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PLEASE NOTE The first phase of the access road improvements to the Tower has been completed, meaning that car access and parking outside the Tower is available again.

Phase two of the road improvements will begin in September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

13 July 2017


EdgelandsPeripheral Edgelands

Thursday 13 July - Sunday 10 September

Preview - Wednesday 12 July, 5-7pm

Alan Hockett explores the edges of habitation of the Essex Landscape. These areas have multiple uses from out of town shopping to industrial sites to wasteland, but once the shops close, factories stop work, they become a stage for street racing, or crusing for teenagers. Desire paths created by urban landscaping not fitting the actual journey of the people that use it, creating a discourse between the design and its actual use.


Creative Net

Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month.

Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided. 

Wednesday 6 September, 11am-1pm Come and spend some time on the beach with Alan Hockett making Anothotype prints using plant matter. We will prepare the paper prior to selecting objects that we can to create a print.

Wednesday 4 October, 11am-1pm Popular ceramic painting returns! This session must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 1 November, 11am-1pm Learn how to create your own ‘hot glue gun printmaking motifs’ to use with textile spraypaint and ‘print’ a decorative textile panel with artist Valerie Osment. 

Wednesday 6 December, 11am-1pm Get into the festive spirit by making some Christmas decorations with us. Mince pies provided! 



C-Net summer 2017



Camera Obscure

Due to a broken window we have had to postpone this event.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We will reschedule this event for May 2018.


(photograph by Chris Matthews)





ClownResorting to the Coast Seaside Entertainment Spectacular

Thursday 31 August, 11am - 4pm

Please feel free to drop in for all or just some of the activities listed below as they are all optional.  Norman’s talk will be inside the tower and seating is on a first come first served basis (capacity for 60 seats) so be sure to arrive shortly before 12 noon!

11:00     Gather outside the tower for an optional 25 minute walk, ‘My Seaside Mile’.

Come along for a guided tour with Ruth Raymer, psychogeographer, writer, thinker and dreamer. Taking a playful and inventive approach to exploring the environment, Ruth will lead you on a mile-long adventure along the sunny coast of Jaywick Sands, sharing observations, stories, fact and fiction as she goes with games and activities along the way. Suitable for all ages. Dogs on leads welcome. Tours last for approximately 20-25 minutes. To find out more and book a place for the walks at 11am and 4pm visit

12:00     Resorting to the Coast talk by local historian, Norman Jacobs, ‘Tendring Seaside Heritage and Clown Bertram’ (inside tower)

13:00-16.00     The Grand Theatre of Lemmings entertains with their spectacular interpretation of Tendring’s seaside heritage!  Activities, which will take place on the hour, include comedy, magic, music and a flea circus! There will also be hula hooping and ‘Splat-the-Rat’ in traditional seaside wears. The Smallest Theatre in the World will also be there to collect audio memories and Clown Bertram’s talent will be honoured by the Lemmings’ tribute to this witty children’s entertainer from Clacton’s past.

16:00     Gather outside the tower for an optional 25 minute walk, ‘My Seaside Mile’

                (as above)

Prepare to belly laugh and enjoy our traditional seaside entertainment, all completely free and courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Essex County Council in partnership with Tendring District Council.

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