Days Out 2: Frinton on Sea

 

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Just a short 20 minute drive from Lee Wick Farm, Frinton feels like an exclusive resort once you are ‘inside the gates’ (now railway barriers). Part of the town still has a feel of the 1920’s / 30’s about it, partly due to the selection of Art Deco Modernist houses at the far end of the sea front at the east of the town. If you love this style of architecture you wont want to miss out on a walk around this area.

Map showing Art Deco Houses  in Frinton

Map showing Art Deco Houses in Frinton

Architect Oliver HIllmost famously created ‘The Round House’ in 1934 which was to be the original show house for ‘Frinton Park Estate’ but sadly the management company only managed to sell around 10 of the planned 100 houses to be built here. Others were added by additional architects a bit later.Here’s a selection of some of the houses to be found here:

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Green Gates Art Deco House

Green Gates Art Deco House

My Favourite house on the sea front (above), at night the gates glow orange!

The main avenue that leads to the sea, Connaught Avenue, was historically dubbed ‘The Bond Street of Essex’. Shops, cafe’s, deli’s, restaurants and Frinton’s one and only pub, The Lock and Barrel (in recent years there has been the addition ofa cafe / wine bar which is dog friendly called Number 14) line the street. In keeping with the Art Deco theme, there is a specialist shop on Connaught Avenue called No 24 of Frinton, well worth a browse.

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At the end of Connaught Avenue you will find the greensward, perfect for a picnic if the tide is in, if not head down to the large expanse of sandy beach. Parts of the beach are dog friendly (look out forthe signs on the prom), from October – May 1st the whole length of beach is dog friendly. In the morning or eveningyou might see horse riders cantering along the sands, I once saw a woman walking three miniature goats on the beach, which was rather unexpected as at first I thought they were odd looking dogs, but very in keeping with the eccentric nature of the town! It’s great for a day on the beach with the kids in the summer, there are two rafts tethered to the beach to swim out to, and do bring or buy (in the sports shop in the town) a boogieboard to ride the waves in the shallows. By the way there is no cafe on the beach so make sure to bring a picnic with you, or grab a take away from one of the many cafes or the deli, there are a couple of cafe’s at the top of Connaught Avenue (before you cross towards the greensward) that sell ice-creams too.

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If you are a bit of a golf fan then turn right at the top of Connaught avenue and head towards the end of the greensward, you’ll find Frinton Golf Cub which offers the chance to play 9 or 18 holeswhile taking in the sea air.

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Before you leave, head to one of the restaurants on Connaught Avenue, we like Francksa french style bistro (it’s very unassuming so you can easily walk past it), Piatto, for Italian food or Avenue Bistrofor modern continental food.

If you visit Frinton let us know what you think, especially if you try any of the restaurants.