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There's so much more besides the seaside in Southend-on-Sea! There are many leisure activities and events listed here covering drama groups, sports clubs, horse riding and much more running throughout the year, during term time and the school holidays.

Use the 'Narrow by Category' section on the right to help refine your search or click 'View all Services in Activities' to browse.


How much do activities cost?

The price for each activity varies considerably and we recommend that you use the prices listed on the website as a guide only and contact providers direct to find the most recent cost. As many activities are privately run the Family Information Service holds no responsibility for the way they charge.

Southend Advantage Card offers on going value for money and is exclusive to residents living within the Borough of Southend-on-Sea by giving you discounts and reduced rates on a range of activities. 


What ages do the activities cover?

We hold information for activities for 0-25 year olds. Some activities will be targeted at specific age ranges. Where these are not stated we recommend you contact the provider direct for more information and to avoid disappointment.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 

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All activities strive to be inclusive for those with additional needs and disabilities. However we recommend that if you have any special requirements that you contact providers direct to discuss.

You might be interested in finding out about our SEND Local Offer

Search Local Offer Leisure and Recreation activities - click here


Useful websites can be found on the right hand side of this page and by clicking on the Useful Information topics below you can view other pages related to this subject area on the SHIP Children and Families website.

PAGE UPDATED NOVEMBER 2016

Useful Information

  • Baby and Toddler Groups

    Baby and Toddler Groups welcome any carer including Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Friends and Relatives, Foster Carers, Childminders and Nannies – unless otherwise specified. They offer an environment in which young children can enjoy their first experiences of having fun, making friends and learning away from…

  • Holiday Activities and Clubs

    There are many seasonal activities and playschemes that run over the school holidays for children, young people and families. Some playschemes allow children to be left for a period of time and can be used as childcare for working parents. Other Holiday Clubs and events…

  • Safeguarding Children

    Not all groups, activities and events need to be registered with Ofsted or the council and it is your responsibility to ensure your child’s safety at these settings. What is Safeguarding? Child protection is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and…

  • Reprezent Essex - Youth Radio

    London’s premier youth-led radio station – Reprezent – has just launched in Essex with a year long broadcast training scheme for 13 – 24 year olds. We are really excited about the opportunities this is going to offer young people across the county for campaigning…

  • Young Experts Group - Southend (YEGS)

    So what is YEGS? ‘Young Experts Group – Southend’ , or ‘YEGS’, is the new Looked After Children's Council, which encourages Young People that are involved with the Local Authority to be part of changes and development for Southend Borough Council. The YEGs are involved…

  • A Better Start

    A Better Start Southend is part of a ten-year research and development programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund with the aim of transforming services for very young children. Listening to, learning from and supporting local people We want to give local children the best possible…

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  • Young Experts Group Southend (YEGS)

    YEGS is the new Looked After Children's Council, which encourages children that are involved with the Local Authority to be part of changes and development for Southend Borough Council. The Young Experts Group - Southend are involved in consultation and development on a variety of services that…

A Better Start

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A Better Start Southend is part of a ten-year research and development programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund with the aim of transforming services for very young children.

Listening to, learning from and supporting local people

We want to give local children the best possible start in life. There’s lots of evidence to show that involving people in designing the services they use makes services better.  Parents and carers will be involved every step of the way with A Better Start: raising the problems that need solving, coming up with some answers, and working alongside paid staff and volunteers to help us test good ideas in practice. 

We’re aiming to make a difference in three areas of children’s lives:

  • Social and emotional development: We want Southend’s children to enjoy good relationships with the people around them, to grow up in loving families and to develop the skills that will help them make stable relationships in future.
  • Communications and Language: We want all children to be able to use speech and language skills confidently so that they are ready to learn and able to succeed when they start school.
  • Diet and nutrition: We want all of our children to be healthy because their mums enjoyed a balanced diet during pregnancy and carried on to give them a healthy start in their early years.

At the start we are focusing on families in six local wards – Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness.

Find out more about A Better Start Southend on our website, Facebook page or email us.

Useful Information

  • New and Expectant Parents

    You will need to inform your GP you are expecting a baby and you will be allocated a midwife. If you require any assistance finding a GP or need to contact a clinic then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service [PALS] on 0800…

  • Children Services

    Families with disabled children may need help from time to time. As a parent/carer, you have the right to ask for your child’s needs to be assessed and you also have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment for yourself, or your other children…

  • Baby and Toddler Groups

    Baby and Toddler Groups welcome any carer including Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Friends and Relatives, Foster Carers, Childminders and Nannies – unless otherwise specified. They offer an environment in which young children can enjoy their first experiences of having fun, making friends and learning away from…

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