Parks and gardens wow judges as Tendring holds four Green Flags

The district has held on to all four of its Green Flag Awards for open spaces at Clacton Seafront Gardens, Weeley Crematorium and Gardens, Cliff Park in Dovercourt and Crescent Gardens in Frinton.

Within their assessment of the sites, judges described Weeley Crematorium as “a site Tendring can be very proud of”.

Michael Talbot, Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member for Environment, praised the work of both authority staff and volunteers – including local In Bloom teams – for their work to maintain the spaces.

“In a year where we have continued to re-discover open spaces on our door step during Covid-19 restrictions, having quality parks and gardens has been more important than ever,” Councillor Talbot said.

“It has also been more challenging than ever to keep these spaces looking at the best, so I am particularly proud of our officers and the army of volunteers who work so hard to achieve this.

“Winning – and keeping – a Green Flag is no mean feat, so hats off to all involved.”

Clacton Seafront Gardens won its first Green Flag in 2009, with Frinton’s Crescent Gardens joining its ranks the following year. Weeley Crematorium’s grounds received a Green Flag in 2013, while Cliff Park was first awarded the flag in 2016.


Awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, Green Flags assess not only the visual aspects of a site, such as its beauty, horticulture and cleanliness, but also community involvement, access and management, and are a sign of quality. It is the 25th year of the awards, which are celebrating their Silver Jubilee.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Tendring’s sites worthy of a Green Flag Award.

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that these four venues have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that support people to live healthy lives.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to look after a public open space in Tendring can contact Sean Biswell, TDC’s Temporary Community and Volunteer Projects Manager, on 07786 660603 or at

Find out more about the Green Flag Awards at

Click It Local – a virtual high street!

The Importance of Supporting your Local Independents?

There are several great reasons to shop from your local independents rather than spending your cash with the giant retailers out there.

Preserve the unique and individual character of your towns and villages. A high street with varied people sharing their passions makes your high street a place to visit.

When you spend money with a local independent your coins stay in the local community. Imagine when you buy things from Amazon – a lot of that money will stay within the bank accounts of giant corporations.

Did you know that small independent businesses are some of the UK’s biggest employers. By supporting local you are helping create jobs right here in your community.

With no overseas travel or long truck journeys, the majority of local food and produce does not negatively impact the environment.

Click It Local, is a virtual high street that enables shoppers to buy from any independent shop from the local high street and have it delivered straight to their door on the same day. Our mission is to help save local high streets across the UK by making shopping local easier and faster than using the likes of Amazon.


River Colne Food
Image: River Colne Food

Residents across the whole of Tendring (and Essex) are now able to use Click It Local to purchase from any of their favourite independent shops from their local high street all in one place, with one payment, and have it delivered straight to their door on the same day, next day or arrange to collect.

Image: Sweet Treats Tendring

From weekly food essentials, gifts, and treats to last-minute basics, customers can buy everything they need from as many different shops as they like with one payment and one delivery. There are some amazing local Tendring businesses onboard already including Un-Sealed, Hobsons Deli and Little Boat Gift Shop– it’s all there from your local butchers, fishmongers, florists, gift shops, and many more. Simply put your postcode in and start shopping from your local favourites.

Image: Small Town Brownies

Working with Click It Local is a pleasure – their customer service team are super responsive and helpful when needed and the dashboard is very user friendly and really useful for managing products, stock and orders. The delivery element of Click It Local has really made a difference for us and saves lots of trips to the post office so thank you! It’s great to sit alongside other local businesses on the website and we look forward to continuing to work with the team at Click It Local in the future!

If you are a business in Tendring and would like to join the Click IT Local mission to help save the high street please get in touch or sign up directly at







Women’s Tour – Stage 5, 8th October 2021

Clacton will host its third stage finish in Women’s Tour history this year. Marianne Vos, the Women’s Tour first-ever champion, won along the seaside resort’s promenade during the inaugural 2014 event, before Belgian Jolien D’hoore triumphed there the following year.

Twelve of the world’s top 15 teams will be among those in action at this year’s Women’s Tour (Monday 4 – Saturday 9 October), the UK’s most prestigious women’s cycle race.

Colchester and Clacton will host the penultimate stage of the Women’s Tour, which will see the 16 teams race from the historic castle town to the Essex Sunshine Coast on Friday 8 October.

