Southend Pier is set to transform with bumper cars, sideshow games and live entertainment for a week-long half-term festival.

Children will be able to try their luck in hook-a-duck, take a whirl on mini bumper cars and bounce with bungee trampolines as the Springtime Festival launches next weekend.

The event hailed as "perfect for kids and families" will run over the half-term from Saturday, May 25 until Sunday, June 2 with a range of entertainment on the landmark pier's head.


Alongside the classic sideshow games and amusements throughout the week, visitors will be able to enjoy music from Middle Age Spread and DJ Greg Barker over the bank holiday weekend, while children can enjoy face-painting and live entertainment.

This comes as part of Southend Council's ongoing efforts to enhance visitor experience on the world's longest pleasure pier, with recent additions including the Land's End style selfie signpost and the new gift shop, as well as fun-filled events including the early May bank holiday extravaganza.

Wristbands are just £5 per person and allow visitors to try their hand at all the sideshow games, bumper cars and trampolines as much as they like all day.

These can be purchased on the day from any ticket desk.

This is in addition to the usual pier admission prices, which ranges from £3 for adults and £2 for children to walk both ways.