Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town in the Tendring peninsula and was founded as an urban district in 1871. It is a seaside resort that saw a peak of tourists in the summer months between the 1950s and 1970s. The town's economy continues to rely significantly on entertainment and day-trip facilities and it is strong in the service sector, with a large retired population. With easy links by road, train, coach, ferry and plane and the centre of London only an hour or so away, Clacton is an easily accessible destination.
Clacton-on-Sea is a traditional seaside town with a modern twist making it a bustling but affordable seaside resort. Clacton has a pleasure pier, arcades, a golf course, caravan parks and an airfield. The town and its beaches are still popular with tourists in the summer, and there is an annual entertainment programmed including the Clacton carnival, which starts on the second Saturday in August and lasts for a week. Clacton Airshow takes place in August, with historic and modern aircraft. Clacton has a shopping area with many of the usual national chains represented, and a Factory Shopping Village in the north of the town. Clacton has two theatres, the West Cliff Theatre and the Princes Theatre. The West Cliff is one of the last theatres in the country to put on an old style summer show. Accommodation ranges from holiday parks, traditional B&Bs to comfy hotels where prices remain very competitive.
A renaissance of the seafront is underway in the form of a £36 million pound coastal defence project from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven covering 5kms creating 22 new glorious beaches in separate bays which can be enjoyed at all states of the tide.