Canvey Island - Thorney Bay

Canvey Island - Thorney Bay - Essex
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Thorney Bay beach is a small, sheltered sandy beach on Canvey Island. To the rear of the beach is a large flat grassy area with a play park, ideal when the kids have had enough of making sand castles (for which the sand here is particularly good!)

The beach faces into the River Thames estuary a few miles upstream from the sea. There are great views across to the Kent coast across the river and it is an ideal spot for watching the ships come and go up the Thames.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Promenade

Nearest town

Southend on Sea



OS grid ref.

TQ 7954 8253


Parking available adjacent to the beach

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Canvey Island - Thorney Bay Reviews

Dogs must be on leads now

Mike Balmer
Jul 19th 2021

Nice space and peaceful, but dogs are no longer allowed to free roam on this beach.

Walking 4 Choc Retriever Labradors

May 20th 2020

Really liked it, clean and a Sun Trap sheltered by any Wind.

Also Coastal path away to other places to explore, Path is on the beach side of the sea wall. So watch high tides.

Samantha Kockoz
Aug 06th 2020

Lovely clean sunny sandy beach

Jul 19th 2020

Lovely safe beach clean n great facilities 1st visit look forward to future visits


Jun 26th 2023

such a dangerous beach with no warning signs. tide was out so tried to walk to the sea. stuck in knee high mud with oil and sharp rocks underneath. cuts all over our feet. later we managed to get in the water and were cut to pieces by underwater rocks. i cannot move my hand which was cut by rocks. awful experience.


Jul 28th 2022

No toilets available on our visit, which is not good when you have young children. Where are they to go?

Canvey on "Sea"

May 30th 2021

Called Canvey on sea when it is clearly not it is still on the Thames Estuary! Either the person who named it don’t know their geography or it’s a ploy to trap tourists. The water must be filthy down river from a sewage and an oil plant! no thanks!

Wouldn’t recommend

Cameron Bullock
Jun 03rd 2021

This beach is totally awful it has rocky sand glass everywhere and hardly any sea and my niece and her brother sliced both there feet!

But the weather is lovely with a nice breeze