Corbeau Seats Rally Spectator Viewing Information

Saturday evening – Clacton

On Saturday evening there will be a viewing area overlooking the stage which will run on the promenade below Marine Parade East.  It starts just beyond the Connaught Gardens area and finishes a few hundred meters before the pier.  There is no charge for this and you can also get close to the cars as they make their way from the Service Area to the start.

A downloadable version of this map is available from this link


On Sunday there will be two dedicated spectator areas, with facilities including catering, toilets and programme sales.  The charge is per car, per location and is inclusive of its passengers.

Please note tickets are not transferable between the two stages.  You are welcome to visit each spectator area and will need to pay the fee at each.

Ship Hill

This will be the first stage on Sunday.  It’s a well-established site with smooth parking, extensive viewing area, 5,000 capacity, established outside caterers and a small covered bar area for all users.  It’s also the location for VIP hospitality.

There will be commentary whilst the stages are live and trade stands including Motor Sport UK.
The cost is £15 per car and passengers for the whole day with the option to leave and return to the same spectator area (please retain your ticket). The aim is to have electronic payment available, but please bring cash in case of any technical issues, bearing in mind it’s in a field.

Advance tickets: Available here online from Black Jacket Group.

Access is by one way traffic down Mill Lane.

A downloadable version of this map is available from this link

Wick Road

This stage has considerably improved viewing for 2022.  The entrance is a little bumpy, so not recommended for very low-slung cars but the parking area is firm established grass.

Important note: Access and egress involves crossing the stage.  This naturally means you must be in place before the start of the stage and cannot leave until it has finished, so please study the indicative timetable which accompanies the map below.  There will be a time window between each running of the stage to allow you in and out.

The cost is £10 per car per car and passengers for the whole day with the option to leave and return to the same spectator area (please retain your ticket).

A downloadable version of this map is available from this link


You’ll be able to obtain a full colour souvenir programme at the spectator areas with feature articles and the entry list.


We welcome well behaved canine rally fans, strictly on leads at all times, with responsible (mess collecting) owners. Dogs may find the sudden loud noise of rally cars unsettling. Please consider very carefully whether such an environment is suitable for your dog, based on your knowledge of your pet.

Clacton to host spectacular Tour Series round in May

The Tour Series, the fun, free and family-friendly cycling event, will put on a spectacular show by the sea this spring when it heads to Clacton.


Britain’s leading men’s and women’s riders will head to Tendring for round five of the 2022 series on Thursday 19 May, adding to Clacton’s already strong ties to the sport.

The Women’s Tour, the UK’s most prestigious international women’s cycle race, held a stage finish there for the third time in seven years in October 2021 while the men’s Tour of Britain visited in 2017.

Clacton will become only the third venue – after Colchester and Stoke-on-Trent – to have hosted the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series. All three events are delivered by event organiser SweetSpot.

This new-for-2022 round will take place in the heart of Clacton, starting and finishing in sight of the sea on Pier Avenue. It will pass through the town centre before running alongside the town’s ferris wheel, pavilion and pier on Marine Parade East. Not only will fans get to see the action multiple times during the hour-long men’s and women’s races, the 1.4-kilometre circuit will offer two sightings per lap to anybody watching on from the Town Square.

Now in its 13th year, the Tour Series remains unique in professional cycling owing to its team-based format. Last year’s series saw the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and CAMS – Basso teams crowned as the men’s and women’s champions respectively; both are expected to race for glory in Clacton in May.

Highlights of both the men’s and women’s races will once again be broadcast on ITV4.

Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director, said: “We love being beside the seaside so bring on the Clacton-on-Sea round of this year’s Tour Series! It’s going to be another day of thrilling, unpredicted and engaging sporting action, all available to enjoy for free! Tendring District Council are among the leading supporters of cycling in the UK and their contribution to supporting family-friendly, free-to-watch events deserves a lot of praise.”

Councillor Alex Porter, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: “Having staged the Tour of Britain and the Women’s Tour, it is fitting to now host a round of the Tour Series and we can’t wait to see the action unfold around Clacton town centre. We’re looking for the local community and businesses to engage so we can really put on a show for everyone and display how wonderful the town is.”

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – 23/05/2019 – Cycling – OVO Energy Tour Series – Round 6: Salisbury –

Four rounds for the 2022 series have already been announced: Guisborough will host the opener once again on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May), with Sunderland also returning for a second year running on Tuesday 10 May. In between them will be a first-ever visit to the Scottish Borders, as Galashiels stages round three on Wednesday 4 May.

The series will visit London for the first time since 2018 when Barking hosts what promises to be one of the quickest rounds in history on Saturday 21 May. Further details of this year’s series will be announced in the coming weeks.

With two months remaining until the action gets underway there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available with the Tour Series for 2022. Packages range from the title partnership of the event to sponsorship of individual classifications or awards and digital and broadcast opportunities. Visit more.

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).