Three days in Clacton - What would you do?

(10 Posts)
monstermissy Mon 22-Oct-12 16:10:48

So for a cheap few days away next week we are off to Clacton. Ive already decided one day at Colchester zoo but are there any other good things to do around that area? Avoiding soft play and amusments if possible. Is there a good cinema complex within a reasonable drive? How far is it to Ipswich from Clacton? Any good castles or walks. Jimmys Farm has been mentioned which sounds good. Im struggling to find ideas.

Thanks in advance. smile

monstermissy Mon 22-Oct-12 18:49:47

Anyone? Or is there just naff all to do ...

Notquite Mon 22-Oct-12 19:00:05

It might be a bit far, but the Sutton Hoo ship burial at Woodbridge (40 miles?) is great & still open next week. Details on National Trust website.

lisad123 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:03:05

We always liked to go to Walton on the naze and do crabbing With the kids. If you go to the cafe by the pier they have a hut you can hire for £10, to keep dry and make tea ect.
The pier at clacton is pretty old but sweet and there is a small aquarium there too.

monstermissy Mon 22-Oct-12 19:04:40

Thanks ill have a look at website sounds good. smile

monstermissy Mon 22-Oct-12 19:06:35

Crabbing sounds great, one of the things we never got round to in the summer. Ahh I knew mumsnet would be helpful.

Pi1978 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:12:02

How about Colchester castle?

elfycat Mon 22-Oct-12 19:12:54

If it's your cup of tea there's Landguard Foret at Felixstowe (not far as the crow flies, but it's the long way round to get the other side of the river). An intact fort from Henry VIII, but beefed up throughout history. There's 2 levels of buildings, quite extensive tunnels to explore.

Took DDs 3.8 and 2yo there last week, a bit young but they loved it.

10 mins further up the A12 is Orford castle, a small but fairly intact Keep again the DDs enjoyed it (especially getting in the huge oven in a room on the roof - room for several more children *disclaimer - it hasn't been lit in a long while)

Tilbury Fort must be fairly close as it's on the Thames on the Essex side. Again a beautiful star shaped fort.

These are English Heritage (EH) sites, if there's more near your starting point might be worth joining for a year.

St Botoloph's Priory is a proper ruin in Colchester town. Avoid rush hour times for travel in Colchester center as it's a bit grim for a while). It's free which by EH standards means good for a walk round to knacker the darlings out and a picnic but not for spending hours there.

A little further afield is the 'secret nuclear bunker' at Kelvedon Hatch. There are a lot of steps but it was really good and is one of our Zombie Apocalypse plans, but that's another thread

lisad123 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:14:33

Oh just to say Colchester zoo is huge and you will need all day there smile

monstermissy Mon 22-Oct-12 21:45:36

That's fantastic thanks everyone, will have a good look at all the mentioned places on the net if poss tomorrow. Start making some plans smile

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