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Local Towns

Welcome to our selection of local towns to visit where we give you a brief history and overview of some of our favourite places and some of our recommendations for cafes, restaurants, shops and attractions.


Thorpe-le-Soken is situated near the coast, approximately 11 miles northeast of Colchester and about 4 miles northwest of Clacton-on-Sea.


Frinton-on-Sea is known for its non-commercial sandy beach, traditional seaside charm, and peaceful atmosphere.


The main attraction in Walton-on-the-Naze is its beautiful beach. The town boasts a long stretch of golden sands, which are ideal for sunbathing, picnicking, and beach activities.


Holland-on-Sea is situated on the North Sea coast, approximately four miles east of Clacton-on-Sea. The village is part of the larger town of Clacton-on-Sea and falls within the Tendring district.


Clacton-on-Sea is known for its sandy beaches, vibrant seaside atmosphere, and traditional seaside resort attractions.


Dedham is a picturesque village, situated in the heart of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is known for its charming rural setting, historic buildings, and artistic connections.


Harwich has a long maritime history and is an important port for both passenger and cargo traffic.

Harwich is situated in a strategic location that has been significant for trade and defence since ancient times.


Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and serves as a regional hub with a rich history, diverse cultural scene, and beautiful waterfront.


Colchester is a historic town and is Britain’s first recorded city, with a rich history dating back over 2,000 years. Colchester is known for its Roman heritage, medieval architecture, and vibrant cultural scene.