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The Spring 2024 Course is a subject that's close to home - Happy, Healthy Holidays on the Essex Coast - and is a trip into the past, looking at the development and heritage of holidays at Essex seaside resorts during the 19th & 20th Centuries.

This 5-week course runs from Monday 15th January to Monday 12th February 2024 - each session from 7.00-8.30pm - and the tutor is Claire Parker, a respected local historian.

The course takes place in Great Maplestead Village Hall, Lucking Street, Great Maplestead, Essex CO9 2RE


When and why did holidaying at the seaside along Essex's Sunshine Coast become popular?

Spending summers at the seaside in Essex became a thing in the 19th & 20th centuries, with families increasingly attracted to enjoy carefree days on the beach and see famous entertainers in variety shows in the evenings at resorts all along the coast.

This course is a trip into the past, looking at the heritage of holidays on the Essex coast, covering topics such as family trips, famous names in popular entertainment and the development of Essex seaside resorts, their highlights and heydays, decline and development

The course is an opportunity to find out, in an informal, friendly atmosphere, how Essex resorts faced the challenges of the tourist boom to successfully develop and thrive, reminisce and share memories with like-minded people and also learn more about a little-known aspect of Essex history.

Enrol for this course either online at or by phone on 0300 303 3464 (quoting course reference Q00012247).

The cost of the course is £31.50

Please contact Jean Bowers  if you require any further information.

Tel: 01787 460 181




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