful Priory Park.

    The museum now houses a major "communications" display, centred around the products of the EKCO (E.K. Cole) factory which used to stand in Priory Crescent, just to the north of the Priory. There are also major displays on the wildlife of south east Essex, and on the history of the Priory, including items found during excavations on the monastic site. But the most important artefacts are the buildings themselves, and especially the roofs.


    The Priory is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 5:00pm (Earlier closing when Priory Park seasonally closes at an earlier time).

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    Battlesbridge Antiques Centre

    by gabriellefox Written Mar 3, 2005

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    Battlesbridge Antiques Centre

    Its the largest Antiques centre in Essex. It has many buildings within easy walking distance of each other including a motorcycle museum and a penny arcade museum.

    The little motorcycle museum evokes an ambience of motor cycling through the ages with assorted memorabilia scattered between the classic and vintage motorcycles.

    The museum is open most Sundays between 11am - 4pm and at other times by appointment.

    Telephone 01268 561700 for details

    The Bridgebarn is home to this small 'Penny Arcade' with a roundabout, fortune-teller and 'What the Butler Saw' among others.
    All the machines are working and use the original Old Pennies. Which are available at the front desk

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    KeyMed

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 27, 2005

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    KeyMed

    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.

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    South East Essex College

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 27, 2005

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    South East Essex College

    South East Essex College relocated to its brand new campus in September 2004. Located next to Southend Central railway station and the High Street, the campus replaces the London Road and Carnarvon Road centres, which are now closed. Queens Road studio remains in use by Health and Beauty students, and East Street continues to offer adult IT and community courses.

    Facilities at the new campus include:

    26,000m² of learning space to house over 12,000 students
    an atrium accommodating a 250-seat auditorium, 'floating' dining areas, viewing balconies and attractive social and meeting areas a fully-equipped general library with IT facilities and private study areas a café open to the public alongside the entrance to the building (coming soon) state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in each learning area.

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    Southend Airshow

    by gabriellefox Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    Southend Airshow

    Over half a million people flock to Southend seafront to see the world famous Red Arrows perform over the Thames Estuary. The Westcliff Casino, sponsors of the event, and forms the axis for the display.

    The action-packed two days also features superb ground entertainment. The army and RAF town shows, flight simulators, a reverse-bungee ride, giant inflatables, craft-fayre market and various delicious food stalls all contributed to the popularity of the event and were enough to prise any eyes from the skies!

    May 2005 will mark the event’s 20th anniversary, so expect a very special show on Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday 30th May 2005!

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    Priory Museum

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Priory Museum

    This museum is housed in the remains of the Cluniac Priory of St. Mary's, founded in the early 12th century by Robert fitzSuen.

    The building work began quite soon, first in wood, and by the late 12th century, in stone. While much was demolished following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, the magnificent Refectory (the dining room) has survived, although much restored, together with the Prior's Chamber and cellars below and the Cloisters. The site of the church and chapter house are marked out on adjacent lawns.

    The museum now houses a major "communications" display, centred around the products of the EKCO (E.K. Cole) factory which used to stand in Priory Crescent, just to the north of the Priory. There are also major displays on the wildlife of south east Essex, and on the history of the Priory, including items found during excavations on the monastic site. But the most important artefacts are the buildings themselves, and especially the roofs.

    Among the most important items on display are a series of paintings; one of these, by Stephen Pearse, is of Daniel Robert Scratton, in the grounds of the Priory, and is dated 1870. The other paintings comprise a series of four large murals by Alan Sorrel, presented to the town from the 1930s.

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    Priiory Park

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Priory Park

    Priory Park, in the centre of Southend, is often overlooked by birdwatchers because of the amount of people that are always in the area due to the park's popularity with the public. Although the park is busy, the range of different species to be found within its boundaries can be surprisingly varied. Late summer, for instance, can always produce Spotted Flycatchers (a bird quite hard to find in other areas of Southend) and in the spring there is always a chance of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker which again is a bird sadly disappearing from the Borough.

    A short walk within the park will reveal some surprisingly good habitat, the most obvious being the good mix of mature trees (sadly, as this article is being written a row of trees is under threat from the road widening plans of Priory Crescent. Any loss of habitat in the local area is viewed with dismay by the South East Essex RSPB Group). The main ponds of the park are also a haven to birds in the winter months.

    Other regulars of the park include: Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Crossbill, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit and Blue Tit. Some of these species would be quite hard to find in some of our wilder habitat within the area.

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