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Tendring Peninsula, Essex. Clacton-on-Sea is a seaside resort that used to attract many tourists in the '60s and '70s, but which like other English resorts has been in decline since foreign holidays became fashionable in '70s and '80s making it more of a retirement hotspot these days.

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      10.08.2009 14:19
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      Maybe as a one-off, butI doubt you'll come back

      Clacton on Sea is a very touristy place, and despite having lived there my whole life, I find it difficult seeing the novelty in coming here.

      Without fail, every weekend I have trouble getting about due to the absurd amount of traffic caused by tourists, particularly on the A12 (if I've been up and stayed with my boyfriend and decided to head back saturday during the day, it takes a good hour, when it should take 20 minutes!)

      Clacton occasionally has good weather, but in all honesty, it's not very common. The sun comes out for ten minutes, and then goes back in.

      So what is there to do in Clacton? Well there's plenty of holiday parks to stay in for one thing, Valley Farm Caravan Park, Highfields, there's a few big ones in towns within driving distance too, such as Jaywick and St. Osyth. These all have activities and swimming pools.

      I suppose the main attraction is the beach and the pier. The beach is fairly clean, if you excuse the stray bits of litter that occasionally appear, but I believe in summer the council does employ lots of people to pick it up.

      The beach at the Martello, which is a 10 minute walk from the pier, however, is fantastic. The sand is lovely, and its a much wider beach so you're not as packed in, and there's loads of water sports going on here, although I'm not sure whether you can rent things like that out anymore. But there's jet skis, wind surfers, boats, etc, all around this area which is a lovely sight, and the sea here is a lot nicer for some reason than around the pier!

      The pier, it seems, is the place that most holiday makers want to go. I suppose for a one-off it is quite exciting, and its nice being able to walk to the very end and see the fisherman, but generally the rides are overpriced, and arcade machines are clogged up by local youngsters with nothing better to do, and it's often so packed at weekends that its difficult to move.

      The leisure centre is quite popular with both locals and holiday makers, due to the large football playing field, hockey pitch, tennis and badminton courts, and a swimming pool. This is one area where everything is clean, tidy, and looks very professional. If you're coming here, you should definitely check it out, although it is quite expensive.

      There's also a few other things, such as a golf course and some shops in the town centre, which are always cheap and cheerful.

      The nightlife is Clacton is actually very popular, and I've had plenty of great nights out. There's two nightclubs, Fibbers and Vice Versa, a lovely Wetherspoons pub and restaurant called the Moon and Starfish which comes to life at night when it's filled with everyone getting merry, and the Geisha is quite popular to have a friendly dance at. Tom Peppers is also popular but often the music is fairly loud in here and it is difficult to talk to one another. There are also a few wine bars, which could be classed as a bit more sophisticated but I'm afraid they're also a bit more expensive.

      There's plenty of fast food and restaurant places around, and the additional of a massive Tescos and Morrisons on opposite sides of the town.

      There are LOADS of places to stay in Clacton, from seafront hotels to B&Bs just outside the town centre, but in easy walking distance of the main attractions. I've never stayed in them myself, but I suppose it's probably you get what you pay for, on the quality of the B&B/hotel. There's a travel lodge in Weeley which is a 10 minute drive, and they are always clean and fairly affordable, but then you lack on-site activities and a pool.

      I think if you're looking for somewhere to stay, Clacton is okay for a one-off, but only if you make sure the weather IS nice. If the weather is dull, I'm afraid there is nothing to do in this town.

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        01.08.2009 14:45
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        Ok for a day trip

        Clacton is a fairly small coastal town situated in North Essex that I call home. I'd never even visited Clacton before I moved here and after living here for nearly three years, I can't say I'm sure why anybody bothers coming here for a holiday. But plenty of people do and now I'm going to share my opinion of the town, facilities and anything else I can think of that would interest the potential tourist.

