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Things to do in Southend this bank holiday as local businesses prepare for influx of visitors.

w/c 23 August 2021

We are set to enjoy a wonderful bank holiday this weekend; with restrictions having now eased we’re able to once again spend time with our friends and family without limitation. As a result, local Southend businesses are eagerly preparing for a busy period – something which will undoubtedly come as a relief amid their post-pandemic recovery. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy our vast range of fun and inspiring local amenities and at Southend BID we are delighted to see this hustle and bustle return to our historic town.

There are countless things to do in Southend this bank holiday weekend; we are fortunate to be home to a wonderful array of businesses and visitor hotspots, meaning there really is something for everyone. From rides at the iconic Adventure Island to crazy golf with Singing Chickens and a Raving Fireplace at Caddies, great evening of entertainment at ‘Dragged Out For Fun’ at The Royal Hotel, a Disco Brunch at Revolution, visit the Focal Point Gallery to watch the last of the August Big Screen films, ‘Into the Wild’ at The Royals Shopping Centre, a simple trip to the Odeon, stroll down The Pier or time spent at our local arcades, the entire family can enjoy a day in our beloved town.

Whilst this is an exciting and long-awaited time for us all, I would like to remind those venturing into Southend to act respectfully and patiently; our local businesses are still readjusting and we would like for all of our residents, including those who are perhaps anxious about this return to normality, to feel safe and respected within their community. Our ‘Stay safe’ message will continue to be made clear and our Street Rangers will be proactively patrolling throughout the day to support everyone visiting our popular seafront and town centre.

Similarly, if you are visiting Southend-on-Sea with a child or vulnerable adult, I would highly recommend utilising our ‘Keeping Together’ wristbands. These bands are available to collect from many local businesses and whilst very simple, they have proven to be undeniably effective. You are able to write essential contact information on each band, allowing you to be reunited should a group become separated for any reason. They are a free and highly beneficial addition to any group day out this bank holiday.

As we ease back into everyday life, we must support one another as best we can and extra consideration for those around you would be greatly appreciated as we get busier this weekend. The Southend community is wonderfully compassionate and I have no doubt visitors will share in our commitment to being considerate, patient and understanding.


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