Leigh-on-Sea Travel Guide

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Leigh-on-Sea Things to Do

  • 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 missed..

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  • 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 events,with the very best in...

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  • Southend-on-Sea

    Because of Leighs close promximity to Southend I have listed the majority of Must See Activities on my Soutjhend-on-Sea pages.

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  • Old Leigh

    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. Thousands of visitors are drawn annually to the famous cockle sheds which stand...

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  • 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 how many centuries and generations of people would be viewing their work.

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  • 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 student (or does one ever stop that interest), and having taking a fair bit of...

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Leigh-on-Sea Restaurants

  • Sumptuous Sunday Lunch

    This is one of my favourite places to eat in Leigh and this Sunday lunch didn't fail to met my high expectations. I took some newbies in for lunch on Sunday and they loved the look and feel of this boutique restaurant which was reassuringly busy. The staff were attentive and gave them enough time to peruse the menu choices.After a suitable break we...

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  • Old Favourite

    The Sand Bar, in central Leigh-on-Sea's Broadway, has a relaxed atmosphere, with a real feel of being by the sea. Decorated in cream and black, with American oak bar and floor, the bar offers sea views to enjoy as you eat your lunch or dinner. The menu, is based primarily around fish and shellfish dishes and is changed regularly to ensure that only...

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  • 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 seafood, and then head to this friendly pub to enjoy a cold pint overlooking the...

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  • 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 amazing deserts including falmbed crepes which they prepare at your table!

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  • My Local Indian Restaurant

    Pipasha has been established on Eastwood Road Noth for over ten years. With ample room to accomodate up to 100 diners. There is also a spacious function room, separate from the main dinning area, which is perfect for a special occasion. The Pipasha Main Menu is very comprehensive, containing many old favourites, and a wide range of baltis and many...

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  • The Best Chinese Food in Town

    Joy King is a warm and welcoming restaurant and is suitable for couples as well as larger groups and families. The crispy duck is out of this world as are their singapore noodles and spicy seaslt ribs anand scallops

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Leigh-on-Sea Nightlife

  • 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 No trainers, smart jeans only, no caps, collared shirts

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  • 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 like home as I have been going for over 20 years.Upstairs there is a...

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  • 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

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  • 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, function and meeting rooms, and more. Visitors can even find McDonalds and...

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  • Family night Out

    The Kursaal officially re-opened on the 14th May 1998 following a massive restoration and rebuilding work. Since 1998 continual changes and upgrades have been made and the centre currently boasts a 30 lane Tenpin Bowling Centre, Balcony Bar Function Room, Mardi Gras Amusement area housed under a circus big top, Sports Bar with Wide Screen T.V....

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  • Gambling

    Rendezvous Casino is a great venue in which to eat and drink before heading towards the tables to sin some cash.Visit the Rendezvous Casino at the Kursaal and you'll find everything you'd expect of a traditional gaming club set in a modern, London style environment. The Rendezvous Elements restaurant offers an international selection of cuisines....

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Leigh-on-Sea Transportation

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    by gabriellefox Written Feb 26, 2005

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    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.

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Leigh-on-Sea Shopping

  • 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 for missing the chase for that illusive book! The staff a very helpful,...

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  • 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. Mini Health Farm Day ESPÁ Algae wrapBody brushingBody polishMassageAlgaeScalp...

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  • 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 who are not sure what size bra we should buy.As well as offering a great...

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Leigh-on-Sea Off The Beaten Path

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    by gabriellefox Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    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.

    Hadleigh Castle
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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Hiking and Walking

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Leigh-on-Sea Favorites

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    by CdnJane Written Feb 26, 2005

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    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.

    Tide out at Leigh
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches

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