Southend on Sea

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  1. GaryH61

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    Can anyone suggest any sites around Southend On Sea, we are looking to plan a tour of the south east and this is one of the places we went to visit ?
     
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    Are you members of either CC or C&CC?

    If so, would. CL/CS do you?
     
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    I don't think there are any close by because we looked into it a few years back.

    Not sure about CL's though.
     
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    C & CC
     
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    Sorry Gary.

    Eric
     
  6. GeriatricWanderer

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    I think the closest CSs would be Purleigh or Ulting boh near Maldon.
    The nearest campsite I know would be at Creeksea near Canewdon which is much closer to Southend. Never stayed there myself but Ukcampsites shows a 70% rating over 50 reviews so no so bad.
     
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    Bring plenty of sun lotion with you......:cool::)
     
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    Indeed. As I look out of my window at the rain...
     
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    No touring sites that know of, just static van sites.. there are several CLs listed in the Caravan Club..

    To be frank, I lived in Basildon for 20 years and would give Southend a body swerve.. big prom, lots of boy racers, front is littered with arcade games halls and tacky shops.. The tide goes out for miles leaving sticky mud,.. only redeeming feature is it has the longest pier in the UK with a miniature train.. a nice walk on a summers day..

    The town centre is ok and Priory park is nice.. it has a museum..
    There is plenty of parking all along the prom.. which is about 3 miles long..

    I think @buttons has a favourite cafe for a breakfast .. and

    Essex girl watching can be entertaining.. ;)


    CLs http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/uk-hol...county=26617&town=Southend-On-Sea&facilities=
     
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    Southend has moved on a lot.
    Million pound flats on the front now.
    I tend to park van along Ness road.
    Nice walk and no parking charges.
    Opposite a harvester I think it is.
    If you go early, you could park near the yacht club on the front,, and then overnight on one of the back roads.
    This is the Shoebury end.
    There is also the westcliffe end, again, you could probably park up for the day but will cost.
    Try and have a pint at the cockle sheds :)
     
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    my critique is how I remember it.. last time I was there would be about 10 years ago.. so it may have changed..

    It's great place for the kids to have a day out at the seaside.. Treasure Island, amusements etc.. we went often with ours..

    but some things never change.. and I wouldn't go back now..
     
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    I think you need to re-visit Jim, the place has been transformed. I have been visiting Southend since I was knee high and still visiting for a day most months. Remember this is a seaside resort like Brighton Bournemouth Clacton Great Yarmouth or Le Touquet and it is up there with the best of them.:cool:
    Properties along the really lengthy sea front are now fetching silly money. The well enforced 20 and 30 mph speed limits has slowed the boy racers yet watching the regular Essex boy car and bike meets is a pleasure.(y)
    My recommendation is Jim;).....take your lovely wife and daughter down for the day. Get there early park on the road in a bay adjacent to the pier, it wont cost you more than £10 for the day. Take your bikes and roller skates. Breakfast in Rosses at Westcliff then use the cycle path that will take you miles in either direction. Don't forget a stroll to the end of the pier and get the train back.
    That is my good deed for today.....;)(y)
     
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    I'm not looking to buy a property.. don't do roller skating and have been down the pier countless times..

    we used to cycle there and back from Basildon with three kids.. .. and as far along as Foulness Island.. it has many happy memories.. but .. it's Marmite town.. if you love the typical British seaside resort.. can't go wrong.. buy your Kiss me Kwick hat and enjoy, .. for me it's a just another Blackpool .. without a tower.

    IMO Clacton and Gt Yarmouth are nicer, much better beaches , they had proper sand.. and not nearly so tacky.. granted a smaller pier.. each to their own mate.. but to be frank.. we don't do seaside resorts now... so can't give an objective view..
     
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    I'm sure a few quid on parking wont put Jim off.:D
    Southend as you say has been transformed putting it among the best UK resorts. Wish I had invested in some of those sea front apartments a few years ago.(y)
     
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    ... but you really do need to brush up on your Serbo Croat and Romanian language skills. :)
     
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    There are a couple of nice sites, though some distance from Southend. Both next to the Chelmer canal/river if you like walking towpaths and watching locks in action.
    If you're interested, let me know and I'll post details.
     
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    I may be wrong (usually am) but IIRC "Road to hell" was written about the A127?
     
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    & patience, large amounts of it as you'll need it to cope with the traffic.:cry:
     
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    If I had to compare Southend with other seaside towns it would definitely not be dumps like G Yarmouth Blackpool or Clacton. I would describe Southend as a much larger version of SOUTHWOLD the Suffolk gem. (y)
    Anyone agree....;)
     
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    No that was the M25
     
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