Naze Tower opens from 1st April for heritage, culture, food and spectacular views

The Naze Tower re-opens its doors for the 2017 season on Saturday 1st April and will be open every day 10am to 5pm until 31st October.

The 86ft historic landmark is dramatically situated on the cliffs at the Naze – its roof-viewing platform gives 360-degree panoramic views of coastal Essex and Suffolk. Inside, the tower houses a museum about the history of the Tower and the Naze, a tea rooms with seating inside and outside and an art gallery.

Throughout the 2017 season three art exhibitions are programmed. Work by 38 established and emerging artists from East Anglia in a wide range of media, from painting and photography to ceramics and glass will be on show.

Highlights of the Spring Exhibition…

Shown over six floors in the Naze Tower the Spring Exhibition shows off the creative talent that is abundant in our region.

Ted Toms, who finds inspiration for his oil paintings from the Stour Estuary and the North Sea coast will be having a solo show. Ted’s work has a painterly and atmospheric quality that draws you in. An alumni of Colchester Art School where he was taught by leading artists John Nash and Peter Blake, Ted is a member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists.

Sara E Napoletani, who also attended Colchester Art School, will be having a solo show. Sara paints using watercolour and egg tempera, a challenging medium but one that adds a vibrancy to her work. Her studies of birds are inspired by the freedom of flight and the pure beauty of these fabulous creatures. They are the epitome of spirits in the wind and she endeavours to recreate that in her paintings.

In our mixed show we have photo collage by Barbara Basso-Bert that celebrates the small details of our island and quirky exquisite animal drawings by Annette Standing. Crafts are also well represented. We have the delicately hand painted ceramics of renowned husband and wife team Leon and Jenny Pettersson. Who have been potters for over 30 years. Their decorative yet functional wares are inspired by their garden and surrounding countryside, including dragonflies, warblers, hares and stag’s. In contrast we also have on show ceramics by Nancy Dunham, which reflect the subtle and distinct nature of porcelain. Helen Wallace will be showing two jewellery collections created in silver clay. One is inspired by the natural world; leaves,seed heads and buds found in her garden, and the other by the fossilised 50 million year old sharks’ teeth found on the beach below the Naze Tower.

Each year we choose Tower Favourites who will show different work throughout the season. In 2017 back by demand Edmund Oxborrow’s unique driftwood scenes inhabited by sea birds and prints by celebrated Norfolk artist Samuel Thomas. Influenced by pop art, art deco & the psychedelic, escape into Samuel’s world where picture perfect moments in life exude with intense colour combinations & intricate patterns: “maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.”

The Spring Exhibition runs from the 1st April to the 18th June.

Naze Tower,

The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LE

Tel: 01255 852519

Open in 2017:

1st April-31st October everyday 10am – 5pm

Admission Prices in 2017:

£3 adult,£2.50 seniors/students

£2 child under 16s/under 4s free

£8 Family: 2 adults & up to 4 children

Free admission to Tearooms in Tower

Naze Ranger Guided Walks

Starting at the Naze Tower. Essex Wildlife Trust led regular walks about the natural and built heritage of the Naze.

Want to learn more about the history, geology or nature of the Naze? Why not go on one of these regular walks around the Naze led by the Naze Education Ranger or one of our volunteers.

Please allow for the walk to take up to 2hrs, steep terrain at times, suitable for wheelchairs.

Regular activities/events all year round for all the family.

For more information please contact the Naze Education Ranger: Sophie Turpin 01255 679379 e-mail:

From Time to time we run organised guided walks/events & activities around the Walton Trails/Naze , watch this space for more information

Leaflet Guides & information to all these walks are available from the Walton Community office on the High Street.

Naze Guided Walks with the Wildlife Trust Rangers

*Please allow between 1 to 2 hours for the walk to complete. Steep terrain but wheelchair friendly.

*More information please contact:

Naze Education Ranger-Ben Eagle

E.mail or call 07742509489

Walton Wildlife Trail

A wildlife walk around the stunning Naze at Walton. Dogs are welcome, on a lead near nesting areas. Children welcome but consider walk length. This walk is mainly off road, and the terrain is grassy and can be uneven. Refreshments and toilets are available at the start point, but there are no pit stops over a large part of the walk and it is very open terrain, please dress sensibly for the weather and bring water.

Walton History Trail

A walk through the town and industrial areas of Walton-on-the-Naze with a focus on the history of the town. Medium Walk at a slow pace. Dogs and children are welcome. This is a medium length walk partly off road on paths that may be overgrown. Refreshments and toilets are available en route. Parts of the walk are on open sea wall, please dress sensibly for the weather.

Walton WWII Trail

An interesting walk exploring the history of the Naze during World War Two. Short walk at a slow pace. Dogs and children are welcome. This walk is off road, and the terrain is grassy and can be uneven. Refreshments and toilets are available at the start point.

Walton Little Explorer Trail

A walk around the town of Walton designed for children stopping at points of interest with things to see and do. Dogs and children are welcome. This walk is all on road. Refreshments and toilets are available en route. Bring paper and crayons to do rubbings of the signs en route.

For more info about accessability visit: Tips & Info Page

For more info: 01255 677006

Leaflets are available from: Leaflet Page

Contact us with your e-mail address if you would like to be notified of guided walks on the trails.