Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula and was founded in 1871. It is a seaside resort that attracts many visitors.
The seafront gardens are a carpet of glorious colour throughout the season and provide a backdrop for miles of golden sandy beaches and the town's fun packed pier. The town and its beaches are popular with visitors in the summer, and there is an annual entertainment programme including the Clacton Carnival and Clacton Airshow, an aerial display involving historic aircraft such as the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfires, helicopters and the Red Arrows. As well as all the daytime fun Clacton offers a varied and vibrant nightlife with its two theatres, The Princes and West Cliff, attracting top showbiz names and is is one of the last theatres in the country to put on an old style summer show. Clacton has also a plethora of pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.
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