Clacton-on-Sea Travel Guide

  • 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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  • Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
    Pier, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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Clacton-on-Sea Things to Do

  • The Pavilion Fun Park...

    The Marine Parade area west of the pier is now full of themed amusements, rides, & a cafe...It is not the area of town that suits me, but it is what a seaside resort is all about, providing alternative entertainment for adults & especially children, to the pier & amusement arcade...0pens daily - 10:30 (closing time seasonal...)

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  • What's on in Clacton?

    If you are looking for things to do in Clacton you can find out at www.WhatsOnTendring.com/clacton the what's on guide lists all events in the district of Tendring so you will find plenty of things going on throughout the area. If you have an event coming up then you can list the event on the site it's so easy to do and you don't have to waste time...

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  • Clacton Car Show...

    The Clacton Car Show was first held in 2012It 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 &...

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  • Clacton Pier

    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...

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  • The Waverley...

    The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer, built on the Clyde in 1947She was named after Walter Scott's novel of that name & after ending working life, was fully restored in 2003Having 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...

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  • Beer festival

    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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Clacton-on-Sea Hotels

  • Chudleigh

    13 Agate Rd, Marine Parade West, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1RA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Cabana Hotel

    8 Collingwood Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1UL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Park Hall

    We had an absolutely terrible experience at Park Hall Cottages – I’m afraid that I would not...

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Clacton-on-Sea Restaurants

  • Pizza!

    Busy Italian restaurant in the town centre. Good tasty pizza and garlic bread for us, Mrs Bonio especially enjoying her profiteroles afterwards.

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  • OK, it's not the Ivy.

    As the title says, it's not the Ivy. What it is, housed in a particularly ugly pre-fabricated building is an end of pier restaurant. I didn't bother with the food which seemed to be entirely of the freezer to plate variety, but I did have a decent cup of coffee which I drank outside (in keeping with the new smoking ban in place in the UK) and very...

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  • Restaurant at the end of the... Pier

    After walking the whole length of Clacton Pier you will see the forbidding wall of metal which is the rear of the Jolly Roger Restaurant. However, it is not nearly as bad as you would expect. I thought it would be an expensive tourist trap, but it was reasonably priced with a good range of palatable meals on offer. There are plenty of indoor tables...

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Clacton-on-Sea Nightlife

  • Entertainmant in the Town Hall!

    Princes Theatre is the largest venue for public entertainment in the seaside resort of Clacton-0n-Sea, & provides a wide range of shows, from comedians such as Joe Pasquale or Jim Davidson; to Rock'n'Roll originals such as Joe Brown or Bon Jovi, & tribute acts for Buddy Holly or The Beach Boys; to on-tour Russian ballet...The Town Hall is an...

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  • West Cliff Story...

    The West Cliff is the only remaining purpose-built theatre in Clacton, having entertained holidaymakers & locals on the same site since 1899It is now run independtly by the West Cliff Trust, playing host to professional touring shows, as well as local amateur dramatic, operatic, dance, & other performance groups...The West Cliff is a compact...

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  • Bonio's good beer guide

    A quiet and friendly pub, just outside the town centre, and the only pub we found a decent pint of real ale. Most pubs in town appeared to favour fizzy yellow drinks if you know what I mean. Anyway a few pints of Shepherd Neame's excellent beers for us here. Worth a visit.

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Clacton-on-Sea Transportation

  • The train is best.

    Like most of my other journeys round the South of England, I tend to take the train. Trains to Clacton take about one and a half hours, departing from Liverpool ~Street station in London. the service is not that great, only going every hour (at eight minutes past the hour) during peak times.As always, please use the appended website to check...

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  • Clacton by train

    Clacton's railway station is about 15 mins walk from the seafront. There are direct trains every hour to/from London Liverpool Street. The journey takes approx 1and half hours. From other directions change at Colchester, which is half and hour away.There are regular buses from Clacton which can take you to other small towns along the coast. Bus...

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  • By car

    By road from London it takes about 2 hours. Take the A12 from London to Colchester; change on to the A120 until you reach the junction with the A133, which will take you via the 'Weeley Roundabout' to Clacton-on-Sea.

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Clacton-on-Sea Shopping

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    Polski Sklep 0zlop Ltd...: A Taste 0f Poland...

    by arturowan Written Sep 5, 2014

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    It just goes to show how many Polish people are living & working in UK these days, that there are specific shops opening to cater to their cultural taste in food & drink...
    1 has now appeared in Clacton town centre, but you do not have to be Polish to shop there, if you have picked up a taste for Polish food while travelling in eastern Europe, then these places are a blessing, because even processed Slavic food is so much better quality to the equivalent, produced in UK...

    What to buy: Imported Polish foods & branded beers...

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Clacton-on-Sea Local Customs

  • Where Cliff Richard got started...

    Clacton Butlin's was the venue where Cliff Richard made his performing debut to the public in July 1958As the period photo's reveal, Cliff was still very young & something of a pretty boy, when he arrived at Clacton Butlin's for a 4-week engagement with his then band, The Drifters, comprising Terry Smart on drums, Ian Samwell on lead guitar, &...

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  • Silent Hobo

    An original feature of Clacton seafront is the spraycan art of the Bristol painter who prefers to be known as - Silent Hobo...If you like graffiti art, & I, like many folk do, then this guy deserves your respect - he has his own style & I know I am not the only regular passerby who always turns my head, in order to view the murals of his that have...

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  • It Couldn't Happen Here!

