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Exhibition, Mon 4 Sep - Sun 29 Oct 2017


Jaywick is a small unique coastal village celebrated for its golden untouched beaches. The town was developed in the 1930’s as a holiday resort for Londoners. As people have visited and fallen in love with the unique area it has become a small residential seaside town with a strong community spirit.

The mixture of unique architecture and stunning coastline has inspired local and international artists creating an active arts scene. The Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists, giving a chance to display their talent in arts and crafts. It gives an opportunity to demonstrate what inspires them about their community, environment and heritage through their artwork. This is the eighth year of the Coastal Open. The previous years were hailed a success with artworks ranging from stunning prints on paper created from Jaywick Seaweed, intricate wood carvings, through to creative textiles, driftwood sculptures and paintings.

A visitor to the Coastal Open 2010 stated:-
“What an amazing venue for an excellent exhibition. What remarkable talent. Jaywick is an inspiring place, so much more to it and the people than most people realise. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting here.” 12th August 2010.

Jaywick Martello Tower is an innovative arts and heritage venue, originally built in 1809 as one of 103 Napoleonic fortifications. The tower has had a varied and interesting history culminating into the modern arts venue it is today. Since opening to the public in 2005 it has hosted many local and international successful art exhibitions and workshops. The community is an important aspect of Jaywick Martello Tower. It gives a platform for the community to creatively express their views.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopWelcome HostAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 4 Sep - Sun 29 Oct 2017
September, Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm
October, Weekends, 10.30am-3.30pm

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 4 Sep - Sun 29 Oct Coastal Open



01255 822783


Jaywick Martello Tower,
The Promenade, Belsize Avenue,
CO15 2LF



See location of Jaywick Martello Tower on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 136128  Lat: 51.77308 Long: 1.09465

Access: Jaywick Martello Tower has a wheelchair lift to the 1st floor, unfortunately not the roof due to the nature of the building.

Trains: Every hour from London Liverpool Street station to Clacton-on-Sea, check with National Railways before travelling.

Buses: Bus 10-11 from outside Clacton Station on left side of park. Bus stand does not show 10/11 but it is there. Get off at end of route, average time 20 minutes.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Clacton-on-Sea station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups