ART enthusiasts flocked to an open day event at a South Essex theatre.

Southend Arts Council hosted its annual open day to entice visitors into trying something new.

It was a free event, which was supported by Southend Council.

The event was held the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, on Sunday.

There were a range of activities on the day including painting a picture that isn’t by numbers, and singing songs from musicals.

The guests at the event were also treated to live performances from musical groups offering a chance to catch a glimpse from upcoming shows.

Steve McCartney. 56, secretary of Southend Arts Council said it was a successful event.

He added: “The event went really well. The different groups who were showcasing their arts worked really well.

“We had lots of tables and different groups including a choir, dramatics groups, authors and many more.

“This is the ninth year that we have held this event and this year’s open day was well attended.

“The arts groups were also looking for new members. The Cliffs Pavilion is a good space for this kind of event as it is so open.

“We had a good amount of people coming in and out of the theatre throughout the day.

“Southend always has lots going on and so we are often up against big events when we hold our open days.

“There were people who came into the theatre for afternoon tea who also stopped to have a look at the stalls and groups on the day.”

Southend Arts Council (SOSAC) promotes amateur arts across the borough and supports a wide range of local arts groups.