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Buckets and Spades

Buckets and Spades

Explore the social history of the Great British Seaside and visit an Essex hidden garden to meet the owner and enjoy a cream tea.

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Meet the Guide at 10.30am just north of Colchester for morning coffee (included). We trace the story of the Essex Sunshine Coast from the wonky mediaeval buildings of the Tendring Peninsula at a time of traditional ship building and seafaring to the heyday of the Great British Seaside and beyond.

Social campaigners like William Morris talked up a trend for the poor to move to the coast to find liberation from city squalor.

Property developer Frank Stedman's motive was more money than altruism when he sold £50 plots on the salt marsh fields of Jaywick in the 1920s for East Enders to build holiday chalets. Driven by post war housing shortages, gradually these flimsy chalets became permanent homes and they are still lived in today. We visit Jaywick Martello Tower to see how a community art project aims to help banish the bleak.



Approximate Timings

1030 Arrive in Colchester to meet the guide and enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits (included)

1145 Begin the guided coach tour including a visit to The Jaywick Matello Tower

1245 Stop in Walton on he Naze for free time for lunch (not included)

1430 Arrive Green island Gardens for a visit and Cream Tea (included)

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £7.00 per day.Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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