Enjoy a family day out on Essex Sunshine Coast
Whether you want buckets and spades with a side of fish and chips or refined luxury such as afternoon tea and a spa session, the Essex Sunshine Coast has it all.
Perfect for a spring or summer day out, this part of Essex’s coastline boasts one of the lowest rainfalls in the country meaning you may actually get to leave the brolly at home! The area falls under the Tendering District Council and covers the seaside towns of Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. Book yourself into one of the many hotels or holiday parks, or simply pack up the car and enjoy a road trip, hopping from beach to beach.
Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula and dates back to the early 1870s. It is a busy seaside resort that attracts families as soon as the weather starts to warm up. The seafront gardens are a carpet of glorious colour throughout the season and provide a backdrop for the miles of golden sandy beach and the town’s fun packed pier.
On hot days you’ll find the beach heaving as families set up for the day. The town itself boasts a lively entertainment programme. The popular Clacton Air Show takes place on August bank holiday weekend, while the Princes Theatre hosts monthly shows, comedy and music.
This elegant seaside town was developed from a small village in late Victorian times into an exclusive resort. By the first half of the 20thcentury Frinton-on-Sea had great appeal for its high society visitors who came to enjoy the secluded sandy beach, golf course (frequented by the Prince of Wales), tennis tournaments, the classy Esplanade hotels, the lido and Connaught Avenue.
Relaxed and sophisticated, Frinton retains an atmosphere of the 1920/30s. Tree-lined avenues sweep down to the elegant Esplanade and cliff-top greensward, with its colourful Victorian style beach huts. The sandy beach is quiet and secluded and one of the best on the Sunshine Coast.
A traditional seaside town, Walton-on-the-Naze’s golden sands have been attracting visitors for generations. It’s home to the second longest pier in England, and rows of colourful beach huts. Throughout the town you’ll find classic tea rooms, fish and chip shops and stores selling bucket and spades. The 86 foot octagonal Naze Tower, overlooking the coastline, is currently used as a gallery and hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the year.