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A pebble's-throw from the hustle and bustle

Westcliff-on-Sea is Southend-on-Sea's more relaxed sister shore. While the main event is filled with fast rides and neon signs, Westcliff Beach has a more hassle-free vibe with just a sprinkling of amenities. There's a colourful row of cafes and ice cream parlours, while the Beach Hut's terrace positions you right over the sand. Treating yourself? For a more upmarket affair, French restaurant Toulouse sits on the promenade and gets busy with locals and seasiders alike.

While away the day in Chalkwell Park

About a mile away is one of Essex's best-kept secrets. Beautiful ornamental gardens, a children's skate park and outdoor tennis courts offer something for everyone at Chalkwell Park. The beautiful green space plays host to events throughout the year, including concerts and even outdoor cinema nights.

Peaceful, yet close to the action

Westcliff-on-sea has a duty lifeguard, just enough to keep you entertained and enjoys the same clean water as Southend. And the Westcliff coast is a far less crowded affair, making it a great place for families to pack a picnic and enjoy a peaceful day at the beach, while still being close enough to the colourful arcades and high-octane Adventureland. Planning a trip to Westcliff-on-sea? The Travelodge Southend on Sea hotel is less than a mile away and the Travelodge Basildon Wickford hotel is less than half an hour along the A127.