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Frinton-on-Sea Area Guide

Frinton-on-Sea. Image courtesy of Flickr user John Dobson

A small seaside town in the Tendring district of Essex, Frinton on Sea offers a distinctly different waterside scene compared to most English sea fronts. A number of bylaws introduced to the area by Sir Richard Powell Cooper more than 100 years ago prevent much of the commercial development that has taken over other resorts. As a result the town does not have a pier, there are no amusement arcades to be found on the esplanade and ice creams are not permitted on the beach.

The popularity of the town as a fashionable holiday and commuter destination for upper class Londoners boomed in the 1920's and 1930's and the area was regularly visited by Prince Edward. Much of the local architecture features Edwardian villas, art deco houses and quaint cottages dotted amongst green spaces. Frinton on Sea became synonymous with a battle to save 'Frinton Gates', a level crossing which marked the entrance to the town and a stretch of prestigious avenues and sporting clubs, until it was removed by Network Rail in 2009. The town has a reputation for being a centre for conservative values and more traditional English attitudes, with the first fish and chip shop only permitted in 1992 and the first pub in the town only opening in 2000.

The beach at Frinton on Sea is more than a mile long and is lined with hundreds of pretty beach huts, and sprawling landward from the promenade is a long greensward. The nostalgic street scene and culture are drawing interest from a new generation of residents who are attracted by its unspoilt gentility.


The town, combining Frinton and Walton has a population of just over 19,000 with the wider district of Tendring being home to 138,000. Approximately 4.5% of people living within the district are unemployed. The average property price in Frinton on Sea is around £257,000.


There is limited education provision in Frinton on Sea. The two primary schools in the area Frinton-on-Sea Primary School and Kirby Primary School. Hamford Primary School is also within catchment and is situated in nearby Walton on the Naze. Tendring Technology College has a campus in Frinton on Sea and offers secondary and sixth form facilities for children aged 11 years to 18 years old. The independent St Philomena's Preparatory School offers coeducational private education for children aged from three years to 11 years old. The University of Essex is the nearest facility offering higher education courses.


Frinton Railway Station services are provided by Greater Anglia and run to Walton on the Naze, Colchester and Thorpe Le Soken. A regular bus service connects the town with Walton on the Naze, Clacton on Sea and Colchester via local villages, and there is also a Frinton and Walton Community Minibus Service. Route 51 of the National Cycle Network runs through the town and connects the area with Harwich and Colchester and pedestrian access is widely available. Nearest air travel is available at London Southend Airport and London Stansted Airport.

Amenities and Shopping

Connaught Avenue and The Triangle Centre are the focal points for the main shopping area of Frinton on Sea, with small family owned independent outlets being the most prevalent amongst a selection of retail outlets, together with Banks, Building Societies and offices building. Food and drink is largely catered for by the town’s hotels and cafés as well as the Lock, Stock & Barrel pub. A fish and chip shop and a betting office can also be found in the town.

Clubs and activities in the area include Frinton & Walton Indoor Bowls Club, Frinton on Sea Cricket Club, Frinton Golf Club and Frinton Lawn Tennis Club. There is also a water craft club and a youth football club in the town.

During the summer months entertainment is provided by The Frinton Summer Theatre, and the public gardens and museum are also included in the local amenities. The Frinton and Walton Indoor Swimming Pool is situated near the Columbine Centre on the seafront in Walton where there is also a pier.

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