Thorney Bay Village is in a peaceful yet easily accessible corner of the Essex coastline - just minutes from the A13 and swift and simple access to the rest of the county. However there are a whole host of local things to see and do that help make Village life even better. The map below shows just a handful of the local highlights… there's always something new and exciting to try!
The local area
With miles of coast to choose from, Canvey's shoreline really does have something for everyone. The Thorney Bay area has extensive beaches, ideal whether you want a leisurely stroll or some family fun. There are even watersports - including windsurfing - for the more adventurous.
Dutch Cottage Museum
A fascinating look at Canvey's rich and varied heritage, this beautifully restored octagonal cottage is a must-see for any visitor to the island. The interesting building is also packed with historical exhibitions showcasing how Canvey has changed and developed over the years.
The stunning and imposing ruins of Hadleigh Castle are a major landmark for this corner of Britain. Previously the home of Edward III during the Hundred Years War, this fortification is located at the heart of a sprawling country park, with views out across the entire Thames Estuary.
Hadleigh Olympic Site
In 2012, Hadleigh was at the heart of the Olympics, with the magnificent mountain bike course taking centre stage. The exhilarating and exciting route takes in some of the glorious countryside and parkland of the Hadleigh Downs and is sure to be a popular destination for all sports fans.
The longest pleasure pier in the world is a national treasure – and it's just a short drive from Thorney Bay Village. At the heart of Southend's bustling seafront, the huge pier is a much-loved destination for visitors of all ages and offers the opportunity to take in great views of the beautiful coastline.
If you fancy taking a step back in time, the picturesque fishing town of Old Leigh is just a few minutes drive away. With its cobbled streets and eclectic collection of galleries, pubs, restaurants and seafood stalls, this beautiful old town has a unique charm and character.
Packed with rides, entertainment and attractions, Southend's Adventure Island is fun for kids of all ages. Just a short drive away from Thorney Bay Village, you can enjoy everything from jaw-dropping rollercoasters to child-friendly rides at this great family theme park!