Essex Guild of Silk Painters
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Getting to the Festival

Download the SEC Campus map here:

Map of South Essex College and Southend Town Centre
Southend Campus Map.pdf
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Public Transport:

Southend is east of London and on two train lines. The London Liverpool Street line (Abellio Greater Anglia) terminates at Southend Victoria at the North end of the High Street. The previous stop on this line is also London Southend Airport. The other line is the London Fenchurch Street line (C2C) which calls at Southend Central, next to the Festival venue of South Essex College and the University Halls. This is halfway down the High Street. This is also the line which serves Leigh on Sea, where we will be offering a sketch tour.



A number of buses serve the centre of Southend where there is also a bus terminal.


You can find out more about the bus and train services here. 



Southend is fairly close to London and its airports, but also has its own airport, now known as "London Southend", just a few minutes from the Festival location by train taxi or car.You can find out more about available flights here.



The Festival is taking place in the middle of Southend which is busy and some areas are pedestrian only, no parking and/ or one-way. The College does have parking nearby to it (some is underneath the college) but you do have to pay. Prices vary and there are some 24 hour car parks. You can look up a map of the council car parks and prices etc here. The closest ones are the Central station at weekends (there may be space early on), Warrior Square (further but large), and Clarence Rd. The one way system is complex so please use a satnav!


Bike and foot:

Southend centre is easily walkable including from both stations to the College if you have rolling luggage (about 10 minutes) and some areas especially the seafront have safe bicycle paths.



There are several taxi ranks in the middle of Southend- you can find out where here. There are also several companies- we suggest choosing one before you get here so you can note the number! The airport does have a taxi rank as do both the stations although occasionally you will have to wait for one to turn up.

Other Useful Links

You can find out more about the area and what's on using the Visit Southend website here.


You could stay in the faded but iconic Park Inn hotel (The Palace Hotel) at the top of Pier Hill overlooking the seafront: see their website here. 


If you fancy a smaller place to stay there are several B&Bs and family hotels- try the Smoothhound website here. 

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