Clacton-on-Sea Things to Do

  • Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
    Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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  • Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
    Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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  • Seafod stall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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    Clacton Car Show...

    by arturowan Updated Apr 22, 2014
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    The Clacton Car Show was first held in 2012
    It was a meeting of car & bike enthusiasts on the Parish playing field, a few miles outside the main town, in Little Clacton...
    An eclectic mix of 300 vintage, classic, custom; bikes, cars, scooters, & even prototype homebuilts were on show for the enthusiast to peruse...
    As well as the well-kempt old cars & motocycles, some folk put on show vehicles they had built themselves, including a lookalike RED BULL F1 car!
    However, the vehicle that truly turned my head (& scared me) when I saw it coming towards me like something off the set of MAD MAX II - was the Triker hot rod - featured in the photo's, where it was later demonstrated outside Clacton Pier!
    Admission costs £3 - next show 18th May 2014

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    Clacton Pier

    by arturowan Updated Apr 22, 2014
    Epico the Dragon & Sir Aurelious!
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    Clacton Pier is the centre of the resort's seafront & the obvious main attraction...
    As well as the amusements & rides, there are other attractions, including an aquarium & a Punch & Judy man...
    0ther 1off promotional events occur on or outside the pier's covered area, on occasion; most notably the annual Clacton Air Show, (as the Red Arrows use it as the marker for their crossover manouevres...)
    The pier also holds a sandcastle-building competitions, & music gigs & live radio festivals in the summer, & has hosted the Radio1 on tour season...
    During high season, the pier is the obvious family visitor centre, with children being greeting at the main entrance by enthusiastic staff in cuddly-critter disguises!
    Entry to the pier is free - you only pay for rides & activities...

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    The Waverley...

    by arturowan Written Apr 22, 2014
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    The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer, built on the Clyde in 1947
    She was named after Walter Scott's novel of that name & after ending working life, was fully restored in 2003
    Having been returned to the original decor of the 1940's, this paddle steamer is a magnificent sight, which is now used for private & group daytrips...
    The Waverley can be boarded from many departure points around the British Isles, but visits The Thames area & can be boarded from Clacton Pier, once a year...
    Contact Clacton Tourist Information for next departure date...

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    Beer festival

    by bonio Written Sep 11, 2007
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    The Clacton beer festival was on when we visited, coincidence? no way!
    It's a small and friendly festival held in a local church hall, around 50 beers for me to choose from and several Belgian fruit beers for Mrs Bonio to enjoy. Enjoyed the music and the food on offer too, would happily revisit the festival.

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    Go to the beach

    by bonio Written Sep 11, 2007

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    A rare sunny and warm day in August 2007, ideal time to head for Clactons good sandy beach for an enjoyable couple of hours. Plenty of room and deck chairs for hire, even managed a tan.
    Impressed by the cleanliness and that several lifeguards were on duty too.

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    Just like being in London.

    by planxty Written Jul 16, 2007
    Seafod stall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.

    A long time ago, when I was starting on my VT "journey", I posted a lot of tips about the area I live in in London. One of these was a tip about Tubby Isaac's stall in Aldgate - a place to get excellent seafood. I was, therefore, very pleasantly surprised to find anther branch (if that's the right word) in Clacton. Being nearer to the sea, I reckon the merchandise there is, if possible, even fresher.

    If you visit Clacton, you must visit here. My personal favourite? A big pot of cockles (locally caught) with lots of vinegar and white pepper.

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    Take a train ride.

    by planxty Written Jul 16, 2007

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    Road train, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.

    Well, I'm not talking about getting the train to London (for which see separate transportation tip), what I'm talking about is a road-train trip along the front to Holland-on-Sea.

    The train, as pictured, runs regularly during the summer months. It's only about a mile or so in each direction, but it might serve to keep bored youngsters amused for a while.

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    The Pier.

    by planxty Written Jul 16, 2007
    Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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    OK, let's assume you have ignored the warning on my intro page to Clacton and you go there, you will almost inevitably end up on the pier.

    Historically, t is quite interesting being opened to the public on 18th July 1871, having been built by a man called Bruff who could see the potential holiday market in the town (or village as it was then). It was extended in 1893 to it's present length of 1180 feet. It hasn't been wothout it's problems, mind you. Storms and high seas in 1978, 1979 and 1987 have all take their toll on the structure.

    Today, it is a basically large amusement arcade suspended over the sea. The photos give a flavour (I hope) of what is on offer.

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    Marine Gardens

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    You will find the Marine Gardens spread along the seafront above Clacton's beach, with several themes - Rose Garden, 1920's Garden, Sensory Garden, Mediterranean Garden etc. They were created in 1921, restored and enhanced in 1996. In the Rose Garden there is also a spectacular metallic pavillion which looked impressive.

    As someone who has a small back garden myself I was pleasantly surprised by these little parks. The warm, dry climate of the 'Sunshine Coast' allows some interesting plants to be grown successfully. In my opinion much better than your average tired English seaside municipal lawn!!

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    Clacton Pier

    by aaaarrgh Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    beach and pier

    Clacton Pier stretches out into the North Sea and was opened in 1871. It was the first part in the plan to make Clacton an attractive, Victorian seaside destination.

    There is plenty to keep you entertained on the pier. At the shore end there is a covered fairground, with dodgems, a ghost train, roundabouts and arcades. At the far end is a large, reasonably priced restaurant. The tranquil sunny weather and constant cheesy piped music made me feel like I was on the set of "The Truman Show". There were plenty of small yachts out to sea, maybe desparate Clactonians trying to reach the horizon ;-)

    From the far end you have an excellent view of Clacton, stretching from the Martello Towers at one end of the beach and north to the beach huts of Holland-by-Sea.

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    Beach

    by ginte Written Aug 13, 2004

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    You can find an escape from the hot London's streets in the summer at the beach of Clacton-on-Sea. All beach is 'divided' into two zones with the long bridge full of entertainment for children. On the right part you will find it more noisy and with lots of people and left part is much calmer and more romantic.

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    Pier

    by bonio Written Sep 11, 2007
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    Plenty of the usual amusements here and eating drinking places too but, also quiet ares to sit and enjoy the sun away from the noise.
    It's free to get on.

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    Another part of the beach

    by ginte Written Aug 19, 2004

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    'Busy' part of the beach

    Here you can see the 'busy' part of the beach with lots of people and attractions for children.

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    Walking

    by ginte Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    When it's enough sea and sun for you at the beach, you can enjoy a town by walking not far away from it. Some houses and yards are really nice and cosy.

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    Park

    by ginte Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    Near the main entrance to the beach you will find a nice park with lots of flowers. I'm sure, you will enjoy this calm place.

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