The full list of teams competing in the 2021 Women’s Tour is:

Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy)

AWOL O’Shea (Great Britain)

CAMS-Basso Bikes (Great Britain)

Canyon SRAM Racing (Germany)

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Germany)

Drops-Le Col s/b TEMPUR. (Great Britain)

FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)

Liv Racing (Netherlands)

Movistar Team (Spain)

Parkhotel Valkenburg (Netherlands)

SD Worx (Netherlands)

Team BikeExchange (Australia)

Team DSM (Germany)

Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Valcar-Travel & Service (Italy)

Full details of the 2021 Women’s Tour – including stage routes and timetables; SKODA Queen of the Mountains and sprint locations; and competing riders can be found at


Womens Tour Rider

F-15 flypast revealed for Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights

An extra flight has been announced for the first day of the Clacton 150 anniversary flights.

Two US Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, operating out of RAF Lakenheath, will grace the skies above Clacton on Thursday (26 August) – subject to operational commitments.

Swooping over the seafront at around 2.30pm, the fast jets will kick-start the day’s flying programme, which continues with displays from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 2.45pm and the Red Arrows from 3.15-3.45pm.

On Friday (27 August) the displays are reversed with the Red Arrows at 12.45pm and the BBMF between 1.30-1.45pm.

The Anniversary Flights are part of the celebrations marking Clacton’s 150th birthday this year.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC) – which is running the event – said the presence of the F15s was a real coup.

“We want to say a huge thank you to the US Air Force as it is relatively rare for USAF F-15s to fly at events such as this, so this is a real opportunity for flight fans, residents and visitors to see some truly superb jets in action,” Cllr Porter said.

“The Strike Eagles are amazing feats of aeronautic engineering and I can’t wait to watch them in action as part of what is a spectacular line-up the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights.

“With only a few days to go I am really excited to be able to watch these spectacular flights above the skies of Clacton, and hope everyone else is too.”

The F-15E is designed for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, with low altitude capability, and has a two-man crew of pilot and weapons officer. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney engines, the plane can accelerate from idle power to maximum speed in less than four seconds, with a total thrust of up to 58,000 pounds depending on the model.

Its top speed is 1,875mph (Mach 2.5) and the jet can climb to 60,000 feet.

BBC Essex is the only way to hear live coverage of the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights. Tune in from 2pm on Thursday and 12noon on Friday for exclusive commentary from the seafront, using your smartphone or radio.

People planning to watch the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights are advised to plan their trip and download the free Love Tendring app which shows how busy beaches are, so they can spread out across the seafront.

As well as plenty of parking in the area there will be a Rotary Club car park next to Clacton Airfield (£5 cash for all day parking), cyclists can use the national cycle network 150, and there will also be a Park and Ride services from Hedingham Buses at Clacton Shopping Village.

Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights Event Information

Welcome to Clacton 150 Anniversary Flight information page! Below you will find some key information to help with your visit. More information can be found at C150 FAQS

The Clacton 150 anniversary flights will feature the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and has replaced the annual Clacton Airshow which unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions throughout the planning stages could not happen.

This is not a full air show and is a flight only event consisting of two display teams. There will be no trade, exhibition, ground events/entertainment or programmes sold. However, a full air show will return next year on 25th & 26th August 2022.

Event dates:

Thursday 26th & Friday 27th August.

Flight display times:

Thursday 26 August
14:45 – 15:00 BBMF
15:15 – 15:45 Red Arrows

Friday 27 August
12:45 – 13:15 Red Arrows
13:30 – 13:45 BBMF


Along Clacton Seafront. However, there is adequate viewing and vantage points available from the East side of Clacton Pier (towards Holland-on-Sea) to Clacton Martello Beach (What3Words: starlight.repeated.protests) including our upper and lower promenades and West Greensward. Please be aware that these areas get very busy.

Are the displays suitable for young children?

This is a family event. The louder, faster jets can be very noisy! If you have ear defenders it is advisable to bring them.

Getting here:

By Car
From London and the M25, take the A12 signed Chelmsford and Colchester, pass the exits to Colchester West and Colchester Central, and then join the A120 signposted Harwich and Clacton.

From the Midlands and North, follow the A14 (signposted Felixstowe/Harwich) until you are south of Ipswich. Join the A12 signposted London, then take the A120 signposted Harwich. From the A120 join the A133 for Clacton, Frinton, Walton, St Osyth, Brightlingsea etc.

