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The Colne Valley Railway – More Than Just A Train Ride The Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex is a pretty, restored one-mile length of the original Colne Valley & Halstead Railway with steam and diesel operational trains, re-located station buildings and signal boxes. The Colne Valley Railway has a large collection of rolling stock, including a Travelling Post Office. Visit a working signal box and the Exhibition centre showing the history of the line. Ride on the miniature railway, operate trains on the garden and model layouts, visit the gift shop and buffet carriage.

● Unlimited train rides on steam or ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

diesel trains Miniature 7 ¼”ride-on railway Garden railway layout Large ‘00’ model railway Operational signal box Exhibition centre Travelling Post Office carriages Shop Buffet carriage Large free car park Woodland walk

Events include: Join Thomas & FriendsTM At a Heritage Railway near you. Experiencea ride with a real steam engine And take part in Thomas-themed activities.

Colne Valley Railway

Castle Hedingham, Essex. CO9 3DZ


Colne Valley at War 14th July Bus & Commercial vehicle rally 21st July 60s event 18th August Motorcycle rally 1st September

Days Out With Thomas: 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd June 28th, 29th September and 5th October

See our website for further details or call 01787 461174

The Colne Valley Railway | Castle Hedingham | Halstead | Essex | CO9 3DZ 4

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Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club

West Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1AJ

Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club welcomes green fee paying golfers of all abilities. Come and enjoy our beautiful course and facilities. Excellent Bar, Patio and Restaurant.

Twilight golf from 4pm – only £15.00

Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club does have a dress code which means that golfers should always be wearing ‘golfing attire’, denim jeans and trainers are not allowed. Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club West Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1AJ Telephone Office: 01255 421919 Member’s Payphone: 01255 424331 Professional: 01255 426304 Fax: 01255 424602 Email:

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Summer at a glance ... JULY An evening of Burlesque Sat 13th July, 8.00pm Tickets: £20.00

The stars from The Commitments Thurs 25th July, 7.30pm Tickets: £20

AUGUST Joe Pasquale Summer Tour 2013 Sat 3rd August, 7.30pm Tickets: £17.60, Concs £16.50

The Proclaimers Sun 4th August, 7.30pm Tickets: £25.00

Chas & Dave Back by demand Fri 23rd August, 7.30pm Tickets: £22.50, Concs £19.50 BOX OFFICE: BOOK ONLINE:

01255 68 66 33

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE

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:HOFRPHWR : HOFRPHWR )ULQWRQ*ROI&OXE )ULQWRQ*ROI&OXE Pla Playy golf at the only link links-style s-style ccourse ourse in Es Essex sex You’ll find a warm welcome when you visit Frinton Golf :lub. We offer a whole range of golfing experiences whether you’re a seasoned player, a complete beginner, or anything in between. For o the more serious golferr, the 18 ho hole Havers Course presents a true test of golfing ability. Located next to the sea, the course gives you the challenges of a wind swept links course, and it’s one of the best maintained in Essex. The greens are fast and true. NO NEED TO QUEUE - JUST CALL THE PRO SHOP The nine hole Kirby Course is the perfect mix of par 3 and 4 holes to test practiced golfers, whilst at the same time offering the ideal environment for young and older novices to improve their games. re reasonable and affordable. Lessons and coaching are available, booked in advance. The Clubhouse is open to everyone who has paid a green fee and serves food and drinks throughout the day. Please wear proper golfing attire – no jeans or trainers please. Social and playing playing memberships Social memberships aavailable. vailable. Golfing Golfing societies w elcome. societies welcome.

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1 The Esplanade, Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9EP • Telephone: 01255 674618

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WEST MERSEA OYSTER BAR Mouth-watering seafood is served 7 days a week at the best possible quality West Mersea Oyster Bar started in 2006 with Michael Dawson as an expansion to his oyster business. It soon became huge success. On April 1st 2010, Chris Avila & Sel Yuzen took over with an improved menu plus much more.

