Shoebury East Beach

Shoeburyness has storied military history, particularly from the Second World War, and is home to two Blue Flag winning beach destinations, West Beach and East Beach. West Beach, or more commonly referred to as Common Beach, is nearest to Southend. East Beach is the more popular destination, for its Blue Flag-winning stretch of sandy beach and costal grasslands. It is set away from the main seafront area, which makes a perfect location for quiet picnics, family barbecues, sunbathing, relaxing. Watersports enthusiasts also come to the area as Shoebury East Beach offers ideal conditions for kitesurfing and paddle boarding.


Shoebury East Beach was once home to a massive defence boom built in 1944 during the Second World War to prevent enemy ships or submarines from gaining access into the River Thames. After the war, a large portion of the boom was dismantled but a mile-long stretch still reaching out to the Thames Estuary. This left East Beach sandwiched between the Pig’s Bay MoD site and the former Shoeburyness Artillery barracks.
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If you would like to take a stroll or cycle along the seafront, you can take the new path that leads to these two areas of interest at Shoebury East Beach.

Garrison Complex is a nature conservation area ideal for dog walking and also allows you to see its historic buildings, old-fashioned cannons, and its surrounding brick archways.

Gunners Park is a nature reserve managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. The park is home to rare species as well as migrating birds and local hares.


Essex Kitesurfing School opened at Shoebury East Beach in 2002. Since then, the kitesurfing school has progressed into becoming an institution in the area. The kitesurfing school offers several courses that range from a 1-day Beginner Course, a 2-day Beginner Course, a Refresher Day, and a Progression Course. There is also a one-on-one Private Tuition option available. And if you would like to kitesurf without having to haul the equipment, Essex Kitesurfing School offers equipment for hire, provided that they are satisfied with your skills. For more information or to make a booking, visit

Dogs at Shoebury East Beach

You are allowed to bring your pet dog(s) to Shoebury East Beach from 1st October to 30th April. Guide dogs, on the other hand, are allowed to accompany you to the beach throughout the year.


Shoebury East Beach is equipped with regular toilets and disabled toilets. There is also a pay-and-display car park that can be accessed through Rampart Terrace.

How to get to Southbury East Beach

C2C runs a direct line from London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness Station. It will talk approximately an hour of journey time to arrive at Southburyness Station. There are 4 trains per hour on weekdays, depending on peak or off-peak travel time. Tickets bought more than three days in advance are £11.90 for an off-peak return ticket.

The station is approximately a five-minute walk away from the beach, which means you’ll be in the water in no time!

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