By Ferry
Harwich International Port is one of the UK’s leading freight and passenger ports with
excellent links to the Midlands, London and the South East. The passenger ferry terminal is run by Stena Line.

By Air
London Stansted airport is within easy reach by road (approximately 60 miles.)

By Rail
Regular trains run to the Essex Sunshine Coast with daily direct services from both Clacton and Harwich International to London Liverpool Street. Average journey time from London is 1 hour 45 minutes.
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By Bus
For local bus services visit

By Coach
National Express operates regular coach services to Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Harwich and Walton-on-the-Naze.


park & ride service provided by Hedingham is available from Clacton Factory Outlet (CO15 4TL) routes 136 and 137, drop off and pick up Clacton Pier Avenue. £3.90 per adult or £5.80 for a family ticket. Timings are 7.47 from Clacton Factory Outlet to 18.13 from Pier Avenue (Stand B). Buses operate every 15 minutes.

West Road Cark Park (Cash only) 
run by the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea which will be open from 08.00 to 18.00 on both days. Admission to park will cost £5.00 for the day – to walk from the West Road Car Park (CO15 1AJ) to Toby Carvery will take around 10mins.

Is there disabled parking?

Yes, but these fill up very quickly in the local car parks.  However, the West Road Car Park, CO15 1AJ offers an accessible shuttle bus service.

Where can I find a coach drop off point?
The main drop off point is Martello Coach Park  More information can be obtained from TDC’s Parking Services.

Are there any road closures I need to be aware of?

Yes at Pier Gap for the duration of the event.  

Can I cycle?

Yes, however you will need to dismount at either Clacton Pier or at Clacton Lifeboat Station (dependant on where you arrive)  Click here for more information about cycling on our proms!

Lost persons:

If you are lost or need to ask for assistance, look out for one of our Event Stewards or TDCs Beach Patrol team who will be able to assist you.

Lost persons points can be found at any of the TDC Beach Patrol office (as shown below).

A free wrist band scheme operates along the seafront with each section of the beach colour coded. Children are given a corresponding wrist band which makes the task of re-uniting lost children with their family a lot easier. Wrist bands can be obtained from the TDC Beach Patrol Office and stewards.

First Aid Points:
TDC Beach Patrol office located to the West of the Pier. (What3Words: pays.conquest.postcard)
TDC Beach Patrol office located at Palace Beach. (What3Words: ordeals.hunk.grit)
TDC Beach Patrol located at Martello Beach. (What3Words: starlight.repeated.protests)

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Where can I get up to date information now and on the day?
Via our Twitter page @ClactonAirshow
Via our Facebook page @TheSunshineCoastOffcial

Tune in to BBC Essex to hear commentary of the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights. Steve Scruton & Ian Wyatt will have exclusive coverage live from the seafront from 2pm on Thursday 26th, and 12 noon on Friday 27th. BBC Essex  95.3 FM/ 103.5 FM who will be running special programmes live!

BBC Essex

Download the Love Tendring app  – where you can find information on nearby car parks, toilets and other facilities.  It also tells you how busy beaches are based on hourly data from TDC’s Beach Patrol.

LoveTendring for Android
LoveTendring for Apple

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Following the Government guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread.

Fresh Air – Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors.
Testing – If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test.
Face Coverings – Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport.
App – Check in to venues when you go out.
Handwashing – Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds.

For further information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread visit

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Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights announced


C150 Flight TImes
The Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights will replace the usual annual Clacton Airshow as whilst we would have loved to have organised a full flight display line-up and ground event this year, unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions throughout the planning stages this could not happen.

This flight only event can be observed along Clacton’s Seafront however, with social distancing in mind there is adequate viewing available from the East side of Clacton Pier (towards Holland-on-Sea) to Clacton Martello Beach including our upper and lower promenades.

Thursday 26 August
14:45 – 15:00 BBMF
15:15 – 15:45 Red Arrows

Friday 27 August
12:45 – 13:15 Red Arrows
13:30 – 13:45 BBMF

We encourage visitors use either the park & ride service provided by Hedingham which is available from Clacton Factory Outlet (CO15 4TL) or the West Road Cark Park (CO15 1AG ) run by the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea, this is a cash only car park and is a 10 minute walk to Marine Parade West (CO15 1NW) however, an accessible shuttle service is available.

Other local TDC run car parks can be found at including information for Blue Badge holders and coach parking.  Details for travelling by train can be found at Greater Anglia  Travel To Clacton-on-Sea By Train | Greater Anglia .

