Clacton-on-Sea is one of those seaside towns, like Margate and Southend, in the south east of England that used to attract hordes of holidaymakers and visitors from London and the south east in the fifties, sixties and early seventies. Then came the cheap package holidays abroad, with guaranteed sunshine, and they became somewhat like ghost towns.
Now, however, Clacton seems to be under-going something of a renaissance. Indeed, for the past few years the town seems to be getting evermore popular again. This is hardly surprising considering the economic situation with people opting to take their holidays in the UK or just having short breaks away.
Clacton-on-Sea, which was founded in 1871, has a lot to offer visitors anyway and there is great fun to be had here for all the family. There is the pier with the amusement park and funfair, arcades aplenty, lots of great restaurants and cafes, golf courses and many, many caravan parks in and around the town. The beach is also very nice at Clacton.
Then there is the Clacton Air Show which is on the Thursday and Friday every year before the August bank holiday. Clacton carnival lasts for a week and is held in August every year. It is the caravan parks that attract a lot of visitors, whether for the weekend or for a longer stay. They offer very affordable accommodation and at a lot of the parks there is entertainment laid on for the whole family.
The Orchards is one such park which has everything laid on for you. It is close to the beach but also has a swimming pool of its own. There is a nine-hole golf course in the park and children’s’ clubs for all the different age groups. Then there is the social club for the adults and there is usually entertainment laid on there for you all to enjoy.