The Beach Guide

Canvey Island Beach

Canvey Island Beach - Essex

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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 childrens 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 other

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  • Cafe/restaurant
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    • Promenade

    Nearest town

    Southend on Sea


    SS8 7JQ

    OS grid ref.

    TQ 8059 8246

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    Canvey Island Beach Reviews

    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?