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Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Worlds Longest Pier - Southend-on-Sea

After living in Southend all these years we have finally gotten around to walking the pier!

Southend Pier is a major landmark in Southend-on-Sea. Extending 1.34 miles (2.16 km) into the Thames Estuary, it is the longest pleasure pier in the world.

We went on Good Friday and the weather was unusually pleasant for a bank holiday!

The start of the pier runs straight over the top of Adventure Island, our local mini theme park whose attractions include Jungle Safari, Raging River Log Flume and Barracuda.

I especially liked rule no. 5: PLEASE KEEP CHILDREN UNDER CONTROL if anyone figures out a winning formula for doing this then please let us know!

So after paying for our admission it was time to hit the weathered old boards and start our journey

This is a photo that sums up Jamie Olivers "Cafe" at the end of the Pier. It is a shame that Jamie and Jimmy use the place as a glorified film set and leave it abandoned and desolate for the majority of time when they aren't cashing in on filming there. It would be nice to see a local celebrity like Jamie Oliver actually bringing people in by opening the cafe to the public, I wouldn't expect him to actually be there but I just find it selfish that he uses the location on the pier for filming and doesn't actually give anything back to the community in return. That's the end of my little rant anyway!

We paid for the walk and ride option, so we got to come back from the end of the pier on the mini train. The worlds longest pier can take its toll on tiny legs, and Logan LOVES trains

And of Course what family outing to the seafront would be complete without ICE CREAM!

Hope you all had fun over the bank holiday



  1. What a lovely family outing, it is a shame about the cafe, perhaps you should write to Jamie and Jimmy about it :-)

  2. Nice post :) Have very little time for Jamie Oliver, but I quite like Jimmy Doherty - was very impressed by his cookery book I read; he's much better looking than J.O. too ;)


  3. I haven't visited the pier for many years so it was great to see it again in your terrific photos. I remember the long walk and train back, too! I don't watch the Jamie Oliver programme, but it doesn't seem right at all that the cafe is shut up and abandoned outside filming.

  4. Great point regarding the cafe, every one loves a cuppa. Never been to South end on sea, you paint a nice picture.

  5. I've walked the pier several times - down the middle as I'm scared of the water - ok beside it; just not on it!

    When young we always used to have a coach trip every year to see the lights in Southend. If we went in the summer it was to go to Kersal's amusement park.

  6. Goodness I didn't know about the café being left closed down when they weren't filming. Strikes me they could make a decent living from it for someone. I do think the programme is pretty good though in that it attempts to highlight forgotten food heros in the UK and hopefully do some good. You have a lovely family by the way. Anna

  7. Wow! That's a great place. Too bad about the locked door.


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