Leigh-on-Sea Travel Guide
Things to Do
Things to Do
Lovely place to visit as a day trip from London or long weekend. Good shopping and theatres and beach bars to keep you fed and watered.
In a nutshell
Escape from the Madness of London for some relaxation
17.Leigh Folk festival
In 2008 music and dance will join together for the 17th Leigh Folk Festival in June(26th-29th June 2008),a perennial favourite with local residents and visitors.Billed as the largerst free festival in the country.It's and excellent blend of sights and sounds that must not be...
Leigh Art Trail..
Leigh has long been home to a talented artistic community and for a week each year their diverse range of work is sold and displayed from homes,studios,galleries,local shops and restaurants.Now in its twelfth year the Trail has grown into one of the country's major cultural...
Because of Leighs close promximity to Southend I have listed the majority of Must See Activities on my Soutjhend-on-Sea pages.
Leigh grew in size during the Middle Ages as an important shipping route to London and as a major ship building community. But with the decline of shipbuilding, the fishing and cockling industries took over in the town.This legacy lives on today in Leigh's Old Town....
Details of the Norman Keep - the tower
Not all of the Norman Keep was the wall outlines on the ground. There was part of the tower still remaining. I couldn't just look down, I had to look up and take a picture. I cannot imagine the work involved in building such a durable building. I wonder if they had any idea...
History overlooking the Estuary
My friends took us up to the ruin of a Norman Keep overlooking the estuary, sparkling in the distance.As a North American, I find the fact of there being any sort of remainder of something as old as the Norman period (12th century) very fascinating. As a former history...
The Peter Boat: One for the Summer
The Peter Boat is located down by the Thames Estuary in the old part of Leigh on Sea. It's a quaint, picturesque area, and very popular with tourists during the summer months. Visitors can stroll around the little gift shops and galleries, eat fish and chips or fresh...
Il Gattopardo: Opulent dining
If you would like a gastronomic dining experience and have time to savour the fine wine and appreciate being waited on by experienced staff then this is the place for you.
Everything is fantastic from their steaks to grilled fish. Don't forget to leave room for their...
Talk Nightclub: Where the brave and beautiful go
If you are aged between 18 - 25 and love to dance to 2am then this is the place for you.Regular guest DJs and theme nights keep this club fresh.Thursday night - Cheesy party nightFriday - Young and beautifulSaturday - Commercial hits and dancefloor anthems
Talk Nightclub: One of the busiest clubs in Essex
Talk is a great dance club designed for 18 - 30 year olds to boogie the night away. It is a favourite venue for my daughter, Sabrina (19) and her friends to go when they all come back from University. Sometimes mother will tag along too but I always have a good night. It is...
Kursaal: Bowling at the Kursaal
The Kursaal Bowl in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, houses 30 Ten Pin Bowling lanes with state of the art automated scoring.The Kursaal Bowl is the premier ten pin bowling centre in Essex, and offers a whole host of entertainment including pool, amusements, bars, jackpot machines,...
Vie Bar: Popuar Bar / Restaurant
Vie Bar is a great place for food and drink. It is one of our favourite place to meet before a night out on the town.
Smart Casual Clothing
Southend has two main line stations running into it from London. You can either catch a train from Liverpool Street - Southend Victoria, which is at the top of the High Street. Alternatively you can catch a train from Fenchurch Street which hugs the coast stopping at Benfleet, Leigh, Chalkwell, Westcliff, and Southend Central which is in the middle of the High Street towards the seafront. The train service terminates at Shoebury.
Written Feb 26, 2005
Gridley's Book Shop: Book Shop
This shop has gone through a few changes since I was a young. It would have got a 4 star for curiosity then, but only because it took some looking through the old oak book-shelves to get what you wanted. Today finding books is far easier, though I do have a twinge of remorse...
Leigh Sanctuary: Spa Treatments
The Sanctuary is hidden in a small serene cul de sac just off Leigh Broadway. They offer a wide selection of treatments from spray tans, manicures, pedicurres, facials, and full body massages and a variety of specialist treatments devised for all skin tyoes and ages.
After Eden: Ladies Lingerie
After Eden is a small two story shop stocking beautiful lingerie and nightwear which is gaurenteed to get his heart racing.
The essential items for ladies can be purchased here at extremely affordable prices with an excellent and accurate measuring service for those of us...
Peppermint: Ladies Fashion
Peppermint is one of my favourite shops in Leigh. It is a smal boutique shop which stocks marvelous peices which are essential to any womans wardrobe.
Latest looks in bags, boots, shoes, jewellery & clothing.
Good quality clothing and value prices.
Strangeways Hair Salon: Hairdresser
Their success has been earned through hard work and sheer dedication by their highly experienced stylists and management team. Their award winning achievements are already well known in the industry and you will not be disappointed with the result.
REvamp your look in...
Hadleigh Castle & Country park,
The park gets its name from the nearby Hadleigh Castle: an impressive ruin of a fortress built over 700 years ago. There is always plenty to do at Hadleigh. Where else in Essex can you see Kent, Canvey, Southend Pier, Canary Wharf and the Dartford Bridge all from the same place? It's a great place to walk, picnic, fly a kite or discover wildlife. You can explore the park by following one of the self guided trails from Chapel Lane. You may see kestrels high above, flocks of geese feeding on the marsh or butterflies basking on the sunny south facing slopes. From a bird hide on Two Tree Island look for redshank, heron, and avocet feeding in the lagoon. Why not take a bracing walk along the sea wall between Leigh and Benfleet and return by train?
Getting there: By road: The main car park can be found from Chapel Lane, off the A13 in Hadleigh, opposite the Waggon and Horse pub. Just follow the brown road signs marked country park.
By rail: Closest stations are Benfleet and Leigh on Sea on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line - Timetable enquiries: 08457 484950.
Opening Times: From 8.00 am until dusk.
Parking: Ample parking available. Pay and Display, 1 hour or less £1, all-day £2.
Facilities: Information room at Chapel Lane car park open Sundays and Bank Holidays from April to October. Small exhibition tells you more about the park with games for children. Toilets. Bird hide at Two Tree Island.
Updated Feb 26, 2005
Phone: 01702 551072
- Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Hiking and Walking
Sometimes boats can't float
Favorite thing: Leigh isn't exactly the sea, but part of the Estuary of the River Thames. It took us about an hour on the train from Liverpool station.
If I remember correctly, some of the pilgrims sailed from Leigh to North America, so we had that North American connection there.
It was lovely to walk along and seeing the fishing, and pleasure boats awaiting the tide to come in and set them afloat again.
Fondest memory: There was a walkway, with some places to stop and enjoy the day, overlooking the estuary. After a very filling meal, it was nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
Written Feb 26, 2005
- Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
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