Our Menu Starters from £3.95 Main courses – choice from Cod, Haddock, Skate wing, Lobster, Salmon, Scallops, Black Tiger Prawns or Crab from £9.95 Children's menu from £5.95

Monday - Thursday Open / 9am - 5pm Hot food / 12:00pm - 4:30pm Friday - Saturday Open / 9am - 10pm Hot food / 12:00pm - 8:30pm Sunday Open / 9am - 5pm Hot food / 12:00pm - 4:30pm Also open bank holidays

West Mersea Oysters – choice of World famous Colchester Natives (No.3s) Available from September - April prices from £2.75 for three or Mersea Island Rocks Available all year round prices from £2.50 for three Be sure to check out our daily specials when you arrive! Vegetarian choices also available

Tel: 01206 381600 or visit

WEST MERSEA OYSTER BAR Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8LT

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Wed 26th – Sat 29th June 7.30pm

Saturday 17th August 7.30pm



presented by Clacton Musical Theatre Society

£10.50 - £13.00 Concessions available


Sunday 14th July 7.30pm

Sunday 18th August 7.30pm



Sensational, Top Class Big Band Time Out

Strictly Adults Only

£21, Concs £19


Saturday 20th July 7.30pm

Saturday 24th August 7.30pm




£17.50, Concs £16.50

Over 2 hours of sensational music

Sunday 21st July 7.30pm

Friday 6th September 7.30pm



starring Marmalade and The Swinging Blue Jeans

starring Gerry Marsden


£21.50, Concs £20

Thursday 25th July 7.30pm

Saturday 14th September 7.30pm

PETER HOWARTH UNPLUGGED Lead Singer of The Hollies with special guest Michael Armstrong


£16.50, Concs £15

£17.50, Concs £16.50, Groups 8+ £15 each

Saturday 27th July 7.30pm

FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS 80 + classic songs from the 50s - 80s

£15 Sunday 28th July 3pm

DES O'CONNOR £21.50 Thursday 1st August 7.30pm

DOMINIC KIRWAN £18.50, Concs £17.50 Friday 2nd August 7pm

THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS meet the Phantom of the Theatre

£14.50 Saturday 10th August 8pm TERRY JENKINS SUMMER DARTS SHOW with special guests Colin "Jaws" Lloyd & Bobby George

VIP £20, Standard £10


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Thorpe Road, Great Clacton,

Bentley Country Park

Essex, CO16 9JN

Flag Hill, Great Bentley,

Lakeside Touring Caravan Site

Essex, CO7 8RF


Little Clacton, Essex, CO16 9RN


Homestead Lake Touring Park EE SH

33-37 London Road,


Promenade Way, Colchester,

Promenade Way, Brightlingsea,

Martello Caravan Park

Essex, CO7 0LW

Kirby Road, Walton-On-The-Naze,

Chester Camp

Essex, CO14 8QP

Jaywick Lane, Clacton,

Orchards Holiday Village

Essex, CO16 8BB

Point Clear Road, St Osyth,

Colchester Camping Caravan Park

Essex, CO16 8LJ

Polstead Touring Park

Cymbeline Way, Lexden,

Holt Road, Polstead,

Colchester, Essex, CO3 4AG

Essex, CO6 5BZ

Coopers Beach Holiday Park

St Osyth Beach Village

Church Lane, East Mersea,

Essex, CO15 2SG

Essex, CO5 8TN

Seaveiw Holiday Park

Cosways Holiday Home Park

Sea View Avenue, West Mersea,

Fen Lane, East Mersea,

Seawick Holiday Village

Essex, CO5 8UA


Brightlingsea Leisure Village

Essex, CO7 0HJ

Beach Road, St Osyth,

Essex, CO5 8DA

Beach Road, St Osyth,

Croft House

Essex, CO16 8SG

Colchester Road, Colchester,

Oakland Holiday Village

Essex, CO11 2RN

Colchester Road, St Osyth,

Dovercourt Caravan Park

Essex, CO16 8HW

Low Road, Harwich,

Sacketts Grove Caravan Park

Essex, CO12 3TZ


Fen Farm Caravan & Camping Site

Jaywick Lane, Clacton,

Fen Lane, East Mersea,

Tower Holiday Park

Colchester Castle Museum and Castle Park

Essex, CO16 7BD

Greenacres Leisure Ltd

Essex, CO15 6LY

The Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Castle Park itself is a site of national importance, this Victorian Park is a landscape moulded by the people of Colchester over many eras.

Low Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3TS

Waldegraves Holiday & Leisure Park

Hollytrees Museum

Highfield Holiday Park

Waldegraves Lane, Mersea Island,

Clacton-On-Sea, Clacton,

Essex, CO5 8SE

Essex, CO16 9QY

Weeley Bridge Holiday Park

Essex, CO5 8UA

Belsize Avenue, Jaywick,

Fletchers Caravan Park

Essex, CO15 2LF

Tower Estate, Point Clear,

Valley Farm Holiday Park

Clear Bay, CO16 8NG

Valley Road, Clacton,

Thorpe Road, Great Clacton,

Essex, CO16 9DH

Discover what family life was like for rich and poor people. Hear stories of those who lived and worked in Hollytrees, a beautiful Georgian town house built in 1718. Look out for the dolls’ house, a model of Hollytrees House.

