Beach Guide: The Blue Flag-awarded Martello Beach offers a child-friendly sand and shingle beach with very good facilities. However, if looking for a livelier day out, West Beach is where the pier is located, and offers an abundance of amusement arcades and funfair rides.

Parking Tip: Parking at Wellesley Road and Seafront Bays costs up to £5 for over 4 hours. Other paid parking is widely available in the surrounding area.

Facilities: Restaurants – Toiletswith disable facilities – Shops – Pier with rides – Beach huts – Deck chair hire – Disabled access – First aid – Lost child centre – Amusement arcades – No dogs

Attractions: As well as a lively pier full of arcades and rides (free entry), Clacton-on-Sea offers a shopping village, two theatres and beautiful gardens surrounding the promenade. The Clacton air show is extremely popular and takes place in August.

What Essex Baby parents say:

“Whenever we visit Clacton-on-Sea we love to eat our fish and chip in the pretty seafront gardens. It can get very crowded near the pier, but if you go further down the beach, away from the attractions, it is much more peaceful” – Kate W 

“Every year we go to the Clacton air show. It gets extremely busy on both days, so you need to get there early if you want to find a decent place to park and a good viewing spot. Lovely sandy beaches and my kids love the small Martello petting zoo, which costs about £3.50 per person (free for under 3’s)” – Becky T