Beach Guide: Southend-on-Sea boasts seven miles of seafront and ten beach awards. The Three Shells Beach is the closest beach to the action and is just a ten minute walk from Southend Central railway station. The little ones will love its close proximity to Southend’s well known attraction, Adventure Island! If you fancy a quieter, more relaxed day out, then head to Thorpe Bay where you will find a more secluded beach lined with beach huts, where you can enjoy the coast’s natural elements.

Parking Tip: Parking at Elmer Approach car park, near Southend Central Station, cost approx. £1 per hour.

Facilities: Toilets – Cafes – Shops – Promenade – Amusements and rides – Disabled facilities – Deck chair hire – No dogs in the summer

Attractions: Southend has a vast number of attractions for the whole family to enjoy and is home to the world’s longest pier! Adventure Island is one of the U.K’s biggest and best free admission theme parks, which every child will be sure to enjoy. Southend seafront is lined with arcades, mini-golf and the Sea-Life Adventure centre. Whether looking for a fun adrenaline-filled day out or a peaceful walk along the coast, Southend has plenty to offer. It can get very busy along this stretch of beach, so is better suited to those who don’t mind a crowd.

New in 2016 season was the huge Three Shells Beach Lagoon – a great attraction that permits paddling and swim all day without having the watch the tide.

What Essex Baby parents say:

“If you want a beach location with lots to do for the kids, Southend-on-Sea is ideal. It’s does get mega busy around the attractions end of the beach, but if you don’t mind crowds then this is fine.” – Heather J

“Love the new lagoon. It was great for my six-year-old to go paddling, although at the far end it could be a bit deep for small children so you still need to keep a very close eye on them. Fab idea though.” – Peti K