Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September | Southend-on-Sea

HMS Leigh - The Bravest Pier in the World - Live Event for Schools

Thanks to the continued dedication of everyone involved in the HMS Leigh project, the Bravest Pier in the World Event will be welcoming schools on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th September.
HMS Leigh - The Bravest Pier in the World - Live Event for Schools

Time & Location

Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September
Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EH, UK

About the Event

This is a private event for schools only. Please note the Pier will be closed to the public on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th September. Everyone can attend the HMS Leigh Bravest Pier in the World community event on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September when the pier will reopen to event ticket holders.

The HMS Leigh Project is happy to announce the long awaited live public event on Southend Pier will be taking place Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th September 2021. 

Thanks to the continued dedication of everyone involved in this project, the Bravest Pier in the World Event will be welcoming schools on the Thursday 23rd  and Friday 24th September. 

The public event will on Saturday  25th and Sunday 26th September. Visitors will be invited not just to walk the hallowed boards of Southend Pier, but also to learn about the amazing history of the nearly 200 old structure and meet actors playing people from WW2  Southend and HMS Leigh. 

With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Southend Borough Council, and the help  of our partners the Leigh-on-Sea Royal British Legion, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, the Southend RNLI who have kept the Thames Estuary safe since 1876, the ever helpful  Southend Borough Council Culture and Tourism department, Southend Pier Staff, Southend Pier Museum and the wonderful S.E. Branch of the Essex Society for Family History, we will be  celebrating the world class heritage on our doorstep that has been dubbed, ‘The Bravest Pier In The  World’

On our schools days the Pier shelters will house actors in period costume portraying some of those  characters whose hard work, day-in and day-out for 6 years, turned the longest pleasure pier in the  world into a Royal Navy Battle Station.  HMS Leigh defended the Thames, kept London running and dispatched over 80,000 ships on  convoys throughout the world all of which helped the Allies eventually to defeat the enemy. 

If the schools in Southend and South East Essex, interested in bringing a class, a year or the whole  school, would like to find out more about the event or book a slot, they can contact us at  schools@hmsleigh.org.uk.