A stunning coastline spanning over 36 miles combining the traditions of the seaside with a modern twist.

From Clacton to Walton, Frinton to Brightlingsea and Manningtree to Harwich, there is no end to outdoor activities to keep you occupied during your visit, from our picturesque villages steeped in a wealth of history to the beautiful unspoiled country landscapes to discover and explore; not to mention the long sandy beaches and traditional seaside attractions.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Brightlingsea beach huts Picture: Paul NixonBrightlingsea beach huts Picture: Paul Nixon

The main towns offer a unique selection of independent shops as well as popular high street names or if you are looking to whet your appetite an array of country pubs, restaurants, fish and chip shops, cafés and coffee shops are in abundance. 

Accommodation ranges from holiday parks, bed and breakfasts to boutique and luxury hotels all within easy links by road, train or coach – and lots of parking, much of it free – making it an easily accessible destination for either a long weekend break, family or group holiday, or just a simple day out.

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2021 is the year Clacton celebrates its 150th anniversary. An array of projects and celebratory events have been planned to commemorate this occasion.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has funded a new seafront heritage trail covering more than five miles of beautiful coastline from Jaywick Sands to Holland Haven and incorporating Clacton town centre, to celebrate the milestone. Interactive technology brings the history to life in a fun and engaging way to convey Clacton’s story and the town’s heritage.

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A special Clacton 150 flying display will grace the skies along Clacton’s seafront on August 26 and 27, brought to you by the team behind Clacton Airshow. The display will feature the world-famous RAF Red Arrows and highly historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, two of Clacton Airshow’s most popular flights and a spectacle not to be missed.

To mark Clacton’s anniversary, both Clacton Pavilion and Clacton Pier have installed observation wheels.  These two new seafront attractions are a welcome addition to the seafront offering panoramic views of the coastline.

Find yourself a quiet beach and discover what’s on by downloading the free LoveTendring app to your smartphone.

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One activity this summer is the Octopus Ahoy! public art trail – can you find all of the octopus sculptures dotted around Tendring this summer? Download the Octopus Ahoy! app, scan in your finds – and win rewards for each one you find.

Please remember if you do visit the Essex Sunshine Coast, to do so responsibly; respect, protect and enjoy the area. Remember to bring your sun cream and sun hat, drink plenty of soft drinks, please use the bins provided and park responsibly.

For more local information log on to www.essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk or find us on social media:

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