Breathe the sea air and be refreshed by Southend's award-winning parks and gardens. You'll see much more on foot or by bike and there's plenty of nature to discover.

Walk among wildflowers at Belton Hills reserve, breathe in the heady scent of roses at Chalkwell Park or be dazzled by colourful floral displays at Southchurch Park and Priory Park.

Gaze out to sea from the vantage point of Cliff Gardens or take your bike on the train to Leigh-on- Sea and explore six miles of seafront with views to Two Tree Island.

Discover ancient woodland at Belfairs Park on foot or on horseback, or make this the backdrop for a round of golf.

The surrounding Essex countryside and estuaries make Southend an ideal base to explore so much more.



Priory Park is large park covering 45 acres with a wide range of facilities for all the family. There are beautiful formal gardens, the cliff bandstand, areas of recreation, children's playground as well as sports pitches; 4 bowling greens, tennis courts and basketball courts.

It's a great place to pack a picnic and enjoy the sunshine while the kids let off some steam in the extensive playground. There's also a number of events held in Priory Park throughout the year. 

At the centre of the park is the Priory Museum which originally formed part of a Cluniac Monastery dating back to 1180. Prittlewell Priory.


A park with beautiful ornamental gardens, colourful bedding displays, an environment garden, a courtyard-style sun garden and a rose garden recognised by the National Rose Society.

The park is home to Metal, a local Arts company that host a number of events here throughout the year. They also run the environment garden and home a number of colourful birds, such as peacocks. 

Sports facilities include football, cricket, tennis, basketball, a skate/BMX park and 2 children's playgrounds. There is also a cafe and function room. 


This popular local park is 12 hectares and lies very close to the seafront and boasts a wide range of sports pitches and formal gardens.

There's also a fantastic model boating lake where you can spend the afternoon sailing or while away the day with a drink and something to eat from the cafe.

Limited free parking available. The park is open all year round but times are seasonal.


Widely regarded as the flagship green space for the area, Belfairs Nature Reserve has been managed to create a perfect home for a diverse range of wildlife.

Belfairs Park comprises over 200 acres of ancient semi-natural woodland and in 1985 was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The woodlands make a great walk for all the family spotting squirrels and the rare Health fritillary butterfly. Facilities include: bowling greens, tennis court, football, cricket, basketball, children's playground, golf course, horse riding, pottery and restaurant.

There is also a woodland resource centre run by Essex Wildlife Trust, a fantastic resource for schools with an indoor education hall, outdoor classroom, educational equipment and resources and close proximity to ancient woodland and waterways. Events are run throughout the year,