A long, sandy beach and a variety of seaside attractions are a stroll away from Clacton-on-Sea holiday cottages. This quintessentially English resort lies on the Tendring Peninsula of Essex, between Jaywick and Holland-on-Sea. With its pleasure pier, arcades, golf course and sweep of golden sand, it’s no wonder self-catering holidays in Clacton-on-Sea have been popular since the Fifties. Many of southeast England’s top destinations are just a short train ride or drive away, making the town a great base for exploring the region. Central London can be reached in less than 90 minutes by train, while Canterbury, Cambridge and the coasts of Suffolk and Kent are easily close enough for day trips.

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    From your holiday cottage in Clacton-on-Sea, wander into the historic town centre, where you’ll discover stylish bars and cafes alongside classic beach shops and ice cream stands. Explore Clacton Seafront Gardens before descending to the award-winning beach, where sunbathing, sandcastle-building or an invigorating swim in the sea can be enjoyed. Don’t miss the pier, which opened to the public in 1871 and still offers indoor a range of entertainment, including go karts, bowling and an aquarium. The pier also provides sea fishing passes, with the chance to catch whiting, rockling and bass. Clacton-on-Sea hosts exciting events, including Clacton Carnival, which runs for two weeks from the second Saturday in August, and Clacton Airshow, featuring rare historic aircraft, wing-walkers and the Red Arrows. There are also two theatres, Princes Theatre and West Cliff Theatre, with packed programmes of drama, music and comedy.

    Clacton-on-Sea is the perfect base for exploring Essex. At 350 miles, the county’s coast is England’s longest, with ancient fishing villages, wild clifftop paths and secluded bays. Spectacular historic sites are also nearby, including Colchester Castle and Audley End House and Gardens. As you explore the unspoiled countryside around the town, you’ll notice signs of the county’s industrial past, such as weather-boarded windmills overlooking meandering rivers.