Welcome to Clacton 150 Anniversary Flight information page!
2021 is the year Clacton-on-Sea celebrates its 150th anniversary. Many projects and celebratory events have been planned to commemorate this occasion.
The Clacton 150 anniversary flights will feature the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and has replaced the annual Clacton Airshow which unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions throughout the planning stages could not happen. Each days flying duration will be under one hour in total.
This is not a full air show and there will be no trade, exhibition, ground events/entertainment or programmes sold.
Stewards and TDC Beach Patrol will be patrolling along the promenade and will assist with your enquiries for the duration of the event.
What are the dates for the 2021 event?
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th August.
What time do the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Display and how long for?
Times TBC for both days. The duration for both flights in total is under one hour each day.
Where is the event site located?
Along Clacton Seafront. However, there is adequate viewing available from the East side of Clacton Pier (towards Holland-on-Sea) to Clacton Martello Beach including our upper and lower promenades.
Will there be other flights and ground events and traders?
No, not this year. However, next year’s Clacton Airshow will take place in its usual form on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th August 2022.
Where can I get up to date information now and on the day?
Via our Twitter page @ClactonAirshow
Via our Facebook page @TheSunshineCoastOffcial
Or by tuning into our media partner BBC Essex 95.3 FM/ 103.5 FM who will be running special programmes live!
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.
Binoculars are useful for watching the flights!
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?
No! However Clacton Pier has a firework display over the bank holiday weekend.
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?
We recommend visitors use either the park & ride service provided by Hedingham which is available from Clacton Factory Outlet or the West Road Cark Park (Cash only) run by the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea – to walk from the West Road Car Park car park to Toby Carvery will take around 10mins.
Is there disabled parking?
Yes, but it is very limited in the local car parks however, the West Road Car Park offers a accessible shuttle bus service.
Are there any road closures I need to be aware of?
Yes at 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, via our media partners BBC Essex
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. Please contact our Seafronts Manager 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 Beach Patrol team members who will be able to assist you.
Lost persons points can be found at any of the TDC Beach Patrol office as shown above.
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)
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 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 do have an array of vendors locally selling an assortment of food and refreshments at reasonable prices as well as shops 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!