As Southend gets ready for the 23rd Leigh Folk Festival (26 – 29 June), we’ve been wondering what you like to listen to when you’re on the go. Whatever journey you’re making, music can enhance the quality of your travels, whether it has you nodding along on the train to work or dancing down the street on your way to the shops.
We carried out a survey asking you about your favourite travel tunes and the results are in! If you were wondering whether Southenders are more likely to be found head banging to heavy guitar or grooving out to some smooth jazz then keep reading.
The Leigh Folk Festival organisers will be happy to hear that more than half of you like a bit of folk on your way to work. But on the whole, it seems the good people of Southend are pop lovers. Over 70% of you would rather be bopping to Kylie than bouncing to Tupac on your commute. Rock ‘n’ roll came in a close second with well over 60% loving some guitar action in their tunes; in fact the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Road Trippin’’ came out as the firm favourite travel song to listen to. Unfortunately for the Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society, only 5% of you enjoy the baritone accompaniment of opera music on the journey to the office.
For more interesting results from our survey, and song suggestions for your daily commute, follow us on Twitter: @IiMSouthend.
And no matter what music you’re into, head to the Leigh Folk Festival this weekend for a fun family day out or a date with that special person!
Both venue areas for the festival are easily accessible by bike, bus and train.
The Library Gardens
All events on Saturday (28 June) are taking place either in or around The Library Gardens.
Train: If you are coming by train, then the venues are a short walk from Leigh-on-Sea station. Walk up Belton Way for about 8 minutess, along Rectory Grove for about 3 mins and then take the right fork into Broadway West. You’ll find the Library Gardens on your right after 200 yards. If you are travelling on National Express East Anglia trains we would recommend you get off at Rayleigh. There are regular buses running from there to Leigh-on-Sea, taking around half an hour.
Bus: The Library Gardens are accessible by the number 5 and 1 bus routes from Southend towards Basildon. The closest stop is Leigh Church on Broadway West if you are coming from Southend. The Library Gardens will be on your left when you reach the bus stop. If you are coming from the direction of Basildon (west), Leigh Post Office on Rectory Road is the closest stop. From the bus stop, turn right off Rectory Grove and walk south down the foot path (about 50m and a 2 minute work) until you reach Broadway West. Leigh House and the Library Gardens will be a little way down Broadway West on the right-hand side of the road.
Bike: There are plenty of places to park your bike if you fancy cycling to the Festival, with spaces available on either side of the Library Gardens just off Broadway West.
Old Leigh High Street
All events on Sunday (29 June) are taking place on and around the High Street of Old Leigh, which is also easily accessible by all means of transport.
Train: If you are coming by train, when you leave the station turn right and go over the bridge, then turn left to follow the train tracks with the estuary on your right, past the cocklesheds and you’ll reach the High Street in about 5 minutes. If you are travelling on National Express East Anglia trains we would recommend you get off at Rayleigh. There are regular buses running from there to Leigh-on-Sea, taking around half an hour.
Bus: The High Street is accessible from bus stops at the train station which are serviced by bus numbers 6a and 18. From the train station, follow the directions outlined above.
Bike: The nearest place to leave your bikes is either side of the Library Gardens of Broadway West. Then walk east from Broadway West to the junction with Elm Road (about 50m away). At the junction, turn right and head southbound on the footpath (around 100m and a 2 minute walk) to the end where it meets Leigh Hill. Turn right onto Leigh Hill and walk along the road for about 150m (4 minutes), continuing when it turns to New Road. Just after Hadleigh Road appears on your right, turn left and walk down the path over the train tracks. It comes to the high street after 20m.