Chalkwell Park

When you are in the vicinity of the park, The Storm Cone app will guide you to the site of the lost bandstand. The experience will then begin!

Chalkwell Park
Detail of 1939 OS Map, n XCI.1 Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Access:

Chalkwell Park is open every day, including bank holidays. It is conveniently placed for transport links, pedestrian and cycle routes. The park is a short walk from Chalkwell train station. Free parking is available (limited).

Transport Information.

Metal and NetPark

Metal is presenting The Storm Cone in Chalkwell Park’s NetPark and will be happy to provide any additional information or support. Please contact chalkwell@metalculture.com to find out about free NetPark tours and an opportunity to borrow a device to experience The Storm Cone in the park.

www.netpark.zone

Chalkwell Park’s lost bandstand, constructed by Walter MacFarlane’s Saracen foundry ©Scottish Ironwork Foundation.
Chalkwell Park’s lost bandstand, constructed by Walter MacFarlane’s Saracen foundry ©Scottish Ironwork Foundation.

About Chalkwell Park

Chalkwell Park is in Chalkwell, Southend-on-Sea. It was built on the grounds of Chalkwell Hall c 1902, whose building is now the home of the arts organisation Metal. It contains several flower gardens, two children’s playgrounds, football and cricket pitches, tennis courts and a skateboard/BMX park. The park also hosts NetPark, the world’s first digital art park.

The Storm Cone traces the site of Chalkwell Park’s lost bandstand, which was situated in the Park’s meadow/carnival field, near the pond. Originally part of the Pier Hill Buildings in Southend-on-Sea, the bandstand was moved to Chalkwell Park shortly before the outbreak of WWI in 1914. It was only after the War that the bandstand was put to use for performances in the park. Despite its immense popularity, the bandstand was dismantled around the time of WWII.

Postcard of Chalkwell Park provided by Clifford Leech.
Postcard of Chalkwell Park provided by Clifford Leech.