With a diverse mix of seaside fun, stunning landscapes and cultural and heritage experiences, there is always something to do on the Essex Sunshine Coast… we have a thriving and well-established music, theatre and visual arts scene.

Things to see and do...

Visit our What’s On page for information about local events and things to do, places to visit and attractions. Scroll down to find out more!

Visitor Attractions

A host of attractions will keep you occupied on your visit, fun and games at Clacton Pier, adventure golf at Clacton Pavilion fun park.


Visit our Outdoors page for more info about walking, cycling and outdoor pursuits in the district, including; The Maritime Trail in Historic Harwich, Guided Walks, the Witchfinders Way in Mistley and Manningtree, and the Walton Trails in Walton-on-the-Naze.

Places to Visit

From the Martello Tower in Jaywick and the Mistly Towers to the unique historic landmark the Naze Tower Walton, there are many interesting historical buildings to see in the area.

Yearly Events

A wide range of events take place throughout the year, from the annual Clacton Airshow, to carnivals, village fetes, town fairs, cycling events and water sports.


A buzzing local nightlife includes an assortment of pubs, clubs, restaurants and evening entertainment at one of the local theatres at the Princes Theatre Clacton and West Cliff Theatre Clacton or the Frinton Summer Theatre.


Tourist Information

For ideas for things to see and do call the Tourist Information Centre, Clacton: 01255 686633 

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    Brightlingsea Community Lido

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    Century Cinema Clacton

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    Clacton 150 heritage trail

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    Clacton Pavilion

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    Clacton Pier

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    Colne Point Nature Reserve

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    Curve Water Sports Centre & Aqua Park

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    Dovercourt Boating Lake, Harwich

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    Dovercourt Skate Rink

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    Frinton Summer Theatre

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    Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve

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    Ha’Penny Pier & Visitor Centre Harwich

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    Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre

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    Harwich Foot Ferry

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    Harwich Maritime Trail

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    Hasty’s Adventure Farm

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    Howlands Marsh Nature Reserve

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    Jaywick Martello Tower

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    John Weston Nature Reserve

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    Nature Discovery Centre, Walton-on-the-Naze

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    Naze Tower, Walton

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    Old Bank Studios Harwich

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    Sea Fishing at Walton Pier

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    Seal Watching, Walton

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    Skipper’s Island Nature Reserve

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    St Osyth Priory

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    The Driftwood Gallery

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    The Naze education visit for schools & colleges

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    The Paddle Hut Brightlingsea

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    The Princes Theatre

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    Tricky Escape Live Escape Room – Clacton, Harwich & Walton

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    Walton Pier

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    Weeleyhall Wood Nature Reserve

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    West Cliff Theatre

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    Wildlife Boat Trips

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    Wyvernwood – opening summer 2022