Popular river cruises on the world's last seagoing paddle steamer are set to return to Southend Pier again this year, it has been revealed.

Waverley Excursions, which offers trips on the historic vessel from the end of the pier along the River Blackwater and River Medway, as well as trips along the Thames to Tower Bridge and the Second World War Maunsell Forts, has unveiled its provisional dates for this year.

The Waverley, which was built on the River Clyde in 1947, has become a regular visitor to Southend, and this year is no different as it is set to re-launch its river cruises from the landmark pier on September 23.

These London and Thames Estuary cruises will last until October 13.

The full timetable will be released later in the year, when passengers will also be able to book the cruises.

Following the "highly successful" 2023 season, the charity which runs the historic paddle steamer is developing an "exciting and innovative" sailing programme for this year, which will see a further expansion of Waverley’s calling points and the cruises offered.

The Waverley is currently undergoing winter maintenance and refit work at her berth in Glasgow.

For more information on the excursions, visit waverleyexcursions.co.uk.