Published 26th October 2020

A new website dedicated to Southend pier has been launched to provide information on the history of the pier, upcoming events and raise the profile of our most famous visitor attraction.

The website has been set up to give some insight into the history of Southend pier with the aim of increasing local knowledge and to reach people all over the world.

The site will show information on upcoming events such as the popular Santa on the Pier event which starts again in a few weeks. There will be news items and pictures of the pier through the years and other promotions.

Plans are also in place to develop links to webcams showing the views from a mile and a third out to sea and an online system for visitors to book their trips to the world’s longest pleasure pier. Information regarding these links will be shared once they are in operation.

Prior to the current Labour-led administration gaining control of the council last summer the pier – despite its fame – has never had its own website. Labour Councillor Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, said: “Creating a new, dedicated website for the pier is something I have been keen to see completed. We have been developing what’s on offer on the pier and it rightly deserves its own website to give residents and visitors a plethora of information regarding the pier and its history. We have worked closely with local experts to create a ‘history of the pier’ section, which details all the changes this iconic landmark has seen since its construction in 1830. We have invested heavily in the pier recently, with money being spent on structural repairs, and also the exciting plans to replace the pier trains with new, eco-friendly trains, which are set to be in place for Spring 2021.”

“I hope both residents and visitors find the new site useful. Whilst we have all had an extremely challenging year, pier visitor numbers have shown confidence in the attraction with September numbers actually higher than they were last year. Even through the difficult times we find ourselves in, people are still keen to visit the pier and I would remind everyone that it is open every day over the half term period.”

To new website can be found at

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