People are invited to take part in guided heritage tours around Clacton and Frinton on the forthcoming bank holiday.
Led by a guide dressed in a 1960s seaside outfit, the 1.5 mile 90-minute walk will take in various sights as the resorts’ tourist history is explored.
The tours both take place on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 27. The Clacton tour will begin at the end of the Pier underneath the Venetian Bridge at 11am, while the Frinton walk sets out from the Railway Cottage at 2pm.
Both walks are free, and are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Essex County Council (ECC) supported Resorting to the Coast project, which is also supported by Tendring District Council (TDC).
Resorting to the Coast hopes to encourage regeneration and was listed in the Essex Economic Commission report in March as a way of addressing some of the challenges faced by coastal towns.
A successful conference was held at the end of April bringing together local heritage groups, academics and others to examine whether Tendring coastal resorts’ pasts could help shape their future and act as a tourism driver.
Sue Lissimore, ECC Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, said the conference was just one part of the project.
“There was a wonderful vibe at the event and the feedback from delegates has been great,” she said.
“Now we need to keep that momentum going, and what better way to get people involved than to take them on a tour of Clacton and Frinton.
“I really hope people sign up for these walks as they promise to be fascinating.”
Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, added: “Tendring has some fantastic resorts each offering something different, but what unites them is that shared heritage of the classic British seaside holiday.
“What Resorting to the Coast does is help examine that past and look at how it can be used and celebrated, to help attract people to the District in the future.”
Resorting to the Coast, working with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, is also holding a schools event on Thursday, May 24.
Booking is not essential for the walks, but it does help the organisers have an idea of numbers. To book, or for information about other guided heritage walks in Tendring scheduled for July 29 and September 16, visit https://www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk/?event-category=events