        Getting to Clacton

        Clacton is not the easiest of places to get to, one train an hour runs from London Liverpool Street and this is a journey that takes over an hour. The particular route is also prone to delays, with a least one train a month being delayed by 30 minutes or more. By road the journey is a little easier by taking the A133 off the A120. However this route becomes very busy during the summer months, there is also a 'back road', which is often used by the locals as it tends to be a little quieter. Buses run half-hourly during the day from Colchester, but a word of warning, this is a route that not only goes 'round the houses' but is also quite bumpy and can be uncomfortable.

        Getting Around Clacton

        If driving, Clacton can be a tad confusing, there is a one-way system in both the main road into the town and the town itself. The roads can also be chaotic, a journey that should have took me two minutes along the seafront took me ten today simply due to the volume of traffic on the roads. Even during the winter months free parking spaces are at a premium, there are a few available but they have severe restrictions, most allowing only one hour of parking and no return within four hours. There are a good number of 'pay' car parks, but I find these expensive with a minimum charge of £1.20 for an hour, and again these do get very busy during the summer months. A word of warning, do not bother trying to park illegally or over-stay as there are traffic wardens and they are very active.

        The bus services in Clacton are actually very good, with regular services to most areas, but they are also very expensive coming in at over £2 for a fairly short journey. Taxis are plentiful, with in excess of five companies servicing the area and these are reasonably cheap, it works out cheaper if three or more are using a taxi than it does by bus. Being a smallish town, most amenities can be accessed on foot with it taking no more than an hour to walk from one end of the town to the other.

        Staying In Clacton

        There are plenty of different places to stay in or very near to Clacton. There are various caravan sites and holiday parks, which while not in Clacton itself are very close. Off the top of my head I can think of at least five of these including one run by Haven. I've never stayed in any of these so I can't comment on the quality of accommodation but have spent an evening at the Haven site and found the entertainment, well entertaining. There are also a number of budget B&Bs, where the rooms and service are very basic, but at £20/£30 per person per night I'm not sure I'd really expect much more from them. Many of the budget 'hotels' are used by the local council as emergency housing, so there aren't as many rooms available as there could be. There are also a couple of more upmarket hotels, but again I've never used these and so can't comment on value for money. There will also be a Premier Inn opening within the next month.

        What To Do In Clacton

        There's really not that much to do in Clacton, or the immediate area. There is of course the beach, and as beaches go it's not too bad. With plenty of sand and only a small amount of shingle it's fine for paddling or making sand castles. It's fairly clean too, dogs aren't allowed on the main beach from the 1st of May until the end of August, so there's not a lot of their mess around. There are also bins dotted on the sand itself so, in theory, there shouldn't be too much litter. There is also a 'Blue Flag' beach at Martello Bay, which isn't really that different from the others, but does feature an area dedicated to water sports such as jet-skiing and kite surfing. Life guards are in evidence during peak times, and these are often needed due to the strong currents in the North Sea.

        Clacton Pier is possibly the most touristy that the town gets, but this is quite the disappointment as far as thrill-seeking goes. There are a few rides but they're tame by anybody's standard. The featured aquarium is a small and not even worth the couple of quid entrance fee. There are also a few amusements and a large number of 'grab' machines, but possibly the best thing to do on the pier is simply take a stroll up it's 360m and look at the actually quite stunning views of the coastline. Oh and if fishing is your thing then tickets can be purchased that allow sea fishing right at the very end. The seawall in Jaywick (just along the coast from Clacton) is also very popular with fishers, although the quality of fishing here has dropped somewhat since improvements were made to the sea defences.

        Along with the pier there is a promenade/walk ranging from Jaywick on one side of Clacton to Great Holland on the other. Near the pier there are some formal gardens that would possibly be very nice to sit in, if it wasn't for the fact that these are a haunt of the local drunks. There is also a road train from Clacton to Holland which at only £2 for a 4 mile round trip is fairly good value and makes a nice little trip.

