Clacton-on-Sea, home to the Clacton Airshow

If you are in search of the traditional pleasures of the seaside with a modern twist, and would like to relive some treasured childhood memories, then Clacton-on-Sea is the perfect destination. Whether you come for a day out at the seaside, the fun and thrills of the fair or to visit the award winning seafront gardens you'll be sure to have a great time. This is the ideal location for either a long weekend break, family or group holiday! Accommodation ranges from holiday parks, traditional B&Bs to comfy hotels where prices remain very competitive.

A fun way to explore this traditional seaside town with the kids, is to take a self-guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail!


Discover Clacton



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Visit the Essex Sunshine Coast

Clacton-on-Sea, the largest town on the Essex Sunshine Coast, is a bustling but affordable seaside resort. It boasts an array of entertainment facilities including a pleasure pier, arcades, the Princes and the Westcliff Theatres, a golf course, seafront walks, water sports and an airfield offering pleasure flights.

The main shopping area contains many of the more familiar national chains, independent stores as well as a variety of eateries to tantalise your taste buds which is a common theme throughout the area. Just outside of town is Clacton Factory Outlet offering a wide range of individual stores with famous name brands at discounted prices.

An eclectic annual events programme including fetes, fairs, carnivals and the two day annual Clacton Airshow in August will keep you occupied throughout your stay.

A renaissance of the seafront is underway in the form of a £36 million pound coastal defence project from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven covering 5kms creating 22 new glorious beaches in separate bays which can be enjoyed at all states of the tide.

With easy links by road, train, coach, ferry and plane and the centre of London only an hour or so away, makes it an easily accessible destination.

Highlights of the area

Fun rides on Clacton Pier.
Six and a half acres of fun and entertainment, including undercover and outside rides, arcades, six-lane bowling centre, SeaQuarium, Boardwalk Bar, side stalls, takeaways and much more for the family.
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A range of great brands and independent stores selling all at discounts of up to 60% on high street prices. Don’t miss out on the exciting seasonal events, festivals and live entertainment as well as enjoying the fantastic kids play area.
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Built originally as a fort to defend against invasion by Napoleon in the early 19th Century, the tower now acts as a central hub for the local community and visitors. There are regular arts and heritage exhibitions, talks and events.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.