    I can still remember when I was at art college & the song West End Girls was on the radio - a new force in pop music had arrived who called themselves THE PET SHOP BOYS - nobody could foresee then just how successful the duo would become, to the extent that they'd have the budget to produce an idea for an extended pop video, that turned into a...

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Clacton-on-Sea Warnings and Dangers

  • Followers...

    Clacton's a resort with either lovers or haters, I've not encountered many indifferent views to the place - I suppose this means it's a 'marmite' sort of place...Why so?In my opinion, those who love it, stay beside the seaside & do not venture too far into town, those who do, tend not to return...I meant a German girl, visiting England for the...

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  • Mussels, cockles and winkles...

    Small shellfish generally look quite delightful and inoffensive unless they are removed from the sea, ripped from their tiny shells and sold in small polystyrene containers to hungry tourists. A naked, dead cockle looks repulsive and tastes of nothing except for seawater and sand. And plenty of vinegar, if you are wise enough to add it. If you are...

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Clacton-on-Sea Tourist Traps

  • Pirate Radio Museum...

    Local entrepeneur, Ray Anderson has opened a museum on the seafront right beside Clacton Pier, dedicated to the history of 'pirate radio'...Pirate radio transmitter ships were moared in the local waters, so the exhibits might be considered as local history, relevant to anybody who cares to know the facts about Radio Laser, Radio London, & Radio...

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  • Clacton Factory 0utlet...

    Clacton Factory 0utlet has been through a number of titles since it first opened a couple of decades ago, which does rather illustrate the fact that it's never proved as popular as was intended, & that re-branding will sell it to a new clientele...Alike many such 'out-of-town' shopping precincts, what was originally named Clacton Common Factory...

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  • Stones

    Those who like sandy beaches should enjoy the left part from the main entrance, as on the right part you'll find a beach with stones.

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Clacton-on-Sea Off The Beaten Path

  • Jaywick Sands...

    If you want to find the best beaches in Clacton area, then most agree that these are Jaywick Sands - the area between the main resort & the shingle spit at Colne Point...You only have to walk a km, to the right of the pier, in the direction where a tractor & a couple of fishing boats are beached, to reach these soft, sandy beaches...I think that...

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  • Where Butlin's once was...

    If you walk along the sea wall towards west Clacton, you will find the area beyond the Toby Carvery to be all redeveloped, comprising the coach park, RNLI station, & a housing estate of almost criminal blandness...Even a stranger to the resort might receive the impression that a certain 'something' is missing, which it is - Clacton's own Butlin's...

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  • Wartime sea-rescues...

    Along Clacton seafront, west of the pier, just before the sea wall turns into Jaywick, is a memorial plaque remembering 30th April 1914Winston Churchill, while serving in the Navy, was forced to land the seaplane he was flying, & abandon it on the seafront, coming ashore at the point now marked by the plaque...While waiting for the vessel to be...

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Clacton-on-Sea Sports & Outdoors

  • The Jaywick Grand Prix?

    There is a tiny oval go-kart track, just off Midway, the back road around lower Jaywick...The facility is only open during summer season, for entertaining children...If you look to the scenery beyond, you will see something of a no-man's land, where overgrown meadow grass provides a nature reserve around the sewage works, as far as Cockett...

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  • Heaven for children

    It should be almost heaven for children, as they can find there lots of atrractions for them: different swing, games, ice-cream, candies, etc. Everything is located on the long bridge to the sea near the main entrance.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Clacton-on-Sea Favorites

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    Riviera life (well, almost...)

    by arturowan Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Clacton-on-Sea - the place where my birth certificate states I was born, so I suppose I got to say something positive about the place, although its not somewhere I bear great affection for!
    But, the other most significant thing that has happened in Clacton, in my living memory, is the building of the wind farm on the Gunfleet Sands, out at sea to the left of the pier...
    Now, some folk are very ANTI these things & say they spoil the view - I have the absolute opposite view - now Clacton has A VIEW - & 1 worthy of coming to see!
    Watching the turbines being erected, was the most interesting thing I've seen happen here, other than when the Red Arrows' annual visit for the air show...
    & since the offshore farms were completed - the primary array in 2010 & the secondary array in 2012 - I still find it fascinating to watch the service crews at work on them, or just to see the blades turning, & at night, when each turbine is distinguished to shipping with its own navigation light...
    If you visit Clacton, then my advice would be to stay along the seafront & do not venture too far into town...
    Clacton seafront is quite picturesque, with the Venetian Bridge over Pier Avenue, connecting both sides of the promenade for pedestrians...
    Both sides of the seafront have extensive gardens, but those to the west have been recognised for their beauty & are now Grade2 listed...
    These gardens were deliberately sunken to prevent the plants suffering too much in the relentless icy blasts of wind from the North Sea, & the 3 main gardens each has a different theme; roses, (with an 0riental pagoda); sensory, (some plants are ultra sensitive to such factors as touch); & plants with a high tolerance to drought (as believe it or not, Clacton is in the driest area of England...)

    Fondest memory: As I don't remember being born, then my best memory is sitting on 1 of the many benches along the paths to the east of the pier, early on a summer's day, when the tropical-looking plants here are in flower, perfumed scents in the air, & the busy sound of a squadron of bees, & other pollinating insects, doing what such creatures do best...
    It's just as good as the Riviera, but just such a shame, such sunny days are all too few & far between, & sometimes, as in 2012, not at all, when an English summer is more like a monsoon season...
    But in 2013, the best summer I can ever remember...

    When the sun shines, Clacton can be attractive! Sidney the Seagull admires the wind turbines! What a seaside town is all about? Clacton seafront... House-by-the-sea...
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