As Easter bunny hops over for its annual visit, check out the great variety of family activities happening in Southend this weekend.

Saturday, March 30

Southend Pier Easter Egg Hunt


Visit Southend Pier from March 29 to April 1 to take part in an "eggs-cellent" Easter Egg Hunt.

Collect your activity sheet, priced at £2.50 per child (plus usual pier admission prices) when you arrive at the pier.

Once you have completed your activity sheet, hop over to the Offshore Bar & Restaurant (Pavilion) to collect a prize.

The egg hunt is available from 10.15am to 4pm.

More info here.

Easter Fun Day at the Royals

Enjoy free fun for the whole family at the Royals Shopping centre, from 11am until 2pm.

Dotted around the shops you will find letters displayed on Easter egg posters. Arrange the letters to make a word, and receive a gift from Ryan the Lion.

More info here.

Lions Club of Leigh Easter Fayre

With stalls, home-made cakes, children's Easter-themed activities and the Lions Club's very own Egg-scape room, there'll be plenty of Easter fun to entertain the family.

To secure an Egg-scape room time slot, email (£4 adults £2 children).

There is free entry to general fair, which is open from 12 noon until 3pm.

More info here.

Easter Seafront Walk and Cafe

Organised by Step Out Essex, the Easter walk is open to all and meets at the Genting Casino in Westcliff from 12 noon.

Take a walk along the seafront, then stop for a drink and a slice of cake at the Rossi café.

Step Out is a social group for neurodivergent and socially anxious young adults.

More info here.

Sunday, March 31

SHIP Easter Eggstravaganza at Southchurch Hall Gardens, Southend


The free “SHIP Easter Eggstravaganza” will feature an Easter bonnet parade and a “scavenger” egg hunt from 11am to 3pm.

It will also offer arts and crafts activities, along with traditional games, and more.

Refreshments will be available at the site, which is fully wheelchair accessible. Dogs are also welcome.

More info here.

Free Easter Egg Hunt and Children's Entertainer at the Old Garrison

Visit the Old Garrison Pub and Kitchen in Campfield Road, Shoebury, for an afternoon of activities from 2.30pm.

Children's entertainer Moji will provide three hours of fun for free.

More info here.

Monday, April 1

Children's Sunflower Painting at Scotts of Southend, Rochford


This free activity will see Scotts of Southend's plant experts teach children how to grow beautiful sunflowers.

The event must be pre-booked online, with adult supervision needed throughout.

More info here.