What's on this month
June is turning it on with a whole heap of jubilations to enjoy. As summer officially arrives with the solstice on 21 June - these are the longest days and lightest nights of the year, which means time for even more fun. With national fish and chip day kicking the whole month off and the riotous Leigh Folk Festival to look forward to at the end of the month, plus plenty in between, there’s loads going on. Check out our June highlights below and we’ll see you on the train there!
Out and about
Whether you're off to the seaside for some fish and chips or off for a picnic June is all about getting outside and enjoying the start of summer. Don’t forget you can save a third on your train tickets if you travel with three or more friends with our GroupSave offer.
National Picnic week 16 June
Lounging on blankets in the sunshine with your favourite people and a nice tipple in hand is pretty close to paradise. This is the week to pack up your sausage rolls, salads, sandwiches and strawberries and head out to a scenic spot. Go for walk in one of these wonderfully green spaces and find a place to throw your rug down.
10 Best Fish and Chip Shops Southend
There really is nowhere better to enjoy salty thick cut chips and good slab of crispy battered fish than by the seaside. To honour the day that is dedicated to one of the most simple and delicious meals in the world, we’ve handpicked our 10 favourites in Southend so next time you’re out there you know exactly where to go to find the best. You’re welcome.
Leigh Folk Festival 22 - 25 June
Running since 1992, the fantastic Leigh Folk Festival has managed to remain a FREE event after all these years. This is largely thanks to the large team of volunteers whole help organise and run the event to keep it to its original grass-roots feel. There’s a whole gamut of folk music on offer, from the more traditional to the more popular so you can enjoy everything that the ‘Thames Delta’ has to offer.
Guide to Shoeburyness
Shoeburyness is either a sleepy beach, or action packed adventure, depending on what you make of it. Sandy beaches and huge sea views make Shoeburyness a different experience from the main pebble beaches of Southend. But there’s more to Shoeburyness than sand - from wildlife to local history. Plus don’t miss out on the Poppies Wave sculpture on until 25 June on Barge Pier.
Pick of the month - Comfy Saddle cycle hire
Cool new venture The Comfy Saddle is based right in Southend Central station. It’s super easy to hire a bike - they have recommended routes, maps and cycle friendly cafes. It’s about 10-15 minutes from there to the Barge Pier for the Poppies. On the way, stop at Ocean Beach, a popular beachside cafe and restaurant, or take a classy rest to drink cocktails at the Roslin Beach Hotel, in Thorpe Bay en-route.
There's always plenty happening in London to keep anybody and everybody entertained no matter what the weather. Here are some of our top picks of new exhibitions and events. Don't forget we have over 200 2FOR1 vouchers to top London attractions, such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Aquarium and many eateries, galleries and museums besides. The list is (almost) endless. All you have to do is download your 2FOR1 voucher in advance and take it along to the attraction with your valid train ticket.
Fahrelnissa Zeid, Tate Modern 06 June - 08 October
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park events
Heading out to see one of these awesome live acts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park? Plan ahead as we’ve added extra trains to help get you there and back. Check our service calendar here: