Essex Guild of Silk Painters
Essex Guild of Silk Painters


The "Lego Building" a few minutes away- where you can stay!

Early-Bird Accommodation Deal!

We are excited tohave a special Early-Bird deal on good value accommodation right next to the Festival venue, in the nearby University of Essex Halls (nicknamed the "Lego Building"!). We have a limited number of single ensuite rooms with shower available on the nights of Friday 12th July and/or Saturday 13th July 2019. These are only available for a limited time (we have extended this). We still have ONE left so please book quickly!


Booking will be by online form/email and making an online banking (BACS) deposit, (please get in touch if you can't do this and need to send a cheque with a printed paper form).


Choose from:

Room type



Room only

£59 per night

Self-catering breakfast* in the kitchens on each floor (there are  food shops nearby) or eat in nearby seafront/town cafés

With breakfast box

£65 per night

A cold breakfast box is supplied each night, containing e.g. juice, fruit, croissant/muffin, cereal bar & water.

*by arrangement. We will also be offering optional packed lunches and Festival Dinner or some members may prefer to self-cater/eat out.


Please contact Julie & Denise on  with any questions/enquiries



(for the Universtiy rooms ONLY) BELOW:


Early Bird Accommodation Form

Form for Uni of Essex single Halls rooms only
Accommodation form for special deal rooms at Uni of Essex Halls ONLY
v3 Accommodation Booking Form for Univer[...]
Microsoft Word document [854.8 KB]

Other Accommodation

Southend is also a tourist venue year-round and has a number of hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and other options for you to stay in nearby or slightly further out, especially useful if you want more than a single room. There are many sites such as Tripadvisor or or AirBnB you can use to find and book somewhere suitable, but you can get an overview of what's available on the Visit Southend website. This site also has useful sections on travelling to Southend and what to see, if you fancy staying for longer than just our Festival!


Venue- South Essex College

Purpose-built art rooms in the college.


The iconic mushroom-shaped Dining Area in the Atrium area.


Our Festival is mostly taking part at South Essex College, at the Luker Road, Southend SS1 1ND campus. It is in the middle of the town with ample parking nearby as well as two rail stations (one linking to Southend Airport and both to London) as well as bus routes. See more about the campus and its location here.


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