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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
13 Agate Rd, Marine Parade West, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1RA, United Kingdom
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8 Collingwood Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1UL, United Kingdom
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1 Penfold Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1JN, United Kingdom
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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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
Chips and fish is a typical food in England. Also I tasted grilled chicken and meat. Hmm, what can I say?… Very very specific taste. Probably because cook used only one kind of spice. Anyway if you’ll be in Clacton-on-Sea and you want to taste what simple English people eat, try fish and chips, but be ready that this well known food will have a...more
194 Reviews and Opinions
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...more
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...more
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...more
Colne Point is as far off the beaten track as it's possible to go, walking south from out of Clacton, towards & past, Jaywick Sands, & on towards Point Clear...If you like to discover, out of the way, eccentric little settlements that appear untouched by the passage of time, then make the effort to walk to Colne Point...I don't know anywhere else...more
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...more
Think of the British casualties of mainland bombing in WWII - & you'll be aware of the blitz on Coventry, Liverpool, & of course, London...But, for the record, the first recorded civilian casualties of the Luftwaffe, were Dorothy & Frederick Gill, of Victoria Road, Clacton-on-Sea...They perished 30th April 1940, when a Heinkel 111E, which had...more
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.
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...
& 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...
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 left of the pier, early on a summer's day, when the tropical-looking plants here are in flower, perfect scent 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, now that the English summer is more like a monsoon season...