        As well as the beach, Clacton has a few other activities, if history is your thing then the observation towers are worth a look. There is a golf course that while I've never visited, I have walked past a few times and it does seem quite popular. The leisure centre is reasonable, with a swimming pool, Gym, Sauna and Spa along with outdoor playing areas including tennis courts. I'm really racking my brains now to think if there's anything else to do in Clacton, and there's not much. If you're interested in aircraft, then Clacton does have a little airfield which only seems to accommodate small craft, and there is the Football Club where matches are held during the season, but to be honest I've never bothered with Clacton FC and couldn't even tell you what league they're in.

        What there are quite a few of in Clacton is pubs some of which are reasonable, and others a waste of space. The two major players are The Moon And Starfish (a generic Wetherspoons, can be cheap but deadly dull) and Tom Peppers (a little livelier, but refuses entry if in tracksuit bottoms after 7pm). The Carlton is a little more up-market and all three of these serve food as well as alcohol. If you're looking somewhere a little more classy there are a fairly reasonable number of wine bars, but I've never actually been in any of these.

        For the cultural there are a couple of theatres, one being in the Town Hall (Prince's Theatre) and the smaller being at Westcliff (near the police station). These seem to show a range of different events, with plays and musical productions. I've occasionally seen names I recognise, but not very often.

        Shopping In Clacton

        Being quite a small town means that Clacton has a fairly small High Street and a very limited number of High Street chain stores. Although there is a QD there isn't a Wilkinsons, Boots is here, but in a much smaller incarnation than other towns. A few of the fashion chains are represented, but again these are smaller and carry a smaller range than in other towns. One thing Clacton doesn't lack is supermarkets with almost all the major chains being represented. Sainsbury have a small store in the town centre, then Morrisons and Iceland are a 5 minute walk from the main shopping area, then Tesco is a 10 minute drive from the town as are Somerfield and the Co-Op, there's even a Lidl. There are surprisingly few souvenir shops, I can only think of a couple off the top of my head, and there are kiosks selling buckets & spades along the seafront. Somewhere I've seen advertised but never actually been to is Clacton Shopping Village, but the ad-boards I've seen tell me that they offer upto 70% off brand name goods. One aspect of shopping in Clacton you don't want to miss is the fresh fish for sale on the seafront, close to the pier. There's nothing like eating fish that you've just watched being prepared and seriously fresh.

        Eating in Clacton

        As well as representatives of nearly all the fast food chains (for some reason we don't have a Burger King) there are a good number of fish and chip, kebab, Chinese and Indian takeaways. My favourite fish and chip shop is M&As, they seem to do the nicest rock eel & chips and are a reasonable price with both sit down and takeaway service. Subway is also here, but there is a much better place to get sandwiches and rolls, Crispin's is so much nicer, they cost a bit more but their bacon, sausage & mushroom French sticks are to die for. Many of the pubs serve food, but I don't usually eat in them, that is except the Martello Inn, which is a Toby Carvery that offers a really nice roast dinner at a very small price.

        There is also a coffee shop affair (over-priced if you ask me), a number of small cafes, Gregg's the bakery, pie and mash shop and the somewhat more highbrow restaurants. I guess what I'm trying to say is that not matter what your taste you're likely to find something to your taste, whether that be a pizza or three course meal.

        Night Life In Clacton

        Clacton has a relatively low-key night life, there are of course the pubs and bars, but there are also a small number of small clubs. Fibbers seems to be quite popular with regular special themed nights including the inevitable Skool Disco, situated on top (and part of) Tom Peppers it's easy to get to and on certain nights the entry fee is reduced if you've had a couple of drinks in the pub below. Another club is Vice Versa, I've never been in here either as it seems to cater for the younger generation and I'd feel out of place. To be honest if you're staying in Clacton and looking for a night clubbing I'd suggest getting a train into Colchester (about £6) and going there as there are far more clubs and pubs. Getting back could of course be a problem, but taxis usually cost about £25 from Colchester to Clacton.

