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Tides of Tendring


The Tides of Tendring Project will be hosting a series of family fun and FREE summer events at Jaywick Martello Tower to promote the project, spread awareness on floods safety, and celebrate its opening exhibition!

To find out about all the events coming out check out the listings below and see their Facebook page here!

The Tides of Tendring Project, all its free events, and the exhibition are kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.



Art on the Beach
Saturday 10 August, Saturday 17 August, Saturday 24 August.

Pop up events: all welcome! Join us on the Saturdays in August for some family friendly fun on the beach! We will be getting creative to raise awareness of flooding and the Tides of Tendring events taking place at the Tower throughout the Summer!

Artist Vikki Walsh will be showing us how to make different types of flowers and leaves from a range of plastic waste, helping us to reduce our impact on the environment, which will end with an art installation at the Tower!

Join the Packing Shed Theatre Company on an immersive theatrical experience, where you solve the clues, crack the codes, and write your own story to find the treasure. Many years ago someone dropped a bottle into the sea. Inside there was a message, a cryptic clue that would lead to a treasure. A treasure that could one day save a life, perhaps hundreds of lives, possibly even thousands.


Coastal Photography
Sunday 4 August, Sunday 11 August, Sunday 18 August, Sunday 25 August.

Grab your camera or use one of ours and experience the nature of the Jaywick Sands coastline in a whole new light, or even through a new lens! No experience is necessary for these walks which will be led by photographers exploring wildlife and habitats on our ever changing coastline.


Tides of Tendring Exhibition
Wednesday 21 August – Sunday 8 September

This exciting community led exhibition by the Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower and the Tides of Tendring project explores the history of flooding in Tendring and its effects on the local area. The exhibition hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of flooding and prepare those who might be affected by it. With lots of events and talks alongside the exhibition it’s sure to be informative and fun.




Tides Talks - Eco House
Wednesday 21 August, 11am

As part of the Tides of Tendring Exhibition the project welcomes Chris Southhall to Jaywick Martello Tower who will be talking to us about his DIY Eco House. By living in eco houses we can help turn the tide on the negative environmental effects that can cause catastrophic flooding in the area. Find out how Chris uses recycling and self-sufficiency to reduce his environmental impact, you may even want to adopt some of the strategies for yourself!  



Seawall Painting
Thursday 22 August

The Tides of Tendring project will be painting a mural on the seawall! Come on down and see its progress throughout the day and maybe even have a go yourself. Inspired by the Seawall Mural at Canvey Island the Tides of Tendring Mural hopes to be a reminder of the dangers of flooding which will slowly fade over time, as we hope the risk of flooding will do too.


Tides of Tendring Heritage Day
Sunday 25 August, 10am

Join us for this Tides of Tendring Heritage Day where we will be bringing together our partners from the project to celebrate the coastline! Get involved with art workshops throughout the day, join one of our guided walks with Bob Seago, celebrate history with heritage groups and Canvey Island, learn more about protecting yourself against flooding, and see the reveal for our wonderful flower art installation.


Tides Talks - Moving Coast
Wednesday 28 August, 11am

As part of the Tides of Tendring Exhibition Bob Seago, the warden of the Colne Point Nature Reserve for Essex Wildlife Trust, will be here presenting a talk 'Moving Coast' detailing how flood waters have impacted the habitat in Tendring, including bringing new species to the area.




EA Tides4Kids

Thursday 29 August, 10am-1pm

Kids activities led by Environment Agency. Check out the Turd Tank, play the Grab Bag Slide and the Flood Slide!




Tides Talks - Redshank House

Friday 30 August, 6pm

Lisa Shell will be here discussing Redshank House, a cork-clad cabin raised above a tidal salt marsh and the technical obstacles to building on the wrong side of the sea wall, in a nature reserve, and on sand. Explaining the ways in which efforts were made to minimise the building's environmental impact and accommodate the existing bird populations.




Tides Talks - Canvey Island
Thursday 5 September, 2pm

The 1953 floods were devastating for Jaywick Sands which is well known in this area but the town was not alone in the disaster. Hear how the 1953 flood disaster unfolded and how it affected the people of Canvey as we welcome our new friends from the Canvey Island Community Archive who will be here to give their side of the flooding story.