Southend - Smiles on Sea

Whatever your age, Southend on Sea will leave you smiling time after time. With seven miles of seafront, the resort includes the vibrant City Beach and Adventure Island fun park, the charming traditional fishing town of Leigh on Sea through to the peaceful Thorpe Bay and East Beach at Shoebury.

Famed with the longest pier in the world at 1.3 miles and the only pier in the country to have its own railway, Southend is also home to many other gems to enjoy: The Cliff Lift funicular railway set among the beautiful cliff gardens, museums and a planetarium, galleries art trails and historic houses too. With over 300 restaurants, the options to enjoy the taste of the seaside are also interspersed with international cuisine.

The events and festival programme runs throughout the year and whether your interests are in the arts and culture or the thrills and spills of the air festival, you will always find something to enjoy or even participate with. These events include an annual Film Festival, Jazz Festival and regular artist’s work displayed on the pier railings. For music lovers, the Folk Festival in Leigh is the largest free event of its kind in the country whilst the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also play an outdoor concert in Priory Park – one of several large open spaces where events take place. Southend’s two theatres provide an ongoing programme of entertainment throughout the year and major touring shows direct from the West End can often be enjoyed. Iconic ships such as the Balmoral paddle steamer and the Artemis tall ship regularly visit the pier, so you can have a truly maritime experience just viewing or even take to the sea – there’s even the chance to take up and learn sailing or windsurfing yourself.

The surrounding countryside and estuaries make a fantastic excursion from Southend where you can find antique centres, farm attractions and more historic houses. At just 45 minutes from London, you can also base yourself here for a really rounded short break.

Southend’s High Street provides a great range of retail pleasures including a twice-weekly market, two covered shopping centres and a range of national and unique brands. The High Street is all located on a flat surface making access easy for all and then flows to the central seafront providing a unique leisure and shopping experience to enjoy. New state of the art illuminations bring the central City Beach area to new life after dark and in the autumn these are supplemented with fireworks displays and entertainment on Saturday nights. As the evening arrives, visitors can enjoy bars, amusements, seafront restaurants, casinos and nightclubs so there is plenty to everyone smiling late into the night.

Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:


Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Southend. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates

On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure


Free time in Southend, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more


After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows


We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.

Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing

Evening Entertainment:
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking

Meal Plan
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions

Day excursion ideas, when extra nights booked:

Local Tourist attractions:

All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements