The largest town on the Essex Sunshine Coast, Clacton is all about classic seaside fun with its Victorian pleasure pier, seafront gardens and golf course. Not to mention the 23 new beaches nearby, thanks to a multi-million pound coastal defence project from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven.

Sandcastle rating

Golden sand, lifeguards, easy parking… Clacton beach truly ticks that family box.

Surf’s up

This is the place to go for water sports in Essex. PUSH Kiting offers lessons in every kite sport under the sun or, if being underwater is more your thing, book a Try Dive at Clacton Scuba School.

Don’t miss

Score a strike at the new, state-of-the-art tenpin bowling centre at Clacton Pavilion.


El Guaca Mexican Grill serves up tasty spicy food with a side of sea views.

Rest sun-kissed limbs

A short stroll along the promenade is 1930s classic The Kingscliff Hotel, where the rooms are bright and airy, the restaurant busy and there’s an outdoor terrace to drink in the sea air.

Great value train fares

Avoid the hassle of driving, parking and car park charges by taking the train. There are many Off-Peak fares which are really good value. What's more you can save as a group with Groupsave. A third off when you travel as a group or 3 or more.

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Book your trip to Clacton today remember the further in advance you book, the more you save.