Welcome to Clacton 150 Anniversary Flight information page! Below you will find some key information to help with your visit. More information can be found at C150 FAQS
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.
This is not a full air show and is a flight only event consisting of two display teams. There will be no trade, exhibition, ground events/entertainment or programmes sold. However, a full air show will return next year on 25th & 26th August 2022.
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th August.
Flight display times:
Thursday 26 August
14:30 – F-15 flypast
14:45 – 15:00 BBMF
15:15 – 15:45 Red Arrows
Friday 27 August
12:45 – 13:15 Red Arrows
13:30 – 13:45 BBMF
Along Clacton Seafront. However, there is adequate viewing and vantage points available from the East side of Clacton Pier (towards Holland-on-Sea) to Clacton Martello Beach (What3Words: starlight.repeated.protests) including our upper and lower promenades and West Greensward. Please be aware that these areas get very busy.
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 is advisable to bring them.
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.
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.
Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.greateranglia.co.uk
For local bus services visit www.hedingham.co.uk
National Express operates regular coach services to Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Harwich and Walton-on-the-Naze.
A park & ride service provided by Hedingham is available from Clacton Factory Outlet (CO15 4TL) routes 136 and 137, drop off and pick up Clacton Pier Avenue. £3.90 per adult or £5.80 for a family ticket. Timings are 7.47 from Clacton Factory Outlet to 18.13 from Pier Avenue (Stand B). Buses operate every 15 minutes.
West Road Cark Park (Cash only) run by the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea which will be open from 08.00 to 18.00 on both days. Admission to park will cost £5.00 for the day – to walk from the West Road Car Park (CO15 1AJ) to Toby Carvery will take around 10mins.
Is there disabled parking?
Yes, but these fill up very quickly in the local car parks. However, the West Road Car Park, CO15 1AJ offers an accessible shuttle bus service.
Where can I find a coach drop off point?
The main drop off point is Martello Coach Park. More information can be obtained from TDC’s Parking Services.
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!
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)
Where can I get up to date information now and on the day?
Via our Twitter page @ClactonAirshow
Via our Facebook page @TheSunshineCoastOffcial
Tune in to BBC Essex to hear commentary of the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights. Steve Scruton & Ian Wyatt will have exclusive coverage live from the seafront from 2pm on Thursday 26th, and 12 noon on Friday 27th. BBC Essex 95.3 FM/ 103.5 FM who will be running special programmes live!
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.
LoveTendring for Android
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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