Southend Arcades and The Kursaal Entertainment
Ice creams, sand in your toes and 2p slot machines are all childhood memories of days spent at the seaside. Although fewer and farther between, there are still plenty of games on offer at today’s arcades. Which makes an ideal escape if it decides to bucket it down outside. Here are Southend’s most popular.
Astro City has a huge collection of retro games that keep parents as well as kids amused for hours. It’s relatively new as arcades go, so it’s still cleaner than most. As it’s bang in the middle of town opposite the shopping centre, it is nearest the central train station, too.
If the weather is a bit, ‘meh’ in Southend, then The Kursaal can come in handy, as it has been doing so for over 100 years. One of the world’s first purpose built amusement parks, the Kursaal was opened at the turn of the twentieth century. Right on the corner of Marine Parade, its main draw today is the 10 pin bowling lanes and the casino. There’s also a full set of arcade games and a soft play for kids. Oh and there are bars. Plenty of bars.
Right on the main seafront is the Happidrome. Home to your all-time-faves such as 2p push machines and modern games, too, with a bit of retro in there for good luck. It’s easy to get to from the beach and town, which is always a winner with us.
At the very beginning of Marine Parade is Sunspot Amusements, another of those old time good time kinda places. It’s got all the usual kit and you can whittle away your winnings as easily as they come. Which we always seem to do.