Clacton on Sea is a seaside resort on the Tendring peninsula and the largest town in the district. It is a favourite tourist destination for its magnificent beaches (Clacton on Sea has one of the 10 Blue Flag beaches still remaining in the East of the country at Martello Bay) and day-trip facilities.
Places of Interest
The Clacton Seafront Gardens is a superb pole of attraction and a place you want to be if you are looking for amazing colours throughout the season and a gorgeous backdrop for your walks or while cycling. It comprises incredible scenery that blends with the miles of golden beaches and the pier, creating a visual euphoria.
Clacton Pier is a fantastic 6 1/2-acre theme park, full of entertainment facilities and activities, including amusements, an undercover fairground, side stalls, an outside fairground, Seaquarium, takeaways, and numerous children's areas, to name just a few. A splendid idea for a fun day out!
The former Napoleonic Fort, the Jaywick Martello Tower, is now a central hub for locals and visitors alike and a place that will bring out your romantic side, as it sits so beautifully close to the beach. There, you can let yourself be drawn into the lovely sunsets or admire fine pieces of art during the regular arts and heritage exhibitions, among other events.
Now, if you like shopping, Clacton won't disappoint you. The Clacton Factory Outlet is a shopping mecca, with a broad array of stores, where you can get up to 60% off High Street prices!
Finally, the 100-acre Holland Haven Country Park provides a unique opportunity for bird watching as it rests on the coast between Frinton on Sea and Clacton on Sea. With such unspoilt picturesque views of the coastline, it is highly unlikely this place will fall short.
Besides all that, night-time Clacton also has much to offer, due to its vibrant night-life and the two theatres. In fact, the Princes and West Cliff Theatre are two of the last theatres in the UK offering an old-style summer show and attract a-lists from all over the world. That aside, you will find plenty of clubs, pubs, and restaurants to meet your requirements for a fun time and fine dining!
Most Notable Annual Events
Those that want some adrenaline boost and family fun will find the annual events more than satisfactory. The Clacton Carnival lasts for a week (8-14 August this year) and offers a great reason to celebrate and enjoy yourself, with this year's theme being Heroes and Villains! As for the Clacton Airshow, expect a phantasmagorical aerial display from the Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with the Red Arrows and Vulcan ripping the skies, among so many others. No wonder it sees record crowds every single year!
Things to Do
You can join the Clacton Aero Club and either fly with them or get to drive a classic or vintage vehicle. Those into golf can test their skills at the local golf club, the Millers Barn Golf Park, or the Frinton Golf Club courses, and feel the sea breeze cooling them off during the summer days. In addition, you can also enjoy water sports for the entire family, ranging from sea fishing and water-skiing to power boating and jet skiing. A special treat for the family is also the Merilees Farm, Walton on the Naze, where you can go pony riding. Did you enjoy that and want some more? Sure! The Saddlebrooke Chase Riding School is always there to teach you how to run ride!