With a sandy beach, pier full of entertainment and an impressive theatre dating back to 1931, Clacton-on-Sea has everything you’d expect of a classic seaside town. Highly popular during the 1950s and 1970s, the district in Essex offers the traditional pleasures of the seaside, with a modern twist.
Located among seawater creeks near the charmingly-named maritime town of Brightlingsea, The Orchards Holiday Village provides the perfect base for coast exploration or on-park adventures. With two lakes for coarse fishing, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a challenging 9-hole golf course, our holiday park has plenty to keep you entertained in between trips to the seaside. As for the town of Clacton-on-Sea, here’s a little look at what you can expect:
Clacton beach and pier
Considered by many as the jewel in the crown of the Essex coast, Clacton-on-Sea beach has always been a popular family destination. With a long stretch of golden sand and plenty of water sports to get involved in, the beach offers a taste of the true British seaside. With a classic Victorian pier as the centrepiece, there is also a host of amusements and activities perfect for families, from rides to ten-pin bowling.
The purpose-built Princes Theatre can be found inside the stunning grade II listed Clacton Town Hall and can seat 820 guests. Constructed in 1931, the theatre stages over 150 shows and events each year and is a hub of entertainment for the town. From shows such as Milkshake Live and The Wizard of Oz pantomime, to celebrity performances and even wrestling, there is something to suit all tastes, no matter the time of year.
Hasty’s Adventure Farm
Perfect for little ones, Hasty’s Adventure Farm gives children a glimpse at farm life with fun activities for those aged between three and eleven. From a giant sand pit with diggers and excavators, to a tractor park, playhouses and an array of farm animals, there is lots for kids under five to enjoy. For the older children, there’s a massive play area and a large go-karting track.
Curve Wake Park
An activity for the thrill-seekers amongst us, Curve Wake Park has a huge host of water-based activities and sports to get involved in. Open Friday – Sunday, the park offers wakeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking and even a huge inflatable obstacle course sure to test your balance. There is also an on-site Lakeside Café where you can grab a bite to eat and watch the adventurers pass you by.
Slightly further afield, Colchester Zoo may not technically be in Clacton-on-Sea, but it’s well worth the visit. Situated 40 minutes from our holiday park, it’s home to 240 species and is listed as the 11th best zoo in the world. As well as seeing many different habitats, you will also get the chance to watch animals being fed or oversee a training session. For those that want to get more hands-on, there is even the opportunity to hand feed the elephants and giraffes at the daily public feeding sessions.
Whether it’s on park, or in one of the nearby towns, Clacton-on-Sea is full of family-filled activities to suit all ages. For more information on The Orchards or to book at holiday visit www.haven.com