A bumper line-up of events is shaping up across Tendring, in a boost for local residents, businesses and tourists alike.
Kick-started with the Illuminate Festival in Historic Harwich last week (25 March), the calendar has something for everyone over the next few months.
Next month (23-24 April) will see the return of the Corbeau Seats motor rally – forming the first round of the British Rally Championship – which this year sees the introduction of a new twilight stage on day one along Clacton seafront, perfect for spectators, as well as the usual stages and two spectator areas around the rest of Tendring. (Illustrative light art image courtesy of Kevin Jay and Michael Simmans.)
Meanwhile it was announced earlier this week that a round of the Tour Series will hit the streets of Clacton on 19 May, seeing pro cyclists take on laps of the town centre in a fast-paced and viewer-friendly event.
In the height of the summer it will be all eyes to the skies for the return of the Clacton Airshow with a full throttle programme. Now in its 29th year the Airshow is taking place over 25-26 August with twilight flights on day one, and ongoing negotiations with the Red Arrows about appearing on both days – with the RAF display team already including the event on its initial calendar for the year.
Alex Porter, Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said events played a vital role in the area’s economy.
“We have some amazing, top-class events going on this year – with these just some of the highlights, each of which has more going on around it and all of which are free for people to enjoy,” Councillor Porter said.
“You can keep up to date on what’s on, whether a TDC event or other local activities, by downloading the LoveTendring app and following our social media channels, both the council’s and the Essex Sunshine Coast too.
“It’s important that we don’t lose sight of what these events bring to our district. Not only are they fantastic spectacles for our own residents to enjoy, but they support the visitor economy by encouraging tourists to Tendring where they can spend money in our local businesses too.”
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