With seven miles of award winning coastline including Blue Flag rated beaches, green flag rated parks and a purple flag rated night-time economy, as well as an all year round event calendar and much more, there is something for everyone in Southend-on-Sea.

The town has expanded to become an established Higher Education hub in the past decade with both the South Essex College Southend campus, as well as the University of Essex, Southend campus, offering a vast array of courses for students.

The Forum, the first joint partnership project in the UK between the University of Essex, South Essex College and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council provides an academic library and substantial teaching and learning resources for students and residents alike.

The Southend Tennis and Leisure Centre, which was home to the British Olympic Diving Team during the London 2012 Olympic Games, has added to the outstanding sports and leisure facilities in Southend.
Not forgetting the UK’s first “green” museum to the 1630-seat Cliffs Pavilion which is the only theatre in Essex classi´Čüed as a “No1 House” as well as the world’s longest pleasure pier to an array of beach and seafront activities. Head to the Visit Southend homepage to realise the full benefits of Southend-on-Sea’s famous landmarks.

Southend is a multicultural community; home to families who have lived in Southend for generations and to those who have recently moved to the area from across the UK and beyond.

There are many events throughout the year which reflect the heritage of Southend residents; from the Leigh Folk Festival to the Polish Arts Festival. This diverse community brings with it a range of skills, strengths and opportunities which support the Southend economy and leisure pursuits.