Elm Farm Country Park
Frinton Road, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex CO16 0JE
With a vast number of Blue Flag beaches, Essex is one of the finest destinations on the east coast for trips to the seaside. Whether its bucket and spade fun, relaxing on a deckchair, or adrenaline-fueled watersports, the beaches here will stay in the memory long after the sun has set on your holiday.
Frinton-on-Sea is a family resort noted for its clean, safe and gently shelving sandy beaches, along with colourful Victorian-style beach huts which line the seafront. The beach here rarely gets overcrowded, so there’s plenty of space for kids to roam and parents to relax. (Distance from park: 4.2 miles)
Considered by many as the jewel in the crown of the Essex coast, Clacton-on-Sea beach provides a taste of the classic British seaside holiday. Along with a fine Victorian pier, there are all the seaside amusements and attractions you could wish for. Clacton beach itself is a large stretch of clean golden sand and is extremely popular with families.
(Distance from park: 5.6 miles)
Also in Clacton-on-Sea, Martello Tower Beach is a sandy beach named after a small defensive fort known as a 'Martello Tower' which sits close by and that dates back to the 19th century. It features traditional beach huts, and there are beautiful cliff-top gardens which overlook the golden sand. (Distance from park: 8.9 miles)
Walton-on-the-Naze is a traditional seaside town with gently shelving sandy beaches which stretch for over three miles. The town is famous for its pier, which is the second-longest in the country, and its iconic tower ‘The Naze’, which boasts spectacular views.
(Distance from park: 4.6 miles)
Southend-on-Sea is a seaside resort town with over seven miles of the cleanest seafront in the UK, including three ‘Blue Flag’ beaches. There are a variety of activities to enjoy and sights to see from water sports to wildlife watching, not forgetting leisurely walks along Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. (Distance from park: 56.4 miles)