Essex, CO15 4NT

Hutleys Caravan Park

Willowmere Caravan Park

Natural History Museum

Beach Road, St Osyth,

Bures Road, Little Cornard,

Essex, CO16 8TB

Essex, CO10 0NN

Highlands Chalet & Caravan Park

Clacton Road, Weeley,

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Focusing on the rich natural heritage of north-east Essex, from the open through the salt marshes and beaches to the more familiar urban environments of the park. Discover what rocks lie beneath your feet and what lurks in your garden with a look at local geology.

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Bourne Mill A National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped “Dutch” gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including a waterwheel which is intact and still working.

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The Town Hall site has been the focus of civic duties for more than 800 years. The original Town Hall, called the Moot Hall was built in 1160, however the present Town Hall was built in 1844 and was originally a threestorey structure with a stone-faced front.

Colchester Town Centre


There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to chose from in Colchester Town Centre, the oldest recorded town in Britain. An area in Colchester town centre is still known as the Dutch Quarter and many buildings there date from the Tudor period. During this period Colchester was one of the most prosperous wool towns in England, and was also famed for its oysters. The old Roman wall runs along Northgate Street in the Dutch Quarter.

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Toilet terror is gripping the nation according to new research by The Camping and Caravanning Club.

N A RECENT Onepoll survey carried out on behalf of the Club, campers believe that the most horrifying things to find on a campsite are unflushed loos (33%), overflowing toilets (32%), soiled toilet seats (29%) and used plasters left in the shower blocks (25%)! Moreover, holidaymakers think that unclean toilets are more horrifying than discovering wild animals roaming around sites at night (6%) and creepy crawlies in tents, caravans or motorhomes (17%)! In fact clean washrooms are the most important factor when choosing a campsite (30%). These findings come on the day the Club launches its ‘Clean Washrooms Guarantee’, which is aimed at regaining the nation’s trust by reassuring campers that its washrooms are of the highest standards of cleanliness. Campers who aren’t happy with the cleanliness of a Club Site’s washroom facilities can make a complaint to site staff and if it can’t be resolved within a two hour timeframe will be recompensed with a free night. And the response to the Club Promise is encouraging as 77% of campers find a clean washroom guarantee appealing and the same numbers are more likely to book a site that offers this assurance.

Other key findings include: ● 79% of campers agree unclean washrooms would impact negatively on their experience ● Just 16% of campers believe that campsite toilets are ‘very’ clean. ● 41% of campers have found hairs in plug holes in UK campsite washrooms. ● 36% of campers have found unflushed toilets or a lack of toilet roll. ● Clean washrooms are even more important to older campers with 41% agreeing it is the most important factor compared to 27% of family campers. ● Men are more likely to have experienced dirty toilet brushes (24% compared to 15% women). ● Over 50s are more likely to have experienced cobwebs (36% compared to 27% family campers). ● Women are more likely to be horrified by dirty toilet brushes (22%) than men (16%).

Supporting the Club Promise is ‘How Clean is Your House’ Television Presenter and 2009 I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me out of Here! runner-up Kim Woodburn. Kim is impressed by the level of cleanliness of the Club’s washrooms and she said: “As you will know, cleanliness is of prime importance to me so you can only image my trepidation when asked to take a look at some campsite toilets! “However after visiting the Club’s sites, I was extremely impressed by the Holiday Site Teams’ dedication in providing clean washrooms – it really was home-from-home! “I would urge any holidaymakers who are initially scared by the thought of ‘toilet terror’ to try pitching up at a Camping and Caravanning Club Site – they’ll definitely put your mind at ease.” Watch Kim’s trip to Blackmore Camping and Caravanning Club Site online. Kim will be a guest of the Club at today’s Spring Caravan & Camping Show (Tuesday, Feb 19). Raymond Boyd, Managing Director at the British Toilet Association, is also supporting the Club’s Promise and added: “The highest standards of provision and hygiene can only be assured when organisations evoke the uppermost levels of facilities management. “The BTA recognises that The Camping and Caravanning Club continues to set a premier example of the cleanliness levels that can be achieved. “With more and more people choosing to travel and holiday throughout the UK it has become vitally important for visitors to be able to identify and locate good quality washroom facilities that enable them to freshen up and enjoy their holiday in comfort.” ‘Clean Washrooms Guaranteed’ is the overarching element of the Club’s ‘Perks’ campaign which will run throughout 2013. The Club’s Director General Robert Louden said: “The Promise is one of the Club’s greatest Perks and we look forward to welcoming campers to our Club Sites and providing them with washrooms that are of the highest standard of cleanliness.” For more information visit: /guarantee Credit: The Camping and Caravanning Club

