Clacton-on-Sea - Frinton - Brightlingsea Coast Guide 

If you're looking for a traditional family seaside holiday then this is the place to visit. Clacton-on-Sea has miles of sandy beach, amusements, seaside gardens and a pier. Situated on Essex's Sunshine Coast the town is one of six resorts in this holiday hot spot where the sun always shines, see the websites!

                                                                 Brightlingsea beaches

Clacton BeachFor details of Clacton Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions. Go to Clacton-on-Sea Hotels, Guest Houses and Cottages

The Pier, which was opened in 1872, is a hive of activity with thrilling rides, a working lifeboat station and five acres on which to stroll or fish. Although busy it is still possible to imagine how Victorians would have spent their sunny days. There are places for refreshments and shops as well. there is a very good shopping centre and several theatres to chose from. 

In addition to the coastal attractions there are several nature reserves, quaint historic villages and unspoilt rivers and creeks to explore. 



Frinton has a reputation as an exclusive resorts which arises because of its popularity in the 1920s and 30s as a place where celebrities from London might be glimpsed. It still retains its air of faded elegance around the Esplanade and the beach is quiet and secluded. Ideal for a quiet weekend away from it all and prying eyes! 


Brightlingsea is altogether different, situated on the Colne estuary, the waterway that leads to Colchester, the small town is a haven for sailing folk. The town has the honour of being a Cinque port - the only one north of the Thames. It is also home to the quaintly named Smack Preservation Society - we think its about boats but we're not sure!

                  Frinton Beach         Brighlingsea sailing barges

                                         Frinton beach                                                                 Brightlingsea


Places to visit in Clacton-on-Sea 

Tourist Information Office - 23 Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1QD Telephone:-01255 423400

Clacton Pier - Amusements and rides

Wonderland Amusements - The Broadway, Jaywick, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO15 2EB Tel: 01255 430995 

Clacton Pavilion -  The Pier, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO15 1QX Tel: 01255 421003

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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.


Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

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Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

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We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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