Clocks go back: Daylight savings activities in Southend

It may seem like a long time ago since late night sunsets but this weekend marks the official end of British summer time (BST).

The clocks go back at 2am this Sunday, October 25.

Thanks to daylight savings, we all gain an extra hour this weekend as clocks ‘fall back’.

Clocks should automatically change on smartphones and computers, but analog or older devices may need to be changed manually. 

Daylight savings brings darker, longer nights and shorter days – clocks will go forward and we will lose an hour on Sunday, March 28 2021. 

Here are some of the things you could do with that extra hour in Southend this weekend:

Harry Potter Quiz 

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Potterheads unite!

Do you know your expecto patronum from your alohomora?

The Royal British Legion in Rayleigh are hosting a Harry Potter quiz from 4pm on Sunday. 

Teams are limited to groups of six or less and tickets cost £3 per person. 

Macrame workshop, Margaret Raymond Florist 

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Why not use your extra hour to learn or improve upon a new skill?

This make your own macrame plant pot hanger is suitable for beginners and improvers.

The workshop includes expert tuition and there is a wide choice of coloured cotton and a plant to add to your collection.

All materials plus refreshments are included, plus a small plant to take home for £25 per person. 

The event starts at 10.30am and you must buy a ticket in advance. 

Bottomless brunch, Garrards 

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What better way to wind-away a Sunday than by booking in a spot with your friends for bottomless brunch? 

We’re lucky enough to be spoiled with choices for bars and restaurants in Southend, many of which serve the modern weekend tradition. 

If you’re a fan of something a bit extra why not head to Garrards for a quirky and indulgent bottomless brunch. Choose from a range of packages including soft drinks, prosecco or cocktails – bottomless prosecco brunch is priced at £20 per person.

Sea Life

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With your extra hour this weekend why not explore the deep and let your inner Attenborough shine? 

Sea Life has a wide range of animals including penguins, sharks, turtles and otters – to name a few. 

The attraction can be found on the Eastern Esplanade and booking before your visit is recommended. 

Walk around Hadleigh Castle 

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Image by our Camera Club member Michael Walker

Is there a better way to welcome in the autumn than with a great big walk and the promise of a pint at the end? 

The historic Hadleigh Castle ruins overlook the Essex marshes and was begun in about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh.

Later the castle was extensively refortified by Edward III during the Hundred Years War, becoming a favourite residence of the ageing king.

Walking from Leigh to Hadleigh Castle takes approximately 45 minutes, at just more than two miles each way the walk is a great way to inject some exercise into your weekend. 

There are lots of pubs on the way and Google is filled with pub-route recommendations. 

What will you be doing with your extra hour? Let us know in the comments.

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