Discover the wonders of Walton
What to see and do in Walton – Visitors Guide
Explore our beautiful seafront
We have miles of clean, safe, sandy beaches ideal for a summer day out or even a winter walk! And to the north of the town we have acres of lush grass at the top of the cliffs – a wonderful place to relax and watch children play.
Get in the swim
In the summer months the gently-shelving beaches are ideal for safe swimming. And throughout the year you can take a dip in our Swimming Pool on the Bathhouse Meadow, including an Aqua Slide for the kids to enjoy! Tel: 01255 676608
Walton Pier – Second longest in Britain
Pier and Amusements
We are proud to have the second longest pier in Great Britain with one of the world’s oldest operating amusement parks. With tenpin bowling, rides, bingo and refreshments throughout the summer!
Supersaver Wristband – One price to pay, play all day! Tel: 01255 672288
The unspoilt headland of Walton consists of about 50 acres of grass coastal heath land and 50 acres of scrub woodland with about 200 acres of saltmarsh to the north of the sea wall. The Naze itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its fossil-rich cliffs, and at its northern end is The John Weston Nature Reserve.
Dominating this area is the Naze Tower, built in 1720 by Trinity House to guide shipping into the busy port of Harwich. The tower is open from April until the end of October as an art gallery, museum and café – click on the link to visit the Walton Art Directory for more information.
Educational visits are also available at the Naze Tower – please contact Michelle Nye-Browne on: 01255 852519
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.
Walk along our backwaters for an alternative view of Walton, which is extremely rich in bird life and geology. Pick up a copy of the Walton Wildlife Guide leaflet from the Tourist Information Bureau or the Community Project Shop.
An excellent way of seeing wildlife of the backwaters, including its 70-strong seal colony, is by taking a trip with Tony Haggis on his boat Karina – bookings on: 07806 309460
or 07596 597615
Or if you just want to sit and enjoy the wonderful views across the backwaters, visit the Harbour Lights bar and restaurant at Titchmarsh Marina, off Kirby Road, Tel: 01255 851887
Walton Maritime Museum
Walton Maritime Museum is located in the Old Lifeboat House in East Terrace. It is run by the Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust and houses a collection of Walton memorabilia with emphasis on its maritime connection. It is open daily from June to September.
The Heritage Trust has also restored the world’s oldest surviving motor lifeboat, the James Stevens No.14, which was based at Walton at the beginning of the last century. You can view the James Stevens at Titchmarsh Marina, access via Kirby Road, or book a trip around the backwaters on: 01255 861440
(also number for museum enquiries.)
More information: www.fwheritage.co.uk
Traditional boat manufacture and panoramic views of the backwaters and old boating lake can be seen from The Town Hard in Mill Lane.
Enjoy sea fishing by boat or sea angling off the pier – catch skate, bass and cod in season. For fully-equipped boat chartering and rod hire, call: 01255 675664
Walton’s bustling weekly traditional market on Thursdays offers a wide variety of wares, from household goods to plants, clothing, and fruit and veg. Opposite the market entrance, don’t miss the chance to buy locally-caught fish from Gary Haggis on his seafront stall, open Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Columbine Leisure Centre, Princes Esplanade, holds regular events. Call 01255 851680
for further details. Within the centre is the Indoor Bowls Club, which has open sessions for the public. Website: www.columbinecentre.co.uk
At the northern end of the Bathhouse Meadow is the Skateboard Park, suitable for beginners to advanced skaters (FREE).
Tourist Information and advice on local issues all year round from the Walton Community Project, 61 High Street Walton, Monday – Friday, 10.00 – 4.00pm. Tel: 01255 677006
TDC Tourist Information Office, open in high season. Tel: 01255 675542
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