Things to Do in Clacton

8 months ago Mon 26th Jun 2023

There's nothing quite like a trip to the seaside, from that perfectly swirled Mr Whippy to building sandcastles. Living close enough to hop aboard a bus to get to the beach is a wonderful position to be in.

Getting to Clacton from around Essex is easy to do with the friendly Hedingham & Chambers bus services. Even better, you can enjoy the seaside sights with our open top buses, perfect for sunny days out!

Plan your trip on the Hedingham and Chambers app.

Clacton Pier

Clacton pier is a must when visiting the town, as this local favourite is packed with activities and great fun for kids. 

For roller coaster fans there are exhilarating rides as well as a ferris wheel to get a stunning view of the coastline. If that wasn’t enough, the location also has Go Karting, bowling, and an arcade to try your luck at winning a prize. Heading to Clacton with friends? give shuffleboard and augmented reality darts on the pier a go!

The Jurassic Pier is now open! Visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some dino friends. With a fantastic gift shop and plenty of fearsome fossils to behold, kids will be awestruck by the Jurassic Pier. For younger kids, there’s a soft play area too! 

Visit Clacton Pier on our Seasiders Bus Line

A Family on the top of an open top bus in Clacton over looking the Clacton Pier

Clacton for the Family

There’s plenty for kids to do in Clacton, and you have multiple choices when it comes to crazy golf. Skull Point on Clacton pier is an 18-hole adventure golf course that can be played during any weather. Or if the sun is out and you’re wanting to make the most of it, Greensward adventure golf is a fun and affordable option. 

Clacton Pavilion is the place to go, with so much on it’s perfect when the weather is warmer. The Pavilion Fun Park is a fantastic place for families, and it even has a water park! There are over 20 rides to get your thrills on, and the venue also has a mini golf course and bowling.

Of course, one of the main things to be done in Clacton is to visit the beach. This sandy seafront is the perfect place to get fresh fish and chips while watching the waves roll in. Geo’s Fish Bar is a popular chippy of choice!

Make the most of your day at the seaside with the Clacton Breeze Open top bus! See the stunning views, feel the breeze in your hair, and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Essex coast.

Find out more and see why Clacton Rocks!

Shopping in Clacton

Clacton has some shopping gems if you fancy skimming the racks and itching that retail scratch! Clacton Shopping Village is home to Saltrock, Trespass and Cotton Traders, perfect for those with an interest in quality, durable clothing.

The Beauty Outlet also in the shopping village has discounted makeup to meet all your needs, with popular brands having fantastic offers on makeup and nail varnish. Fans of interior design will also be pleased to hear that Julian Charles Home has a store in the village.

Outside of the shopping village there are also JD Sports, Next, Bonmarché, and New Look, alongside many other popular retail stores with clothing, home goods, and everyday items.

Plan your shopping trip to Clacton by Bus

Clacton Theatres

Looking for a bit of light entertainment on your trip? Clacton is home to several theatres, with both cinema and live stage shows being on offer.

The Princes Theatre has some fantastic entertainment, with events such as wrestling shows, music cover acts, and dance productions on the agenda. At the venue, a youth theatre workshop also takes place, providing theatrical training and experience for young acting enthusiasts.

For more live shows and youth theatre opportunities, the West Cliff Theatre is another wonderful venue with some fabulous talent scheduled to delight and entertain. 

For the newest release films, Century Cinema is there for the public to get their thrills and catch that movie that they’ve been waiting for. Boasting some incredibly affordable prices relative to large chain cinemas, this location is a must!

Take a trip to the dynamic seaside town and save yourself money on parking too! Hop aboard the Hedingham & Chambers bus services for fuss-free travel!

Clacton Airshow

Something that is iconic to Clacton, the annual Airshow is a delightful display of aerial stunts to wow spectators gathered on the beach. Taking place in the summer, this event is absolutely not one to miss! Great for the whole family, you can bring a picnic or enjoy a chippy as you are awe-inspired by the talented teams behind the Clacton Airshow.


Hop aboard a bus to Clacton and make the most of the seaside, while enjoying affordable travel.

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Clacton Pier

Clacton Pavilion

Clacton Shopping Village

Princes Theatre

West Cliff Theatre