We originally owned a petting zoo in Clacton between 2009 and 2015. The ‘Things to do in’ idea came about when I asked all customers who attended how they heard about it as we wanted to know which form of advertising was working the best. I found that customers had seen the board outside, previously attended the zoo, were local residents or the zoo had been recommended to customers. Over the years, the majority of customers said they had found it on the internet.

The Zoo monitored this feedback for three years! During this time we tried local radio adverts and maps around the town but neither of these options seemed to work.

At the beginning of 2014 we started asking all customers who said they have found the zoo via the internet if they could remember their search terms and to our surprise, around 90% of customers would say they typed in ‘things to do in Clacton’. We decided to investigate. When I did this for myself, I found that we were on Google and TripAdvisor under the categories of days out or children’s activities.

There wasn’t a ‘things to do in Clacton’ website so I thought it was a fantastic idea and we decided to buy the domain which then led to branching out to multiple locations across the UK.

The original idea was to start out as an attraction based business however due to rapid success, Things to do in has evolved into an online business advertising directory with the main reason being they had over one hundred and thirty page one Google search terms just in Clacton alone!

Things to do in want to offer customers a one stop shop for online advertising at a very affordable rate as well as a link to their website, a purpose built microsite including a Google map and regular updates of businesses on Things to do in social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

Apart from having thousands of businesses on Things to do in, we also have thousands of unique visitors per week to the sites. My whole team believe it’s a win win situation!

What’s on in Clacton

Coffee Morning – Cancer Research

Every penny we raise means Macmillan can help more people with cancer live life as fully as they can. So pop down to our coffee morning and enjoy great company. Get social with a nice cuppa and a cake- yum! We’re located at Pier Hotel, 1 Orwell Road, CO15 1PR, Clacton-On-Sea On 27th September 2019  Continue Reading »

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Oakley’s Gift Charity Night

Come on down to The Royal Hotel located on Clacton On Sea’s lovely seafront on the 20th of April and enjoy a great night of entertainment and fundraising in aid of Colchester Hospital’s Bereavement Services. All the money made from the night will be going towards helping them. Doors open for the event at 9:30pm  Continue Reading »

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Premature Baby Charity Event- Awareness And Support

Bliss provide practical and emotional support for families during an extremely difficult time, so they can give the best care to their babies. We exist to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life. We champion their right to receive the best care possible  Continue Reading »

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Summer Fun Fest!

Join us on the 1st of June from 1pm until 10pm for our fantastic Summer fun fest! There will be a BBQ going throughout serving up some tasty snacks and appetisers. There is a vegetarian option available, just ask. There is a disco from 3pm and entertainment running all day. Our DJ, Crazy Al will  Continue Reading »

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Things To Do In Clacton

People come from miles around to visit and find things to do in Clacton and it offers a little something for everyone. Whether its walking on the beach, strolling up the promenade or having a cream tea in  one of the many cafes, Clacton has plenty of things to do. If your looking for things to do with the kids, then look no further! Here we pride ourselves on having Clacton Pier, being the largest pleasure pier in the UK and Europe covering a staggering 6 1/2 acres. It's been completely revamped in the last 7 years and undergoing upgrades continuously! Costing millions but now what a fantastic place to visit with all the brand new rides, go cart track, fantastic state of the art amusements arcades, an updated Sealife Aquarium where you can see local sea life, from Bass to Smooth Hounds, Crabs, Lobsters, Eels, and various other fish and crustaceans. Also other tropical fresh and salt water fishes from around the world along with a wide variety of turtles. With Theatres and a vast variety of amusements including pool tables and bowling- you'll be spoilt for choice with things to do here! If you are looking for a show to see then check out our entertainment category.

The Leisure Centre in Clacton holds the opportunity to go swimming if the sea isn't your thing, you can play badminton, football, basketball, tennis or even go to the gym for a workout, check out our sports and leisure sections to find out more. There's so much for all the family to do here in Clacton On Sea, Adventure Golf, Bingo, cinemas, Theatres, Kids adventure play grounds, Night clubs along with Restaurants that include, American, Turkish, Mexican, English, Italian, Chinese, Traditional fish and chips and still so many more! You can't find more things to do in Clacton than right here on this website.

Clacton Shopping

Shopping in Clacton, I don't know where to start, Of course you have the town which is just full of different shops for all sorts of different items. You have all of your main branded stores but you also have a lot of privately owned businesses that don't sell just the usual things that you would expect so keep your eye out for any hidden treasures. Also, something that is quite individual, there is a cafe that sells shabby chic furniture right out of the store so make sure you do keep your eyes peeled. So the town offers you everything you would expect shopping wise and more but Clacton is also home to The Factory Outlet which has recently had renovations and now looks amazing, just a very short bus journey or drive from the town centre. You can find even more shops here plus some cafes and restaurants. There's also plenty of parking so no need to worry about that, just go get shopping!

About Clacton On Sea

Clacton-On-Sea is the largest town on the Essex sunshine coast. In the summer It becomes a bustling yet affordable seaside resort, boasting an array of different entertainment facilities, shopping amenities and an outlet village. Just some of the main attractions include; The Iconic Clacton Pier, Amusement arcades, Pavilion Fun park, Ten-pin bowling centre, Popular Golf Clubs, High street Restaurants, Both the West Cliff & Princes theatres and Two large secondary schools. Clacton offers an annual events program such as Fete's, Fairs, Carnival and Air show. Transport links make Clacton extremely accessible to the A12, Regular train links into London Liverpool St Station and a busy Airfield. Clacton On Sea beaches have just had £36,000,000 spent on them in regards to the coastal protection scheme. The beaches have had sand pumped onto them from off shore and estimated to be over one million tonnes, this now offers greater protection to the coast line from Clacton to Holland on sea. In regards to visitors to Clacton, it means they have a dry beach to play and sunbath on all day! The tides do not effect the beaches as they are approx six feet higher than before, this now means family can spend the whole day on the beaches and we're very lucky as these are sand beaches unlike other beaches such as Brighton who have very stony beaches.

Clacton has also been voted one of the best beaches in the UK and is right next door to St Osyth which has been given the title of 'driest place in England' so no rain mixed with sunshine, a pier and beaches are all the components you need to make a lovely family holiday. Clacton On Sea just so happens to be the largest town in the Tendring district and with being a seaside resort, you will find that the summer months is when Clacton really thrives as the beaches and amusements just flood with people to come enjoy themselves! Since Butlins is no more in Clacton, the holiday parks and entertainment in the town centre has just taken over. The port of Harwich is just a stones throw away and can take you to new locations if you want to do some exploring. There are just so many things to do in Clacton!