2022 is officially underway and there is plenty to look forward to in Southend in the coming months.

Not only will the town officially become a city, but there is a host of big events lined up that are worth signing up for while you can.

We’ve taken a look ahead to this year and provided four events that we think are a must see/ do.

Cliff’s Pavilion

This isn’t one specific event - but that’s simply because our theatre has so much on offer.

The Cliffs Pavilion has a bumper year lined-up, with some pretty big names set to appear there in the next 12 months.

Comedians lined up include John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan and Alan Carr.

But if you’re looking for something a little different than the traditional stand-up show, then there’s plenty of other special guests lined up.

Astronaut Tim Peake will be recounting his voyage into space, Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood will be providing a kitchen masterclass and even Harry Redknapp will be stopping by to provide some of his best anecdotes.

Visit southendtheatres.org.uk for more.

All-aboard the steam train

This one may not be taking place in Southend, but it is certainly one not to miss.

Steam Dreams is providing luxury transport to Bath from Southend in May, via its Pullman coaches and steam train.

Passengers have the option to enjoy a champagne breakfast en-route to the historic city, before enjoying a fine dinner on the return journey.

Tickets are still available via steamdreams.co.uk

Human League gig

Popular 80s pop band Human League will be pitching up at Garon Park in July.

And of course, they will be playing their classic hits to a crowd of fans, including Don’t You Want Me and Love Action.

DJ’s Martin Kemp and Rusty Egan will be joining the band during the gig to keep music fans entertained and help them roll back the years.

Tickets are available via skiddle.com.

90’s festival

If its 90s music you’re after, then fear not.

Garon Park will also be hosting The Vengaboys, S Club and 911 during another action packed day of music.

A festival – dubbed 90s Playtime - featuring the world-renowned bands is lined up for April.

90'S DANCE ARENA and DJs Courtney Mac and Beaver will also be stopping by during the nine-hour event.

Tickets are available via skiddle.com.