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Things to do in Clacton on Sea

Classic seaside resort with sandy beaches and award winning gardens

Are you looking for things to do in Clacton on Sea? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Sandy Beaches and Clacton Pier

Did you know...

  • Paul Banks of rock band Interpol was born in Clacton-on-Sea before moving to America aged 3.
  • In the British soap opera EastEnders, the characters of Frank Butcher and Pat Harris met at the Clacton Butlins in 1958.
  • Clacton Pier was offically opened on 27 July 1871.



Seaquarium At Clacton Pier

The SeaQuarium offers an informative, educational, fun learning experience.
No 1 North Sea
CO15 1QX



Clacton Pier

Iconic attraction and fantastic family day out.
Clacton on Sea
CO15 1QX

Recommended by Dan Green, Clacton


Clacton Family Fun Park

Home to a wide variety of rides and amusements to suit all ages and proud to boast some 'never seen before in the UK' thrill rides.
Clacton Pavilion
Marine Parade West
CO15 1QX


Recommended by Andy Turner, Maidstone


Coronation Gardens Crazy Golf

Have some fun - try Crazy Golf or Putting at Coronation Gardens in Walton on the Naze.
Princes Esplanade
CO14 8PZ


Beach Hut Bev

Beach hut to hire in Clacton On Sea and Holland On Sea.
26 Chelmsford Road
Holland On Sea
CO15 5DN


Recommended by Beverley Sencier
“The beach hut is lovely and Holland beach is always quiet and clean. ”


  Children's Activities

Clacton Children's Zoo

Variety of child friendly animals from trained miniature pigs to friendly goats and much much more set in a stunning location.
Marine Parade West
Clacton on Sea
CO15 1LS


Recommended by Bill Peters, Clacton



Brightlingsea Museum

A major display gives an insight into how the people of Brightlingsea lived in Roman times.
1 Duke Street




Colne Point Nature Reserve FREE

This large and important 683 acre reserve at the mouth of the Colne Estuary and consists of a shingle ridge.
Off Lee Wick Farm
St Osyth
CO16 8ET


Howlands Marsh Nature Reserve FREE

This 74 acre reserve is one of the best surviving coastal grazing marshes in Essex, consisting mainly of low lying hummocky grass.
St Osyth
CO16 8HN


Skipper's Island Nature Reserve FREE

This 233 acre reserve is surrounded by saltmarsh. The island has large stands of Sea Hog's-fennel.
CO13 0EZ


Bradwell Shell Bank Nature Reserve FREE

Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie Peninsular consists of some 30 acres of shell bank together with extensive saltmarsh.
Bradwell on Sea


Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve FREE

A former gravel pit, this 40 acre reserve includes heathy grassland, pasture, a remnant of old woodland, large and small pools.
Little Clacton Road
Great Holland
CO14 8DZ


Weeleyhall Wood Nature Reserve FREE

This 78 acre reserve is one of the finest surviving woods in the Tendring area, although it suffered severely in the 1987 storm.
CO16 9AT



The Lanes

Tenpin bowling venue with six state of the art lanes.
Clacton on Sea
CO15 1QX

Recommended by Jon Bowen, Hayes


Pavilion Bowl

10-lane tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Clacton Pavilion
Marine Parade West
CO15 1QX



West Cliff Theatre And Arts Centre

Popular multi-arts venue with an eclectic entertainment programme.
Tower Road
Clacton on Sea
CO15 1LE



Clacton On Sea Golf Club

Our course is part parkland and part links style although not on a sandy subsoil.
West Road
CO15 1AJ


Millers Barn Golf Park

Golf Club.
Jaywick Lane
Clacton on Sea
CO15 2PH


Frinton Golf Club

Golf Club.
1 The Esplanade
CO13 9EP


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