        As there is only a very limited number of clubs and they are mainly out of the way Clacton doesn't suffer too much from the bane of drunken revellers standing in the middle of the road or walking out in front of cars. Though saying that the road along the seafront can be a bit stressful at chucking out time. One problem at night is the cruising that goes on around the town centre, the cars travel pretty damn fast so be careful if you've had a skin full.

        Amenities In Clacton

        There are a good number of public toilets, both in the town centre and on the seafront, these are in the main kept in good condition. Toilet rolls are mostly kept stocked, but there have been times when it has run out, it's a good idea to keep some in your pocket just in case. There are also a good number of disabled toilets. There is a job centre in the town, should you need to deal with during your stay. The main Post Office gets very busy but is open 6 days a week, although only until 12pm on Saturdays. There is also a good number of small local Post Offices although most of these are closed on Wednesday.

        One thing that may be important to you, especially if you suffer from a serious medical condition, is that there is NO A&E in Clacton. There is a minor injury unit, that's open from 9am-9pm, but anything serious will mean an ambulance ride (or car) to Colchester General nearly 20 miles away. And believe me this journey can seem to take forever when you're in a lot of pain, I know because I've experienced it. There are plenty of doctor's surgeries and dentists if emergency treatment is needed. There is also a 24hour police station, and there are times when there is a very high level of police visibility.

        Clactonions

        Yes I know I just made that word up, but it's as good as any. The majority of people in Clacton are fairly laid back, people here take their time and never seem to rush anything. The town centre has a far slower pace than nearby Colchester and I do occasionally find this slowness irritating as I've previously lived in a much larger and busier town. There are also a few areas of very high crime, I know I used to live in one. There also seems to be a high proportion of alcoholics, and these do seem to congregate in the shelters along the seafront. While the majority of people here are perfectly nice, normal and polite, there is an element that it's better to avoid.

        In The Clacton Area

        Although there's not much actually in Clacton, there are quite few attractions within 30min-1hr drive. Colchester Zoo is my favourite, but also in England's oldest town (Colchester) is the Castle Museum, and a wealth of history to discover. A little further away is The Colne Valley Railway, with real steam trains. There a nice nature trail at Wivenhoe and plenty of quiet back roads to explore. Further down the seafront, you'll find Walton, an even quieter seaside town with an even bigger parking problem, but it does have a much better pier.

        Should You Come To Stay

        Don't get me wrong, I like living in Clacton, if I didn't I would have moved out of the area. It's just I don't really understand why people come here on holiday. There's not a lot to do in Clacton itself, although there are some nice places to visit within 25 miles or so. The night-life is pretty much non-existent, the shops aren't up to much and it can seem as if nothing ever happens here. Mind you it does get very, very busy along the seafront on the last weekend in August (bank holiday) as the town hosts the air show, which isn't a bad event at all, as long as the weather holds up. The weather's not even that good, sure we get some summer sun, but being so near the North Sea it's nearly always windy, and the sand gets everywhere. Mind you I think it's worth making a trip to watch a thunder storm over the sea, it's truly dramatic and puts life into perspective. But other than that I really wouldn't recommending spending a whole week here, a day maybe but not a whole week.

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          20.07.2007 16:35
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          Dissappointing

