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There is so much more to Southend-on-Sea than first meets the eye.
As well as traditional seaside entertainment, there is a flourishing arts scene to discover in Southend-on-Sea with a feast of festivals throughout the year including its annual Film Festival, Air & Military Show and revered arts and music festival, the Village Green Festival in Chalkwell Park, here you'll find plenty to see and do. The classical strains of the Royal Philharmonic at Concert in the Park are always popular alongside a whole series of concerts and productions at Cliffs Pavilion.
The town centre is a unique shopping destination with a variety of quirky independent stores as well as high street retailers. Both the Victoria and Royals shopping centres offer a plethora of retail exploration, if you love to shop you'll love Southend-on-Sea. Popular farmers and craft markets and visiting continental markets provide an opportunity for you to purchase fresh, local produce and authentic European goods.
Just three miles from Southpoint is Leigh Broadway, a bustling and cosmopolitan blend of elegant shops, boutiques, galleries, bistros and bars and is home to The Crooked Billet pub; a famous 16th Century pub named after a bent stick, known for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food. There are even more shopping opportunities in areas such as Hamlet Court Road (1.5 miles) and Southchurch (1 mile), with a wide variety of independent shops, bars and international restaurants to tempt the most discerning consumer.
For sports enthusiasts, Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre boasts a wealth of opportunity.
A modern facility with a 25m swimming pool, diving pool, 150 station gym, sports hall, athletics track, spa, sauna and steam room as well as a friendly on-site bar and café.
Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve offer remains of the ancient oak, birch and hornbeam woodland that once covered much of Essex, they also have woodland walks, an 18 hole public golf course, riding stables, tennis courts and bowling greens. While Chalkwell Park provides colourful bedding displays, an environmental garden, a courtyard style sun garden and a rose garden recognised by the National Rose Society.
Just minutes away from Southpoint is the University of Essex Southend Campus. The purpose-built Gateway Building provides state-of-the-art teaching, business and study facilities. The Clifftown Theatre and Studios within the campus offer a unique rehearsal and performance space for its students within a converted church.
Southend-on-Sea houses its very own international airport just 2.5 miles away from Southpoint. At peak times up to eight trains an hour leave Southend Airport to Liverpool Street Station. Also, Southend Victoria, Southend East, Southend Central and Prittlewell stations offer access to Central London in just over an hour. Southend-on-Sea's main arterial road is the A127 where you can connect with the M25 via junction 29 in less than 30 minutes.