Visit Essex Destination Management Plan survey

Visit Essex is the destination management organisation for the county and its remit is to promote and develop tourism across Greater Essex.

They have just appointed Tomorrow’s Tourism Ltd. to help develop a Destination Management Plan which will give a clear route map for our county with a new vision, objectives and actions to drive the growth of the visitor economy.

They would love to hear your views on what’s important. Please go to the survey here and tell us more about what the future of tourism in Essex should look like.

Celebration-on-sea!  The 150th anniversary of the founding of Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton 150
2021 is the year Clacton-on-Sea celebrates its 150th anniversary and to commemorate this momentous occasion the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) are funding a seafront heritage trail in Tendring from Jaywick Sands to Holland Haven but also incorporating Clacton town centre to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Clacton-on-Sea. The trail will cover over 5 miles of beautiful coastline and will include new technology to help bring it to life as well as a fun and engaging way to convey Clacton’s story. Listening benches and audio posts will also be added to join and connect individuals with the stories of Clacton through the years.

Octopus Ahoy!

There are many other projects and celebratory events linked with the trail some of which includes:
Octopus Ahoy! art sculptures. As part of the celebrations, for 10 weeks in this summer of 2021, from 25th June to 5th September, the Octopus Ahoy! art sculptures will form a public art trail across Harwich, Tendring and the wider Essex area to celebrate 150 Years of Clacton and the Mayflower 400™️. To take part, download the Octopus Ahoy! app this summer and win prizes for scanning each octopus whilst enjoying locating the sculptures and admiring the amazing art by local artists. Visit for more information.

Octopus Ahoy

A flower feature to mark the celebrations will be on display in the chain plot located next to the stunning memorial garden along Clacton’s seafront. The Memorial Garden contains beds with high quality formal bedding displays and a central area with seating around a War Memorial to those who died in the First and Second World Wars. This garden is a popular meeting place for both residents and visitors.

Memorial Gardens

Clacton150 Anniversary Wheel. Clacton Pavilion has installed an observation wheel which towers above Clacton’s seafront to mark the celebrations. The wheel consists of 24 gondolas, with many adapted for wheelchair access, and can hold a total of 144 guests at a time. Tickets can be purchased individually; however, afternoon teas will also be available to pre book which includes a ride on the anniversary wheel for free. Visit for more information.

Clacton 150 Wheel beach view

To keep up to date and for more information on the celebrations visit our page our Visit our Clacton150 web page, log on to our Clacton150 Facebook page or email us at

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English Tourism Week 2021

English Tourism Week is fast approaching and will run from 22 – 31 May 2021. It’s a chance for tourism businesses all across England to celebrate our exciting and diverse visitor economy sector and showcase what we have to offer locally, regionally and nationally.

For more information or to become involved visit

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