Educating Essex: Leigh-on-Sea Insight
Considering a change of location? Here's Leigh-on-Sea's offerings.
Leigh-on-Sea is a town full of unique character and vibrant charm. With galleries, boutiques and craft shops, a selection of pubs, fish restaurants and the famous cockle sheds, the picturesque town was recently voted the happies place to live in the UK!
Area expert: Rob Kahl, Sales Manager, Scott & Stapleton, Leigh-on-Sea. “I’ve lived in Leigh for 25 years and have experienced it both as a single man enjoying the bars and sports facilities, and as a married father who now enjoys the beach and the cafés on the Broadway for family breakfasts. For those moving out from London for family life, there’s no other town as quirky as Leigh.”
Top schools: St Michael’s School, Thorpe Hall School, Alleyn Court School, Maldon Court Preparatory School.
Fabulous for: It has café culture, restaurants and bars and sporting facilities, with the water sports at the beach and Hadleigh Farm mountain biking, used as a venue for the London 2012 Olympics, nearby, close to the ruins of Hadleigh Castle.
Renowned for: Cockles! The Old Town right up to Thorpe Bay is amazing in the hot weather. If you’ve come from the suburbs of East London, it’s incredible to have the waterfront right on your doorstep.
Something for the family: The beach, of course, and lots of parks. It’s great to spend time at the beach and go swimming, especially if you have a beach hut. Belfairs Woodland Centre is great for exploring nature together. As soon as couples get married, or start thinking about having a family, they look to move out of London - and at just 45 minutes on the train from London Fenchurch Street, Leigh is the first town along the line with such open space.
Something for Mum and Dad: Lots of bars and restaurants! The Sand Bar & Seafood Co, Ugo’s Café Bar and Irmas Pizzeria are among the most popular. On Thursday nights, there is a live music night at Ten Green Bottles, too. The majority of these venues are independent so you get a real mix of people and places, giving the feel of Chelsea High Street or Camden Market.