Canvey Island Beach

Canvey Island is located in the Thames Estuary just off the coast of Essex, from which it is separated by a network of small channels. From the beach here you get a fine view of the Kent coast and can watch the ships come and go up the Thames.

In the early 20th century Canvey Island was developed as a seaside resort with limited success. One of the most notable reminders of this era is the 1930s Labworth Café. This architectural gem was renovated in the 1990s and is now a beachfront restaurant.

One of the best features of Convey Island beach is the children’s tidal swimming pool (as seen above).
There are a few small shops and cafes along the seafront along with a couple of pleasant parks.

In 1953 an unidentified sea creature was washed up on the shores of Canvey Island. Dubbed “The Canvey Island Monster” it is now believed the 1.5 metre animal was an anglerfish of some description.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Between September to March dogs can be walked along the whole beach. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in areas near to the Paddling Pool and adjacent to the beach areas (approximately from the Concorde Café to Labworth Café). Dogs are allowed on ot

Essex dog friendly beaches »


  • Amusement arcade
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town

Southend on Sea



OS grid ref.

TQ 8059 8246


Parking available adjacent to the beach

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Canvey Island Beach Reviews

J kent
Oct 27th 2019

Canvey island beach , is beautiful and clean, pleasure to walk round.Every one very friendly.And safe for children. We went for breakfast this morning 27th October beautiful sunny Sunday at the Labworth. We witnessed a Asian christening with 4 babies 2 youths.

Much improved

Jul 09th 2019

With the help of volunteers this has become a sweet little beach and the Muriel on the wall is interesting and colourful .

What did we get wrong?