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Ye Olde Cherry Tree, Little Oakley



Never mind the Tour de Tendring – real blokes do the ‘Tour de Taverns’ … The hard men of Harwich grind round twenty miles of winding lanes, while guzzling a beer in each of nine pubs. We saw the broken heap of cyclists at the last stop, Ye Olde Cherry Tree in Little Oakley – but it was there that you could understand why they put themselves through such pain! There are four superb Real Ales to choose from, to be supped while enjoying the beautiful view across fields to the sea; not to mention an excellent menu to ponder over and some really realistic prices. How about lunch for two on any weekday for just £11.99? Or Wednesday's Steak Night, when a couple can enjoy two courses each with a bottle of wine for just £25 all in? Then there’s the three-course Sunday Lunch, equally brilliant value at £13.99 per person. On our last Sunday visit, we chose the Stiltonstuffed Mushrooms, perfectly complemented with

a Chive Mayonnaise; and the classy Ham-Hock Terrine, which was served with Red Onion Marmalade and warm bread. My Roast Pork was succulent and my partner’s Roast Beef was tender. We followed this with an imaginative home-made Peach Crumble and an enormous Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with raspberry coulis. Renato, the Brazilian Chef, knows how to please with dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon, Seafood Spaghetti and Calves’ Liver with Bacon. It is fancy food at very ‘fanciable’ prices, while Manager Chris and his team are chilled and welcoming. They also have a regular menu of events – a Quiz Night; Pie Night; Darts; a Beer Festival 19th-21st July, and, of course, live music.

But, whenever you choose to visit … watch out for those maniacs in lycra!

When booking please quote code 82

Ye Olde Cherry Tree Clacton Road, Little Oakley, Essex CO12 5JH Tel: 01255 886290


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WEELEY Colchester Road Clacton Essex CO16 9AD

CLACTON 24/26 Pier Avenue Clacton Essex CO15 1QN

OPEN 24/7

Open until 3am Fri & Sat

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Set on the quayside of the River Colne, Wivenhoe

The Rose and Crown has a wide range of drinks including cask ale and an extensive wine list, as well as a great range of soft drinks and coffees, along with a fabulous selection of British food to accompany your drinks.

Telephone: (01206) 826371 Monday-Saturday: 12pm to 11pm Sunday: 12pm to10:3pm Food served everyday 12pm-9pm 14

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Working in partnership

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre Essex Wildlife Trust’s new Abberton Reservoir visitor centre offers stunning views over the reservoir. Run by Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water, the centre is a gateway to local wildlife. The grassland areas already hold brown hare, skylark, lapwing and various butterfly species. ‘Wild Wood’, where 25,000 trees have been planted, is an interesting area for wildlife and will mature into thriving woodland. The reservoir is an important area for over wintering wildfowl including gadwall, coot and mute swan. In recent years short-eared owl, hen harrier and marsh harrier have been seen regularly using the rough vegetation found on site. Common terns return in May from Africa each year to nest on the tern rafts that have been provided and nightingales can be heard in the mature hedgerows from end of April.

Short Eared Owl Photo: Dave McGough

The visitor centre is all on one level, allowing easy access, including for the disabled. The shop offer visitors a range of products, including binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and feeders, gifts and cards, plus hot and cold drinks, snacks, handmade cakes and ice creams.

The newly installed wildlife themed play area, due to be opened on the 25th May 2013, provides children with the opportunity of exploring inside a long tailed tit nest; seeing the world through the eyes of a rabbit and taking the challenge of squeezing through the spider web, before being caught by the spider or whizzing down the arial runway. Entrance to the visitor centre and the play area is via a donation system. Essex Wildlife Trust offers a wide range of school holiday activities for all ages at Abberton, including their annual Wildlife & Country Fair. Booking is essential for all events and places are limited. For up to date information on events please call the centre team or visit Essex Wildlife Trust’s website at and look under Abberton Reservoir.

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre Church Road Layer de la Haye Colchester Essex CO2 0EU Broad Bodied Chaser Photo: John Pringle

Registered charity no. 210065

Telephone: 01206 738172 Email: Website: Facebook:

Protecting Wildlife for the Future and for the People of Essex

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