          As a seaside town, it has a great beach ideal for sitting on on sunny days, good for most watersports except for possibly surfing It has a pier and amusements but its inferior to Great Yarmouth or Southend on those scores. Walton on the Naze is better for a "kiss-me-quick" experience!
          Shopping in the town is great if your a fan of second hand shops or looking at properties available in estate agents, you will have to go some to beat the choice. Other than that its pretty much run of the mill as you will find in any other town. The Common is ok if you go to buy with something in mind. I don't think I would waste my time walking round it just window shopping. Probably best to go there on a day when they have a themed market. Frinton offers a much better choice of antique and gift shops and has some of that "town time forgot" feel but its beginning to be eroded so go before its lost forever!
          Where to stay in Clacton:- unless I was on a holiday camp with additional activties or just had a caravan as a weekend retreat there are few reasons why I would pick to stay in Clacton. If you do then there is a good choice to suit all budgets though stay somewhere on recommendation to avoid the glorified hostels! The Tourist Information Office will happily give you guidance.
          Eating out:- again a wide selection from sandwich shops, greasy spoons, Chinese restaurants and the usual mainstream fast food suspects. Town centre greasy spoons offer better value and quality than those right on the seafront promenade. Restaurant choice is more limited though Georgios is worth a visit and everyone I know who has been to Prezzos loves it. The choice in the evening is very limited.
          Nightlife:- poor is the only word to describe it. Three or four major pubs on the seafront which tend to lack atmosphere on most nights even Saturdays on occassion. There are only two clubs,both leave alot to be desired.
          Other Activities:- the Naze at Walton is worth a visit, the walk from the Martello to Holland on Sea on a nice hot day is worth taking in. We have a cinema and leisure centre, both of which just seem to lack that little something extra you can't quite put your finger on. There are two theatres which put on good shows. The golf courses aren't too bad or maybe a pleasure flight from the local airfield mighttake your fancy.
          Events in the year are limited mainly to the Airshow and the Carnival Week. The Airshow is worth doing
          as is the Carnival firework display if you happen to be in town on the right night. We used to have the Radio One roadshow visit but we still have a Jazz festival but in rather scaled down format since one of the schools took on arranging it after the Council gave it up.
          Finally the people. Most people in Clacton are fine, certainly ones you come in contact on a visit. If you scratch the surface you will come across some unpleasant ones though, certainly more so in the evenings. Daytime crime tends to be mostly shop lifting with occassional bouts of pickpocketing. Night times can be a bit rougher but then what town doesn't have it alcohol induced problems?
          On the whole, Clacton is a good place to come for a daytrip, possibly an overnight stay and maybe if I was staying with kids on a park I could stretch it to a week but I think anything more would dissappoint.

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            Clacton - not just for old people

            I spent ten years of my life living in Clacton-on-Sea. During that time Clacton changed a lot and I spent the time to go out and do some of the things in and around the local area. I suppose Clacton has an image of being a retirement home with nothing there for younger people. To an extent this is still correct, it is indeed an area where many people go for their retirement, however, it is rapidly becoming much more tourism focused and the attractions and sights are becoming much more relevant to younger people.

            During the 1960’s and 1970’s Clacton-on-Sea attracted lots of tourists but with the advent of holidays abroad, the number of tourists visiting Clacton rapidly fell during the 1970’s and 1980’s. This made Clacton the perfect spot for a peaceful retirement. In recent years, Clacton has undergone something of a rejuvenation in all its areas of interest and entertainment and I believe that Clacton is gradually rebuilding its tourism industry to an extent that I reckon in ten or twenty years time, it will be a more popular destination than ever.

            Clacton is one of those seaside towns with a lot to offer. If you are planning on staying overnight Clacton has a range of caravan sites, hotels and bed and breakfasts, for the kids (and adults alike) there is a pier, amusement arcades, crazy golf, go carts and more. For the adults, or those that enjoy nightlife, there are scores of pubs, a couple of nightclubs and of course the amusement arcades are open until late.

            Of course, being on the coast Clacton has a wonderful seafront with pier beach in particular being an extremely popular sunbathing spot for the summer months. Disappointingly the council have, in recent years, placed a large number of sea defences all along the seafront which have massively defaced the beautiful views that once existed. Obviously this has all been done for a reason, but I do wish that they had used something that was a little more pleasing on the eye than what can only be described as giant triangular shaped lumps of concrete all the way along the seafront. Of course, in dumping all this concrete on to the beach, the number of beaches available to sun worshippers has decreased dramatically with many beaches only having a few metres of sand now, even at low tide.

