The Essex resort of Clacton-on-Sea is home to around 53,000 people. London Liverpool Street is a 90-minute train journey away.
The place is said to be named after Clacc, leader of a group of Saxons who settled the area around 500 AD. The area has a long history of smuggling and there are legends of old smuggler's tunnels beneath the town.
Clacton's iconic pier opened in 1872 and has plenty of fairground rides and diversions. As well as the golden sands, the town offers welcoming seafront gardens, an assortment of pubs, clubs, bars and eateries, a leisure centre and the Princes and West Cliff theatres.
The town also plays host to a spectacular air show every August.
Clacton has a variety of shops, both large and small, along with a modern shopping centre and the Clacton Factory Outlet, which offers many discount items.