The Beach Guide

Thorpe Bay (Southend - Thorpe Bay)

Thorpe Bay - Essex

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Thorpe Bay is a sandy beach located in the Southend-on-Sea area of the Thames estuary by the popular resort of Thorpe Bay. The beach is located slightly over a mile to the east of Southend Pier.

Thorpe Bay has won both Blue Flag and Quality Coast awards guaranteeing not only clean water but that this is a safe family beach with a host of facilities. The Southend Marine Activities Centre is located on the beach, which makes it a top destination for water sports such as kayaking, wind surfing and sailing. If you prefer to keep your activities on dry land you will find nearby there are tennis courts, a bowling club and a paddling pool.

Thorpe Bay is well known for its beach huts and whilst many are privately owned a few are available for hire.

There is pay-for-parking along Thorpe esplanade with access onto the beach via a slipway. If you prefer not to drive to the beach there is also a train station with direct services to London.

Thorpe Bay has plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby, some of which have decking overlooking the beach. In addition there is a shopping area in the town of Thorpe Bay named 'The Broadway' where a range of services, shops and restaurants can be found.

Also known as:

Southend - Thorpe Bay

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from the beach from May 1st until September 30th.

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Activities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Promenade

    Nearest town

    Southend on sea

    Postcode

    SS1 3BA

    OS grid ref.

    TQ 9122 8464

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating

    Awards

    Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award