            During the summer, Clacton’s annual fixtures include the Clacton Carnival and the Clacton airshow. Both of these are something that I would say everyone should visit at some point in their lives. Both the Carnival and the Airshow usually occur in August when the weather can be relied upon a bit more and in connection with these, a number of other events take place in August such as the Donkey derby, torchlight procession, sandcastle competition, egg throwing competition, beer dig, summer fete and fireworks, children’s fancy dress and much more.

            If shopping is more your cup of tea, Clacton has a fantastic Factory shopping village which consists of 48 famous name stores all selling goods at massive discounted prices. These include JD Sports, Thorntons, Stone River, Claire’s Accessories, Lilley & Skinner and the Banana Bookshop. With 1000 free parking spaces, make sure you include the shopping village as part of your Clacton experience.

            Perhaps, for some people who maybe visited Clacton in its heyday it may be remembered as being home to one of the oldest Butlins sites. Unfortunately in 1983 this was closed and has sinced been replaced with the Martello Bay estate. This has mainly been developed into housing but there is a lovely pub on the seafront called the Martello Inn which does some wonderful food and also caters for children.

            If you prefer the theatre scene, Clacton has two theatres, the Princes Theatre (which is located within the town hall) and the Wescliff Theatre. I have seen shows at both of these theatres and bearing in mind both theatres are only small, the quality of the shows that are displayed is amazing an certainly worth spending an evening there. Very enjoyable.

            Absolutely worth a visit, but make sure you go during the summer, as the weather is nicer, and if you go during the winter everything will be closed and the only real opportunities will be fishing.

            Make it your holiday destination this summer.

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              Having grown up in the area of Clacton-on-sea I guess it is only natural that i don't see its attraction...but then, when speaking to others who haven't grown up in this area, i realize that they haven't seen the attraction either, which leads me to only one conclusion...there is no attraction. The holiday season in Clacton is the worst, and i honestly do not understand why people continue to visit. The town itself is full of parents shouting at kids who are running across to get to the infamous Mc Donalds. The town is against all cars and so parking is near on impossible, and even when you do park you have a few shops and then the sea front. One good thing about growing up near Clacton i do have to say is having unlimitted access to the beach, but, to be honest it is the place to avoid in summer due to tourists and is the place to avoid all year round due to sanitation. Without any exageration the sea is brown/blacky/grey and i wouldn't let my children swim in it. Out of all the beaches or seaside resorts along the east coast Clacton would be the one that i would really dissuade people from travelling to, not only does it become so overcrowded that traffic is jammed for miles but there really isn't much there when you arrive, you have to fight for you little patch of sand to put your deckchair in and it is very rare occasion that the sun will actually visit. For anyone planning on taking a holiday to Clacton-on-sea i would say...Don't! for your own sanity!!!

