Welcome to Clacton Airshow information page!
What are the dates for the 2022 event?
Thursday 25th & Friday 26th August. In addition to the day flying, Twilight flights will take place Thursday only.
What time are the flight displays?
Thursday 25 August
Where is the event site located?
The main ground event site site is located on Marine Parade West (What3Words: choppy.smiled.gazes) However, there is adequate viewing available along the seafront from the East side of Clacton Pier (What3Words:forgiven.verdict.succumbs – towards Holland-on-Sea) to Clacton Martello Beach (What3Words: starlight.repeated.protests) including our upper and lower promenades and West Greensward.
Download the Love Tendring app – where you can find information on nearby car parks, toilets and other facilities. It also tells you how busy beaches are based on hourly data from TDC’s Beach Patrol.
Does it get busy?
Yes! The site is very open and it can get hot, we advise you to check the weather, bring plenty of water, wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring wet weather protection in case it rains.
Are the displays suitable for young children?
This is a family event. The louder, faster jets can be very noisy! If you have ear defenders it’s advisable to bring them.
Are there any fireworks?
Yes usually on Clacton Pier.
From London and the M25, take the A12 signed Chelmsford and Colchester, pass the exits to Colchester West and Colchester Central, and then join the A120 signposted Harwich and Clacton.
From the Midlands and North, follow the A14 (signposted Felixstowe/Harwich) until you are south of Ipswich. Join the A12 signposted London, then take the A120 signposted Harwich. From the A120 join the A133 for Clacton, Frinton, Walton, St Osyth, Brightlingsea etc.
Harwich International Port is one of the UK’s leading freight and passenger ports with
excellent links to the Midlands, London and the South East. The passenger ferry terminal is run by Stena Line.
Harwich International Port
London Stansted airport is within easy reach by road (approximately 60 miles.)
Regular trains run to the Essex Sunshine Coast with daily direct services from both Clacton and Harwich International to London Liverpool Street. Average journey time from London is 1 hour 45 minutes.
For local Bus Service contact Essex Traveline
National Express operates regular coach services to Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Harwich and Walton-on-the-Naze.
There are daily services with connections to London, the Midlands and the North West. For timetable information contact National Express on:
Click the following link for more information on the Essex Sunshine Coast line and the Greater Anglia service.
Where’s the best place to park?
Details for the park and ride and main car park are TBC.
Is there disabled parking?
Yes, but these fill up very quickly in the local car parks.
Are there any road closures I need to be aware of?
Yes located at Marine Parade and Pier Gap for the duration of the event.
Can I cycle?
Yes, however you will need to dismount at either Clacton Pier or at Clacton Lifeboat Station (dependant on where you arrive) Click here for more information about cycling on our proms!
Is there any live coverage of the event?
Yes, details will be available soon!
Where can I find details of local Accommodation?
Contact Clacton Tourist Information Centre on: 01255 686633 or log on to Essex Sunshine Coast for further details.
Watching the flights from your boat?
A Maritime Safety Zone is in place and a Local Navigation Warning issued. Please contact our Seafronts Team for more details.
Drones at the event?
Unauthorised drones are banned at the event. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are strictly not allowed to be flown at the event site. Please be aware that unauthorised drone operators will be prosecuted and is against the law for any of these craft to be flown within the Restricted Airspace to protect participating aircraft and display teams. Flying displays will be cancelled if unauthorised drones are flown during this time.
If you are lost or need to ask for assistance, look out for one of our Event Stewards or TDCs Beach Patrol team who will be able to assist you.
Lost persons points can be found at any of the TDC Beach Patrol office (as shown below).
A free wrist band scheme operates along the seafront with each section of the beach colour coded. Children are given a corresponding wrist band which makes the task of re-uniting lost children with their family a lot easier. Wrist bands can be obtained from the TDC Beach Patrol Office and stewards.
First Aid Points:
TDC Beach Patrol office located to the West of the Pier. (What3Words: pays.conquest.postcard).
TDC Beach Patrol office located at Palace Beach. (What3Words: ordeals.hunk.grit).
TDC Beach Patrol located at Martello Beach. (What3Words: starlight.repeated.protests).
Hastings Road (What3Words: applause.meal.incurring).
Pier Gap (What3Words: invoices.revisit.winded).
by the Makai Tiki Bar to the East side of the Pier (What3Words: purist.endlessly.command).
Will the beaches still be open?
Yes! For information on our beaches and beach safety visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk
Can I still go in the sea?
Yes, although this is limited during the displays. Please follow instructions from the TDC Beach Patrol team and stewards who will be to hand for the duration of the event.
Can I bring my dog/guide dogs to the event?
Yes, but they must be on a lead and are not allowed on the beach except guide dogs. Please check the Tendring District Council website for more information regarding dog friendly beaches. Please be aware that it could be too scary, noisy and busy for our furry friends and they may prefer to stay at home.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, but please use the bins provided for rubbish! Please help us to be more environmentally friendly by cutting out single use plastics, use alternatives such as cans and wooden cutlery and please recycle where you can.
We will have various food and drink concessions on site as well as an array of vendors in the local area selling an assortment of food and refreshments at reasonable prices. Local shops are located in the main Town Centre.
Are there are cash points located on site?
No however, the nearest cash machines are located at:
Main Town Centre
Which are all a short walk!
Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Following the Government guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread.
Fresh Air – Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors.
Testing – If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test.
Face Coverings – Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport.
App – Check in to venues when you go out.
Handwashing – Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds.
For further information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus