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Started by KizzyK on Aug 7, 2021 5:48:02 PM
Southend. Anything good?

Ok, for my sins I am taking two 14 year old girls to Southend for a couple of days next week. We have an airbnb, tickets to the theatre for one night but lots more time to fill. Guessing a second evening at the fair but any other recommendations very welcome. Slightly dreading it!

thisonehasalittlehat - 07 Aug 2021 19:15:29 (#1 of 29)

I've never been.

CarlosFandango - 07 Aug 2021 19:34:14 (#2 of 29)

Driven through once.

Supremely unhelpful, I know.

Wasn't lunabell from there?

RosyLovelady - 07 Aug 2021 19:48:32 (#3 of 29)

I've never been. This song from 1963 makes it sound rather jolly and exhausting.

mentranilvavin - 08 Aug 2021 12:48:44 (#4 of 29)

There's loads of interesting places in the Southend area. To the east, the estuary is beautiful down towards Shoebury East Beach and Gunners Park. There are great woodland walks at Hockley woods and Belfairs Park.

Priory Park, Chalkwell Park and Southchurch Park are all worth visiting. A little further out, the bird reserve at Wallasea is an amazing place. The cliffs to the west of town are lovely, and a walk up to Hadleigh Castle gives some great views.

I like the area, but I avoid the Town Centre, and I mainly go out to walk the dog! Don't really know about things for kids to do. Walk down the pier?

mentranilvavin - 08 Aug 2021 13:03:12 (#5 of 29)

Oh and Old Leigh is nice for a pint and a plate of cockles.

FGBFGB - 08 Aug 2021 13:07:05 (#6 of 29)

It has a Kursaal, so one could presumably take the waters and make polite conversation with Austria-Hungarian countesses.

Shadrack22 - 08 Aug 2021 13:57:46 (#7 of 29)

And try eels with dill sauce.

Verdigris - 08 Aug 2021 13:20:36 (#8 of 29)

dill sauce

I believe the correct term is "liquor", in this context.

<I bet he has guacamole with his cod and chips>

LordofMisrule - 08 Aug 2021 14:27:57 (#9 of 29)

It has a Kursaal

That's just given me an earworm :

bossab2 - 08 Aug 2021 14:53:34 (#10 of 29)

There are lots of used car dealers in South Essex.

mentranilvavin - 08 Aug 2021 15:01:31 (#11 of 29)

Better Southend music. Dr Feelgood at the Kursaal in 1976

hailesaladdie - 08 Aug 2021 17:09:24 (#12 of 29)

The pier is incredible. Not for nothing does it have a train to take you to the end.

Old Leigh is indeed lovely. Have a pint and a pint of cockles and watch the sun set over the otherworldly estuarine landscape. Walk through the historic old town, through the old boatyards, and along to Westcliff and Chalkwell to Southend.

The ex-military bits round Shoeburyness are interesting too.

mentranilvavin - 16 Aug 2021 21:51:48 (#13 of 29)

So how was the Southend trip?

TableTopJoe - 16 Aug 2021 21:57:56 (#14 of 29)

I thought the Feelgoods were from Canvey Island, Mentra.

Shadrack22 - 16 Aug 2021 22:02:44 (#15 of 29)

They were.

TableTopJoe - 16 Aug 2021 22:02:52 (#16 of 29)

One of my ex's is from Canvey. Her Mum died quite young and her Dad always complained that none of his children ever visited him and that he never went out. Ever.

One weekend we were down there and on the Sunday my ex said to me "Take him to the pub for a couple of hours while I cook lunch, he's doing my head in".

"Which pub shall we go to, Pat?"

"I dunno, I never go out."

We went to the Lobster Smack and when we walked in there was a chorus of:


"Hi, Pat!"

"Hey, it's Pat!"

"Shift your arse, that's Pat's seat."

It was like Norm in Cheers.

ReverendBlueJeans - 16 Aug 2021 22:05:48 (#17 of 29)

Kursaal Flyers were a promising bunch, and produced the best rhyming couplets in pop history. Shame they didn't last.

My solitary experience of Saafend is a day trip c1971. I expect it's changed a bit since then. Two main memories - the pier railway (still there but renewed) and the glory of a street-bought hot dog with onions and a cascade of rid soss.

nemo75 - 16 Aug 2021 22:10:08 (#18 of 29)

Do you still have the passport with the stamp?

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 22:11:02 (#19 of 29)

Rid soss? Was it South African?

ReverendBlueJeans - 16 Aug 2021 22:12:19 (#20 of 29)

Rid soss = Glaswegian for red sauce = what Shadders would call 'tomato ketchup'

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