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                I am proud to live in Essex and happily state that I am an “Essex girl” and, no I do not own, nor ever have owned a pair of white stilettos. I might have danced around my handbag once, when I was much younger and at a school disco probably, but that was then! There is already one opinion on Clacton so I went to check it out as I didn’t want to be seen to pinch, nor repeat any of that persons opinion. I am not going to. I am not about to slag it off, each entitled to their own opinion, but I do hope that I can redress the balance and add a few positive things about Clacton. So, here goes…! Clacton-On-Sea is situated on the Essex coastline, probably about a little over an hours train ride from London, forgive me for any inaccuracies on time and distance. I am not terribly good at judging them. Ask hubby, it was me who suggested we nip up to Newcastle for the day once!!!…..five and a half hours of motorway later…!!. The town evolved in the late 1800’s and the pier was built around this time too, incidentally it is now the longest pier in the country! I didn’t know that until I discovered that fact during researching this!! In the early days it was an ideal place for the “East-enders” to come to, and they still do to this day. I believe Clacton is very popular as a holiday destination for those wishing to escape from the City for a break. In the 60’s Radio Caroline was moored off the coastline and broadcasting nearby. The town really evolved as a holiday destination in the 70’s though when holiday camps and caravan parks became very popular. Clacton itself had a Butlins once which closed in 1985. now there is The Orchards Holiday Village in nearby St Osyth, which I think is part of the British Holidays chain? Clacton is described to many as a “typical Essex seaside town”. If you take th
                at to mean souvenir shops lining the main roads, a pier, the sickly tang of candy floss mingled with the hot smell of sunburnt holiday makers, then Yes I guess it meets that description well. And if that is what you are looking for in a holiday then you won’t be disappointed. It is lively, vibrant and a little bit “tacky” but I think that’s what makes Clacton what it is. And if you add to that the miles of sandy beaches, and each time I have been there the beaches are very clean, and the fact that it is one of the hottest and driest places in the country it is a great place for a reasonably priced holiday. Now I make no apologies for not being able to give you any accommodation recommendations, but as I live only a few miles from Clacton then you will understand why I have never felt the need to stay anywhere closer! What I can do though is to give you the addresses of a couple of excellent web sites which will help you out with finding out more about Clacton and accommodation availability. The first is : www.thisisessex.com. And the other is : www.essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk. Give them a visit, I did while I was researching this article and even I discovered a few new things about the area I live in! Shopping (now we are talking!!!) is pretty good in Clacton too. There are 2 markets held each week, the Saturday one is a must visit. It gets pretty crowded, especially in the Summer, but there is a huge variety of stalls from the obvious clothing to fresh bread, take my word for it, the bread is delicious too! I tend to avoid the market in the Summer because it is so busy and I am not a crowd friendly person..aagghh!! But come the Winter months I can quite often be found browsing the stalls. There’s something special about the seaside in the Winter don’t you think? Quiet and peaceful and very relaxing I think! Anyway where was I? Oh yes. S
                hopping! How could I get distracted from that! Clacton Factory Shopping Village is another great place to visit. It is situated out of the town, which is a great idea as parking in Clacton is not the best I have to say. The Factory Village hosts over 50 shopping outlets where you can usually find a great bargain, from high store brands to designer goods. I did loads of my Christmas shopping there, and was well pleased with the savings I made. Which I promptly went and spent in the luxury chocolate shop in the Village, sigh!! I can’t tell you much about the nightlife in the town either as I am not all that into “clubbing” but I am sure if you visit either of the web-sited I mentioned above you will be able to find out more. If I was to tell you how I would describe Clacton, then I would have to do it this way: When I do go there in the Summer I like to walk along Pier Avenue listening to the tinny sounds of the amusement arcades coming at me from either side of the road. I like to hear the chink of the penny machines (well they were pennies in my day ho ho ho!) and inhale the smell of the fresh fish stalls mixed in with the sweet candy-floss and I am immediately transported back to my idyllic childhood. When nothing bad ever seemed to happen. When all we had to think about were which rides we were going to go on when we got to the Pier, which is what we used to do at the end of every day at the beach. And then the trip home on the train, clutching our boxes of popcorn, tired but blissfully content as we listened to the rhythm of the train on the tracks “over the points, over the points, over the points….” As it sped us safely home and the end of a wonderful day in Clacton. That is what Clacton is to me, and if you want to recapture some of your childhood memories of lazy, hazy days at the beach when it seemed the sun was always shinin
                g!. Give Clacton-On-Sea a visit, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you. Kazz!

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                  I have been to Clacton many times because some of my family live there. I don’t usually go into the town because their house is on the outskirts of town but I have been in and I absolutely hate it. When we go for walks along the seafront, we walk past shelters that are absolutely disgusting and there is a lot of litter about. The sea looks very dirty and horrible but the pier isn’t bad. Although Clacton serves a purpose to those who live there, it does not serve a very good purpose for visitors and holiday makers. The problems are mainly along the seafront because as you get further into the town it becomes more pleasant. There is still a lot of litter around but the atmosphere is a lot nicer and the place is more enjoyable. The gardens are very beautiful and are a great place just to sit and relax. The main reason for people to go there would be to go on holiday but when you go on holiday, you want the beach. This is probably the worst part of the town so all holiday makers I would advise that you go somewhere else for your holiday.

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