2021 is the year Clacton-on-Sea celebrates its 150th anniversary and there are many other projects linked with the trail and celebratory events planned for later in the year to commemorate this occasion.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) is funding a new seafront heritage trail in Tendring, from Jaywick Sands to Holland Haven and incorporating Clacton town centre, to celebrate the milestone.
The trail will cover more than five miles of beautiful coastline and engage with local schools, elder care settings and the wider community; encouraging them to be active and promote health and wellbeing, whilst learning about the local history and enjoying what the area has to offer. It will include interactive technology to bring the history to life in a fun and engaging way to convey Clacton’s story and the town’s heritage.
Listening benches and audio posts will also be added to connect individuals with stories of Clacton through the years.
Tendring District Council has partnered with Street Tag to turn Clacton in to a virtual tag playground.
Virtual tags will be placed along popular walking routes and areas with green space from Jaywick Sands through to Holland-on-Sea, along the seafront and in Clacton town centre to encourage physical activity and in turn good mental health.
Families and other users will be encouraged to walk, run or cycle to the virtual tags and the digital monument which are placed on the Street Tag app map.
Those taking part in Street Tag collect points assigned to virtual tags, once they are within 40-metre radius of them, and steps can also be synced and converted into Street Tag points. These points add up in real time on the leader board, with prizes to be won at the end of each season.
Along the way you can experience the local heritage and history of Clacton through audio, video, pictures, and text on the augmented reality Monument Tours in the Street Tag App.
How to get involved
- Install the app, create a team and join a leader board.
- Earn points from physical activities indoor and outdoor walking, running, cycling to collect virtual tags + convert your steps into points.
- Get Rewards/Win prizes such as sports equipment, amazon vouchers and more.
Tendring District Council and NLHF are working in partnership to deliver a fun and exciting dynamic trail of octopuses around Tendring, the sculpture trail is being created and delivered on behalf of Mayflower 400, Clacton 150 and the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot by KAT Marketing.
The sculptures are decorated by local artists and displayed across the district for 10 weeks, creating a large public art event trail for people to visit that will inspire. This will have a positive influence on people being active and motivating them to see the area.
At the end of the 10 weeks, the majority of the sculptures will be auctioned and will benefit local Tendring youth charities.
To join in download the Octopus Ahoy app to receive rewards by scanning the octopi you find.
Contact the Clacton 150 team
To contact the Clacton 150 project team please email: email@example.com
More exciting information will be coming soon, so watch this space!