If you’re looking for something to do during the summer vacation, why not consider a break near you on the Sunshine Coast of Essex.

From Clacton to Walton, Frinton to Brightlingsea and Manningtree to Harwich, the outdoor activities are endless to keep you busy during your visit, from our quaint villages steeped in history to beautiful unspoiled countryside to discover and explore; not to mention the long sandy beaches and traditional seaside attractions.

The main towns offer a unique selection of independent boutiques as well as big names in the popular sector or if you are looking to whet your appetite, an array of country pubs, restaurants, fish and chips, cafes and coffee shops are in abundance. .

With easy connections by road, train or bus – and plenty of parking, most of it free – it’s an easily accessible destination for a long weekend, a family or group vacation, or just for a day out.

2021 is the year that Clacton celebrates its 150th anniversary. Many festive projects and events are planned to commemorate this occasion.


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

A special Clacton 150 flying show will adorn the skies along the Clacton Waterfront on August 26-27, presented by the team behind Clacton Airshow. The exhibit will feature the famous RAF Red Arrows and the very historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, two of the most popular Clacton Airshow flights and a must-see spectacle.

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


Find a quiet beach and find out what’s going on by downloading the free LoveTendring app on your Android or iOS smartphone.

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

Remember, if you are visiting the Essex Sunshine Coast, do so responsibly; respect, protect and enjoy the region. Remember to bring your sunscreen and sun hat, drink plenty of soft drinks, use the bins provided, and park responsibly.


Alex Porter, member of the Tendring District Recreation and Tourism Council cabinet, said there was a lot to see and do.

“There’s so much going on along Essex’s Sunshine Coast this summer that you’ll be sorry if you don’t come and have fun,” said Cllr Porter.

“So why not download our free LoveTendring app to find out what activities there are – and the Octopus Ahoy app at the same time – grab your sunscreen and come visit for the day, a long weekend, or even make one.” week . With all the activities to explore, boredom is not an option.

For more local information, log onto www.essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk or find us on social media: Facebook (TheSunshineCoastOfficial), Twitter (@ClactonAirshow) and Instagram (essexsunshinecoast).

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