About Clacton on Sea
Clacton is one of the biggest seaside towns in Essex, vying with Southend in the south of the county. It has everything you need for a day out at the seaside (and a night-time if you’re a party animal). There are award winning, family-friendly beaches including West Beach which has the Blue Flag Award, a pier with rides and amusements, lots of places to eat, plus gardens to sit in and the Westcliff and Princes Theatre if you are planning on staying in the town for some evening entertainment.
The Clacton Air Show is one of the biggest events to happen in East Anglia, with thousands of people visiting the town for the event.
Getting there and getting about
The A120 and A133 will take you into town. It’s not oversupplied with car parking, and the early bird gets the worm.
The train station is well served, and is in easy walking distance of the front.
South of the pier is a petting zoo, and a short walk takes you to Jaywick with big beaches and with a Martello Tower which is open during the summer, and well worth a visit.
And north of the pier, climb up onto the greensward and go for a long walk up to Holland-on-Sea, admiring the views. The East Beach is having a lot of money pumped into it to renovate the sea walls and create extra beaches.
Heading into/out of Clacton, there’s the Clacton Factory Outlet.
And don’t neglect Clacton in the winter. You can go for a bracing winter walk in Clacton south of the pier as we did last year taking in some amazing new murals, and the Martello towers that dot the Essex coastline, and look out for the blue plaque which commemorates where a very young Winston Churchill made an unscheduled stop on the beach (he was in a plane at the time!!).