Enjoy all the best entertainment in Clacton-on-Sea thanks to live shows at the Princes Theatre. There's plenty of things to do in Clacton throughout your stay - families can enjoy top attractions like Clacton Pier and its child-friendly activities at Clacton Pavilion, while couples can indulge in Clacton's nightlife and top cultural experiences. It's easy to get around Clacton, too, and you won't have any trouble finding delicious restaurants and places to eat near Clacton. Why not finish your trip with some shopping in Clacton and take home a souvenir or two? Plus, our super comfy beds will be waiting to help you drift off after busy days out exploring the coast. Discover our hotels in Clacton-on-Sea and book your next getaway today.
Things to do in Clacton-on-Sea
The seaside looms large in Clacton-on-Sea: Whether you’re taking a dip in the channel at one of the many amazing beaches, wakeboarding at Curve Wake Park or enjoying the amusements at the pier, there’s plenty to do that involves the holy trinity of sun, sea and sand. We’ve also included some options for when the weather isn’t cooperating.
One of the largest towns in Essex, Clacton-on-Sea has a lively entertainment scene spanning a wide range of interests. There are several theatres to choose from, with the Jaywick Martello Tower supplying a healthy dose of art, culture and history. And if you visit in August, you can join the 250,000-strong crowd who turn up to see the Clacton Airshow.
The leading retail centre in the region, Clacton Shopping Village is a large mall home to a wide range of discount outlets and high street classics, including Marks & Spencer, JD Sports and hiking store Trespass. Located on the northern edge of Clacton and open daily, the Village has plenty of free parking and six food and drink outlets including Greggs, Costa Coffee and Burger King.
Part of the Sunshine Coast Line, Clacton-on-Sea Train Station first opened in 1881 and now runs regular services to London Liverpool Street, including stops at Colchester, Stratford and Chelmsford. The station has four platforms and is located a 10-minute walk from the pier and our Clacton-on-Sea Seafront hotel.
Stansted is the nearest airport to Clacton-on-Sea. The 50-mile journey takes around an hour by car or taxi or around two hours via a direct train to Chelmsford and a connecting bus service to Stansted. The airport is the base for several low-cost airlines, including Ryanair, Jet2 and easyJet, and is the fourth-busiest UK airport with nearly 30 million passengers each year. Alternatively, make your journey even simpler by staying at one of our hotels near Stansted airport before you travel.