Southend on Sea Tourist Information

Tourist Information

Riverside Village Holiday Park is a peaceful, picturesque site with an abundance of wildlife and mature trees. We are situated in 24 acres of countryside alongside the River Crouch, and there are plenty of things to do in the local area. Please see a small selection of these attractions below.


Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project

Within a mile of Riverside Village Holiday Park

The Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century. The aim is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture.

Once completed, this will provide a haven for a wonderful array of nationally and internationally important wildlife and an amazing place for the local community, and those from further afield, to come and enjoy.

The current sea wall access along the North sea wall is a wonderful place to come to relax and enjoy, whether for walking, cycling, bird watching, painting, photography or simply taking in the sea air. Over the coming years, the scheme will create a varied wetland landscape with more than nine miles of new and improved access routes, and eventually a range of visitor facilities.

Local Pubs and Restauraunts

Within a mile of Riverside Village Holiday Park

The surrounding area has many prize winning country pubs which offer high quality food. The local 18 hole Ballard's Gore Golf Club has a modern clubhouse with bar and café and can cater for all visitors.


Southend Pier

9 miles from Riverside Village Holiday Park

Southend Pier is the town's historical icon as well as being the longest pleasure pier in the world, with its glorious 1.33 miles literally putting Southend on the map as well as into the record books.

Since it was built in 1830, the Pier has seen both jubilant and troubled times coupled with many changes as it has evolved to meet the trends of the passing decades of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a true survivor, having lived through fires, boat crashes, two world wars and economic decline as well as braving the elements of mother nature in beating off the effects of the weather and the waves.

Southend Pier is open every day all year round, except for Christmas day and is suitable for all ages. Both the walkway and pier trains have disabled access. The last entry onto the Pier is one hour before closing and opening hours are seasonal and subject to change annually.


Ballards Gore Golf Club

2 miles from Riverside Village Holiday Park

Ballards Gore hosts to some of the county's top competitions and is one of Essex's hidden gems. It is a parkland course built in 1980 offering a good test for all standards with a blend of tricky tree lined, water and open holes with true greens.

Ballards Gore has some of the best facilities in the county, not only with a championship course but a superb practise area, modern clubhouse with bar and restuarant. They can cater for all visitors, casual golfers, golf societies and corporate events where you will be received with a warm welcome.


Southend (London) Airport

6 miles from Riverside Village Holiday Park

London Southend Airport is a well-established facility serving business and leisure passengers flying within the UK, Europe and beyond. Outside of congested London airspace, Southend is free from overcrowding both on the ground and in the air, yet is just a short hop into the heart of the Capital.

EasyJet and other major airlines run regular flights to many popular holiday destinations from this airport, just 6 miles away from Riverside Village Holiday Park.

Essex Boat Marina

Within a mile of Riverside Village Holiday Park

The Essex Yacht and Boat Marina and Bar is also just a short walk or even shorter drive away.

The marina is on the River Crouch, and boasts 500 deep water moorings, including 50 swinging moorings all with access to the sea at all states of the tide. The Marina is located just 7 miles from Southend-on-Sea and serves an urban population of up to half a million people within less than 30 minutes driving time.


Essex Marina Bar

Within a mile of Riverside Village Holiday Park

Essex Marina Bar is located in Essex Marina alongside the River Crouch. The bar is thoroughly modern and contemporary, yet charming and full of character. With uninterupted views over the River Crouch the balcony provides one of the finest places to spend a summer evening.

The fully licensed bar serves teas, coffees, a cold pint and great food; there is something for everyone. Food is served every day and ranges from breakfasts and snacks to full meals, including the ever popular roast dinner on a Sunday. Everyone is welcome, even if its just for a cup of tea or an ice cream in the summer.

Inside, the decor is tastefully done with wooden flooring, sofas and soft seating, providing a cosy and welcoming atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing and passing the time of day.


Wallasea Ferry

Within a mile of Riverside Village Holiday Park

The Lady Essex ferry offers bird, wildlife, seal and fishing trips. The service runs subject to weather every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and is at a very reasonable price.

The Burham Ferry runs on demand transfers to Burham-on-Crouch. The Ferry runs 6 days a week excluding Wednesdays from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September. Call 07704 060482 for more information.

The ferry allows for foot passengers and cyclists alike to cross the River Crouch to visit the many restaurants, bars, gift shops and cafés Burnham has to offer, as well as lovely riverside walks and miles of cycling across the marshes.


Adventure Island

9 miles from Riverside Village Holiday Park

Adventure Island on Southend seafront is the perfect day out for all the family, and being a free admission attraction this means you only pay if you want to play. With over 60 rides there's something for everybody to enjoy.

Scream through the loops and twists of Rage, with its 75ft drop and 360 degree barrel roll. It's the only ride of its kind in England and was voted the most thrilling rollercoaster in the UK by BBC1's Blue Peter.

Hear your little pirates shout arrrrrrr on the Jumping Jolly Rogers, or the thirteen other rides especially for little ones including The Kiddie Coaster. Don't forget to pack your sun cream as Southend on Sea is officially the warmest and driest part of the UK.


Fishing and Angling

Within a mile of Riverside Village Holiday Park

There are a series of fishing lakes on the site which are available for keen anglers. Fishing on the site is for our residents only and passes are available at reception.

Sea fishing can also be enjoyed along the banks of the Crouch, and there are several places on the banks at the nearby Marina that are popular with anglers.