- My missus wants to go on holiday to Essex
My wife is from Westcliff-on-Sea. I am from Essex, but not that bit.
Your initial reaction is correct, minus a couple of expletives.
Old Leigh has a nice 100 yard section fronting onto the mudflats. Decentish pub (for Southend area, so glassings are still a distinct possibility) whelk stall.
I think ‘WTF are you on about, you loon?’ is the right response to anyone who suggests holidaying in South Essex.*
*Unless the alternatives are a holiday park in Mogadishu or Chechnya.Posted 1 month agopihaMember
I’m sure Jaywick-on-Sands would be over the moon with your holiday pound.Posted 1 month agomalgreyMember
Work takes me on the road throughout East Anglia, and try to explore the areas I stay in. South Essex is my least favourite area; apologies to anybody who lives there! Maldon seems pleasant enough, but otherwise there’s not a lot exciting to do in any of the places I’ve stayed, and the places are quite anonymous. The seaside towns are what you would expect from most English “resorts”; a bit shabby and full of old people.
Get up the coast into Suffolk and it becomes much more pleasant.
Mainly, though, what sort of holiday is it? What do you like to do?Posted 1 month ago
If her ‘likes’ include gazing over fields covered in pylons, chatting to the locals about forriners, or aquiring a top-quality fake tan, then an epic road trip between Southend and Canvey Island, preferably while over-revving a modified Corsa, will be just the ticket.Posted 1 month agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Either go further round the coast to Suffolk, or even further round to Norfolk, or hop over the Thames Estuary to Kent.
From my house (when I’m back home), the view from the back window is of Canvey Island and London Gateway across the marshes and Thames, which are pretty close to the suggest holiday location (I think?), and neither of them look like a holiday destination from what I can see.Posted 1 month agonatrixMember
Gets some good reviews on Trip Advisor https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1138967-d2343548-Reviews-Old_Leigh-Leigh_on_Sea_Southend_on_Sea_Essex_England.html
Depends what you want from a holiday…………Posted 1 month agojobroMember
I lived in LoS for 21 years so I know quite a bit about the area. While it’s not exactly appalling, I really can’t think what would occupy you for very long after a quick tour of the high street then Old Leigh. You could ride the two miles to Hadleigh and go around the Olympic park track?Posted 1 month ago
I ran away to Dorset!binnersSubscriber
My mum and dad, somewhat inexplicably, decided to do this last summer, and tag on a few days in Essex after they’d been in London stopping with our kid.
They came back like soldiers returning from Vietnam. They won’t be going back. The highlight of the trip was being woken up at 2am with a huge mass brawl going on in the street outside the hotelPosted 1 month agoRo5eyMember
Watchit you lot
I grew up on the Rock and I still know plenty of nasties on there…. although TBF you’d have to visit them for your good hiding, as they aren’t too keen on leaving the place. 🙂
Southend seafront, Leigh and even Canvey seafront are now, in many ways, much nicer places to be than when I was growing up there…. pretty good for a day trip I’d say but not sure they’ve reached a holiday destination yet.Posted 1 month agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
I think all of our hollidays were in Essex for about 4 years when I was growing up, we had an old boat moored near Walton so used to sail between Maldon and Orford. I turned out normal-ish.
or hop over the Thames Estuary to Kent.
I once went to Sheppey for the weekend without doing any research.Posted 1 month ago
I grew up in Thurrock. My folks went up market and moved to Chelmsford where my mum grew up.
About 90% of everything south of the A127 is shite. The good bits are the marshes, because no one lives there. The far end of Essex towards Foulness feels remote.
Is it worth making an extra journey there from elsewhere in the UK? No.
Leigh on Sea is just a less shit bit of a shit bit.Posted 1 month agothepuristSubscriber
I grew up in Furrock
Born and raised in South Essex too, and while I wish I could take offence at the attitiudes in this thread they’re pretty much spot on. I first moved away at 18 and never thought about going back.
And as for
They came back like soldiers returning from Vietnam.
You’ll find a lot of Estuarine dwellers get a misty look in their eye when they talk about their tough times in ‘Nam… yep, . that’s DagenhamPosted 1 month agosenor jSubscriber
I did a couple of contracting jobs not far from there. About 8 months all told.Posted 1 month ago
I nearly went mad . Well….more mad.
There was a half decent bnb in westcliffe I regularly stayed at,one night let me down. I had to look for a room just off Southend prom. You know the air freshener scene in 7even? It was like that!
I’d did get to see Dr Feelgood, so it wasn’t all bad -just 99%.
I grew up in Furrock
Remember our history teacher, who I think was from Wales, telling us that the word thurrock, or furrock, was the term given to the bowels of a ship where all the crap collected. Not sure if it’s true or that was just his snide way of saying that Thurrock is a shit hole, but needless to say he didn’t much like the place.
I’ve had a google but can’t find anything to confirm whether the bowels of a ship was called a furrock, but it’s a good analogy either way.
F me I was glad when my folks decided to move away. I was even happier when I left Essex for good.Posted 1 month ago
I downloaded this the other day for the drive back to Schermany. Might be of interest to some….
Listening to it I kept getting images of people I knew and grew up with coming into my head. A bit of a trip down memory lane, but not necessary a nice lane lined with trees and quaint cottages.Posted 1 month ago
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