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“Lots to do”
Review of City Beach

City Beach
Reviewed May 30, 2014

City Beach is located in what is colloquially known as The Golden Mile. There is the iconic Kursaal at one end (with an indoor bowling alley, useful if it is raining) and the Sealife Centre, loads of gaming arcades, cafés selling bucket and spades, fish and chip shops, pubs, the Pier, Adventure Island and the casinos, and the old Victorian Cliff Lift (look out for Queen Victoria at the top).On a sunny summer weekend it is very busy. The area had EU funding to improve it, leading to new paving, huge lighting pillars and the lovely fountains that keep children amused for ages. There is also playground equipment on the beach for younger children.

The beach is similar all the way along the Estuary - a mixture of sand and shingle. The tide goes out a long way but the beach floods very quickly, beware of getting caught a long way out in an incoming tide (though you close to the coastguard station - who regularly are out rescuing walkers in their hovercraft).

Things to note - this is a shared space area so watch out for bicycles. After a great deal of controversy the Council installed different patterned paving to denote where it is possible to cross the road. There is an average speed camera so cars travel at a maximum of 20mph, theoretically they should give way as you try to cross. However as the seafront road is one of the main thoroughfares in town it does get busy.

Toilets - there are disabled toilets close to the beach and in hot weather there is always a queue. However, poorly signposted, are more toilets on the road side of the building marked Police.

Parking - there is a small car park at the eastern end of the beach but it fills up quickly in the summer. You can drive down the seafront and see if you can park in spaces closer to Adventure Island or the casinos. If you are coming into town from the A127 I'd recommend one of the town car parks, it is easy to walk down the High Street and get to the beach.

Ice creams - if you are coming to Southend it's got to be the local ice cream, Rossi's.

There is so much to do on this stretch of Southend - I prefer it early in the morning when it's quiet - but it is great for a sunny day out.

6  Thank Josie_Hug
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Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We use the beach regularly between October and May.
Reasonably clean, though recent storms have affected the whole coastline. Grab a cuppa at a beach front cafe even in January.

2  Thank SCHARL2273
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We live in Southend on Sea & this is a nice part of the seafront promenade area. There is ample deck chair hire, public toilets & kiosks selling the usual refreshments etc. and of course the water fountains for endless hours of fun for all kids of all ages to run in & out of!

The beach is well kept & tidy though it is a shame there is a lot of vegetation growing through the shingle as opposed to just sand and stones. The beach does have a lot of stones. As with a lot of seaside towns there a lot of day trippers and coach party visitors as another contributor has mentioned but this can only be good for our local tourism industry & the local traders.

3  Thank steveandsuzie
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

For a traditional seaside town there were more ethnic minorities there than India, Brixton and Jamaica put together. For one I am not comfortable with this. The weather was good, had an hour there and left. Disappointed.

5  Thank sipukka
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

A long clean and rather unexciting beach. Mostly small pebbles and broken shells, but there are strips of sand to play in. It's not an attractive location - there the industrial parts of Sheppey, and tanker ships going to London in the sea view, and the lacking in charm shops of Southend front as the rear view. The promenade has free toilets, ice cream and doughnut shops, and a fountain display which the kids love. There are also a couple of places with play equipment and sand. It works, and is well kept, and it is a pleasant enough experience when you are there. But it's not something to recommend by itself.

Southend works as a package. Individual parts may be weak, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. And there's few bits that are actually bad.

3  Thank RunningSteve
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