Download our LoveTendring app to keep up to date on available local car park spaces and our busy beach safety feature.

LoveTendring for Android
LoveTendring for Apple

For more information on Clacton 150 and the celebrations visit Clacton 150 web page or log on to the Clacton 150 Facebook page.

For general event information follow @EssexSunshineCoastOfficial (Facebook), @ClactonAirshow (Twitter), @Clacton150 Facebook event link, visit the FAQ’s page or tune in to BBC Essex to hear commentary of the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights. Steve Scruton & Ian Wyatt will have exclusive coverage live from the seafront from 2pm on Thursday 26th, and 12 noon on Friday 27th.

BBC Essex



Swim Safe – Swim England and the RNLI’s free water safety sessions

Swim Safe

Children love swimming outdoors – but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is very different to swimming in a pool.

Created by Swim England and the RNLI and supported by a range of local partners, Swim Safe teaches children where it’s safe to swim, how to float and what to do if they or someone else get in trouble.

The hour-long sessions are led by trained instructors and held during the summer months at outdoor water locations across the UK, including beaches and inland sites. We hold public sessions and sessions specially designed for school classes too.

Children need to be aged between 7 and 14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part.

For more information or to book a Swim Safe session visit

Relaunched app shows how busy beaches are on Essex Sunshine Coast

An app has been launched which shows visitors to the Essex Sunshine Coast how busy the beaches are.

LoveTendring was first created by Tendring District Council (TDC) to promote events and what’s on in the area.

Now the authority’s IT team has added new functionality, making the app even more useful for users.

The interactive maps function shows nearby car parks, toilets and other facilities, and also tells you how busy beaches are based on hourly data from TDC’s Beach Patrol.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the new look and feel – as well as the new information – made the app a real must-have for residents and visitors alike.

“LoveTendring is packed with useful information for people when they visit our district, whether they come from afar or are being tourists in their own area,” Councillor Porter said.

“The busy beaches feature in particular is really useful – showcasing our quieter beaches as well as the more popular ones. That is useful if you’re worried about social distancing, just prefer a quiet beach, or even if you enjoy people watching and want more of a crowd.

“I’d encourage everyone to download LoveTendring today.”

LoveTendring for Android
LoveTendring for Apple

The app still contains what’s on information, as well as details of activities around Clacton 150, the Princes Theatre and others.

There is also useful information for residents, such as showing a ward map of the district and where polling stations are, and linking to the MyTendring online self-service system where people can do things like checking their rubbish day.

Councillor Carlo Guglielmi, TDC Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources, added: “Our IT team has done a fantastic job with this app, developing it into something which can be used year-round.

“We will continue to develop new features on LoveTendring going forward, and we would ask people to share their feedback and ideas with us so we can continue to deliver something useful for residents going forward.”

Anyone with suggestions can email them to

Route of Colchester to Clacton leg of Women’s Tour 2021 revealed

Some of the world’s best cyclists will pass through Colchester town centre as they take in a whistle-stop tour of north Essex as part of a prestigious race.

SweetSpot Group has announced the routes for the upcoming Women’s Tour 2021, the penultimate stage of which will see 16 teams race from Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park to Clacton.

Riders will first complete a lap of the closed road circuit at the sports park before heading into the town centre where spectators will be able to watch from behind barriers.

The 95.5km route will then take riders through Ardleigh to Elmstead, before heading through Wivenhoe, Alresford, Thorrington and Brightlingsea.

It then travels into St Osyth before passing Clacton, where spectators will once again be able to cheer riders on.

Cyclists will complete a loop through Holland, Thorpe and Manningtree before ending up in Clacton once again.

Women's Tour 2021 Stage 5 Map

Paul Dundas, leader of Colchester Council, said: “With Stage 5 of this international event beginning at Colchester’s new Northern Gateway Sports Park, it’s an excellent opportunity to showcase the excellent cycling facilities we can all now enjoy in the borough.

“As the route passes through our historic town centre, we look forward to seeing residents, visitors, schools and businesses join us to cheer on the riders as they race towards the finish line in Clacton.”

Alex Porter, Tendring Council’s leisure and tourism boss, said: “We know from the previous years we have hosted this elite race just what a spectacle it is, an event enjoyed by both dedicated cycling fans and newcomers to the sport as well.”

The Colchester to Clacton race takes place on Friday, October 8. Visit

(Clacton Gazette 21/07/2021).